Game Recaps Archive
Season- Overall 23-12, League 13-6, Playoffs N/A
Season- Overall 28-12, League 19-1, Playoffs 0-2, St. Paul League Champs
Season- Overall 23-19, League 12-6, Playoffs 2-1, St. Paul League Champs and State Tournament 3rd Place
2012 State Tournament 3rd Place-
Game 2 - Capitals 5, Mpls Angels 4
Game 3 - Minnetonka 16, Capitals 0
Game 4 - Mpls Angels 9, Capitals 4
The 2nd weekend of the State Tournament opened with the Capitals facing off against the Minneapolis Angels. Starter Pat Carey gave the Caps 6+ strong innings
before turning the ball over to Kevin Kray who was dominant in relief and picked up the win. Game 1 starter Eugene Sturm got the save pitching a scoreless 9th.
Saturday matched the Capitals with the eventual champion Minnetonka Millers and it was the 3rd meeting in 2012 with the Millers taking the first two games. Starter
Eugene Sturm battled for 5 innings before some clutch 2 out hitting gave the Millers a 6-0 lead. The Millers got after the Capitals bullpen in the 6th and blew the game
open for 16-0 win in 7 innings. Game 4 was rematch with the Angels and the bats ran out of gas and saw the Caps eliminated with a 9-4 loss. Capitals State Tourney standouts:
Mark Groebner 7 hits, HR(5), 2 SBs; Rick Tossey 10 hits, 5 RBIs; Tom Peterson 8 hits, 5 RBI; Ryan Abrahamson 5 hits with 3 doubles; Eugene Sturm 2 starts (1-1), 10 Ks and a
save. It was a decent run after an up and down season and the Capitals look forward to doing it again next season.
2012 State Tournament
Game 1 - Capitals 9, SLP 3
After a stressful league playoffs, the Capitals were able to grab an early lead and cruise to a 9-3 victory in their first ever State Tournament game. Eugene
"The Warlock" Sturm (5-2) was masterful in his 8 innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits striking out 7 against a tough St Louis Park lineup. The Capital bats were alive
banging out 14 hits led by Tom Peterson and Rick Tossey with 4 each combining for 7 RBIs. Mark Groebner added 2 hits, 2 walks and a SB(5) and Kevin Kirkwold
had 2 hits. The Capitals advance to the 4 team double elimination mini-tournament next weekend taking on Park National #1 seed Minneapolis Angels Friday night
8:30pm at Red Haddox.
2012 Playoff Series vs. Air Freight-
Aug 3, 2012- AF 6, Capitals 0
Aug 4, 2012- Capitals 10, AF 4
Aug 5, 2012- Capitals 11, AF 10
On paper it may have been a matchup of a #1 seed and a #9 seed, but the top seeded Capitals were taken to the absolute limit by a playoff ready Air
Freight ball club. Game 1 saw one of the most dominating pitching performances of the year by Air Freight starter Josh Kubitschek who went the distance,
allowing 4 hits and striking out 16. Game 2 had the Capitals trailing 2-1 going in to the top of the 7th before 3B Ryan Abrahamson slugged 2 HRs giving the
Caps some breathing room and a 10-4 victory. Game 3 was an epic back and forth contest with Air Freight scoring 2 runs and going ahead 10-9 in the top of 9th
but the Caps were able to rally on the strength of a 2 out 2 run walkoff double by 1B Tom Peterson. Capitals playoff standouts: Ryan Abrahamson 2 HR(4,5),
Tom Peterson HR(6) and walkoff double, Kevin Kirkwold 2-3, BB and sac, and Kevin Kray throwing 5+ gutty innings of relief on no rest. Advancing to the State
Tourney for the first time in their 3 year history, the Capitals will play Sunday 4pm @Toro Field in Bloomington.
July 25, 2012- Capitals 5, HP 0
July 26, 2012- Capitals 7, HP 5
The Capitals picked up two big wins over Highland Park and secured their 2nd straight regular season title in the St. Paul league. Subpar regular season
aside, the Capitals head into the playoffs as a #1 seed and await the lowest surviving seed that emerges from the first round. Strong performances from
last week: Eugene Sturm CG shutout W, Mark Groebner 3 hits and 4 RBIs in Thursday game, Pat Carey 3-3 with 4 RBIs in Weds game and Rick Tossey 4-6 with
2 BB vs HP. Capitals will play their first playoff game Friday August 3rd 8:30pm @ Midway.
July 22nd, 2012- Rosetown 7, Capitals 6
With a 7th inning for the ages, Rosetown was able to come back from a 6-1 deficit scoring 6 runs with 2 outs. 8 Consecutive batters reached base
as things unraveled for the Capitals. A tough loss and new low point spoiled a great day at the plate for Tom Peterson who went 3-3 with HR(5) and 2 RBIs.
Mark Groebner homered (4), Loren Sjoquist and Ryan Abrahamson tripled, and Matt DeCovich added an RBI double. The Capitals still control their own destiny
in the St. Paul league with 3 games remaining and look to get back on track Tuesday night against Sport and Spine 8:30pm @Dunning.
July 18th, 2012- Capitals 4, Shamrocks 1
The Capitals get back on track with a league win over the St. Paul Shamrocks. Eugene Sturm (2-1) gets the win going 5 strong innings allowing
3 hits and 1 run while striking out 4. Kevin Kray got a save(2) with 2 perfect innings including 5Ks. Derek "Lil Hammer" Jacobson had 3 hits
and 2 SB(5) and Matt "Butera" DeCovich had 2 hits and called a great game behind the dish. Next for the Capitals is a non league game Saturday
July 21st 3pm @Eau Claire.
July 16th, 2012- River Pirates 2, Capitals 0
The Capitals dropped their 4th league game of the season to the always tough St. Thomas River Pirates. The Caps were unable to string any hits
together against the tough lefty starter for the Pirates. Matt Nelson threw 5 effective innings allowing 2 runs and Kevin Kray threw a scoreless
6th. Mark Groebner and Pat Carey each added 2 hits for the offense. Next game Weds. 8:30pm vs. Shamrocks @ Dunning.
July 15th, 2012- Capitals 3, Blue Package 2
The Capitals (16-11, 9-3) needed their home at bats in the 7th but were eventually able to get past Blue Packaging Sunday afternoon. Pat "River"
Carey threw 5 strong innings allowing 1 unearned run despite a lower ab contusion. Kevin Kray (2-2) allowed his first earned run of the season but
ended up vulturing the win. Mark Groebner and Ryan Abrahamson each had 3 hits and Rick Tossey added 2 hits and a HR(8). Next game is changed to Monday night
vs. River Pirates 6pm @UST.
July 14th, 2012- St. Paul 12, Riverview 3
The Capitals sent five guys to the All Star game and each played in a big role in the 12-3 rout of Riverview. Manager Kevin Kirkwold dialed up a
winning lineup that including Capitals at 1B, 3B, LF and RF. Rick Tossey had 2 hits and a HR, Tom Peterson was 2-2 with a walk, Ryan Abrahamson
had 2 hits and made a couple web gems, and Mark Groebner had a hit and a walk. A great time was had by all and congrats to the 2012 hall of fame
inductees, especially Mike Vogel Sr. longtime Eastside Merchant and umpire.
July 12th, 2012- North End 8, Capitals 3
The Capitals (15-11, 8-3) dropped a league game to North End and fall out of first place in the St. Paul League. The story of the game was the
North End bats, specifically Luke Vogel and Tijl Vanderwege. Vogel put the Capitals in a deep hole early clubbing 2 HRs in the first 2 innings
driving in 6 runs when said and done. The few Capitals highlights included: Loren Sjoquist HR(3), Tom Peterson HR(4), and Derek "Little Hammer"
Jacobson 2 perfect innings of relief. Capitals look to get back on track Friday 7/13 6pm vs. Highland Park @ Dunning.
July 11th, 2012- Chaska 7, Capitals 6
The Capitals (15-10, 8-2) drop a non conference game to the Chaska Cubs. In an exciting back and forth game the home team was able to
generate the last rally and win the game in walkoff fashion. Matt DuCovich made his Capital pitching debut and held the Cubs scoreless
over his 6 innings allowing just 4 hits leaving the game with a 2-0 lead. Chaska ace Ryan Seifert threw 7 impressive innings striking out 10
and holding the Capitals to 2 runs. The offense for Capitals consisted of Rick Tossey going 3-4 with HR(7), 2B, IBB and 4 RBIs and multihit
games from Jack McDevitt, Derek Jacobson, and Ryan Abrahamson. Next game is Thursday 7/12 in a top of the standings showdown with North End
6:00pm at Dunning.
July 9th, 2012- Capitals 11, TC Saints 1
The Capitals (15-9, 8-2) beat TC Saints 11-1 in 6 innings returning from their version of the all star break. Pat Carey (3-0) picked up
the win going all 6 innings allowing just 5 baserunners and striking out 3. Derek Jacobson blasted 3 hits including 2 doubles and 3 RBI and a
SB(2). Loren Sjoquist added 2 doubles and Ryan Abrahamson had a perfect night at the dish going 1-1 with 2 walks and a sac fly. Next game is
a non-conference matchup with Chaska Weds 7:30pm.
June 30th, 2012- Capitals 4, Shamrocks 0
The Capitals (14-9, 7-2) beat Shamrocks 4-0 Saturday afternoon giving them sole possession of 1st place in the St. Paul league.
Pat Carey went to 2-0 limiting the Shamrocks to 3 hits and a walk. Loren Sjoquist had a nice day at the plate going 2-2 with a walk, SB(6)
and 2 RBI. Mark Groebner added 2 hits. The Capitals will take some time off for the 4th of July holiday and be back in action with a
game against the TC Saints July 9th 8:30pm @Dunning.
June 28th, 2012- Capitals 6, Air Freight 3
The Capitals (13-9, 6-2) beat Air Freight 6-3 Thursday night in a league game. It wasn't the prettiest game ever played but the Caps
escaped to the parking lot with the win. Matt Nelson went to 5-1 vulturing the win with 2 2/3 innings in relief of Eugene Sturm who started
and went 4 1/3. The Caps offense was led by Mark Groebner who went 3-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and a SB(2). Ryan Abrahamson (3) and Rick Tossey (6)
chipped in with 2 run HRs. Next game is against St. Paul Shamrocks Noon @Midway and should help clarify the top of the St. Paul league standings.
June 22-24, 2012- SpamTown Challenge 2nd Place
The Capitals traveled to Austin for the first time to participate in the SpamTown Challenge, a 16 team tournament with some of the
best Amateur teams in the country. The Capitals mowed through their bracket beating 2011 Class B runner up Burnsville, Chaska, and the
late entry Austin Blue Sox. The Caps were able to get by the Cold Spring Springers for the first time in the semifinals before being
bested by the Minnetonka Millers in the final. A big thanks to Austin for hosting the tournament and we hope it can be an annual event.
Championship Game TV Highlights
Player Highlights: Jamar Cadejuste, Matt Nelson, Pat Carey, Eugene Sturm CG victories. Ryan Abrahamson 2 HRs and a monster weekend, Loren Sjoquist walkoff
3 run HR vs Chaska and many stolen bases, and tournament MVP runner up Larry.
June 19, 2012- Capitals 12, TC Saints 2
The Capitals (8-8) get back to .500 with a solid win over the TC Saints. Mike Bland (2-1) had great pitch economy in holding the Saints
to 1 ER on 4 hits. For the offense Tom Peterson and newcomer Andy King paced the Capitals with 2 hits and 3 RBI each. Mark Groebner had 2 hits and a HR(3).
Ryan Abrahamson reached base 4 times and Rick Tossey returned from the DL with 2 hits. Next game is SpamTown tournament Game #1 Friday night 9pm vs. Mayfield ND.
Non Conference Update
The Capitals hit a rough patch losing 4 straight non-conference games. High/Lowlights: RHP Dustin Klabunde signed by St. Paul Saints,
RHP Ty McDevitt holds Minnetonka to 3 hits in a 3-0 loss, Phil McDermott HR(1) vs Miesville then lost
for season with broken arm, Rick Tossey 15 day DL with pulled hamstring, Derek Jacobson grand slam HR(1) vs Blaine Fusion. Capitals look to get
on track with league game against the TC Saints before heading south to Austin, MN for the epic SpamTown tournament over weekend of 6/22-6/24.
June 12, 2012- Rosetown 2, Capitals 0
The Capitals (7-4) lose 2-0 Tuesday night to Rosetown. A dramatic shift in offensive production after scoring 18 on Sunday, the short handed
Caps are unable to plate a run against A's starter Blake Fangel. Fangel was excellent scattering 6 hits and walking no one. Capital starter
Kevin Kray (1-1) was just as effective throwing all 6 innings allowing no earned runs on 2 hits and striking out 7. The Capital "offense" was paced by
Phil McDermott and Mike Bland with 2 hits each. Next game is Weds night 8pm @ Miesville.
June 10, 2012- Capitals 18, North End 10
The Capitals (7-3) go to 4-1 in league play beating North End on another steamy Sunday at Como High School. Not a pretty game by any
stretch of the imagination but the Capitals did enough with the bats to prevail. Highlights for the offense were: Tom Peterson 3 run HR(3)
and third consecutive game with a home run, Ryan Abrahamson 3 rbi double in the 1st inning and Mike Bland 2nd inning grand slam HR(2).
Ty McDevitt (1-0) got the win and Kevin Kirkwold earned his first hold. Next Game is Tuesday night vs Rosetown 8:30pm @ Dunning.
June 8, 2012- Capitals 8, Sport and Spine 4
The Capitals (6-3) win their 4th game in a row, including 3 against tough league competition, beating the Sport and Spine Diesel 8-4.
Matt "5K" Nelson (3-0) got the win going 4 innings scattering 5 hits and 2 earned runs. Tom Peterson hit a first inning 3 run HR(2) and
put out a few fires while grabbing the 1 2/3 inning save(2). Rick Tossey paced the offense with a 4-4 night with a double and 2 HR(4,5).
Next game is Sunday afternoon against North End 3pm @ Como HS.
June 6, 2012- Capitals 5, River Pirates 4
The Capitals (5-3) rallied back after a rain delayed start Weds night to beat the St. Thomas River Pirates. The Pirates jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead
before Kevin Kray (1-0) took over and threw 5 scoreless innings for the win. The story for the Capitals was clutch hitting
and the highlights were: Mark Groebner 2-4 RBI double and scored the winning run, Kevin Kirkwold 2 out 2 RBI single,
Tom Peterson game tying solo HR(1) in the 6th, and Rick Tossey walkoff 2 out RBI double in the bottom of the 7th. Next game is
Friday night against rival Sport and Spine Diesel 6pm @ Dunning.
June 2, 2012- Capitals 9, Osceola 7
June 3, 2012- Capitals 9, Air Freight 1
The Capitals (4-3) win a pair over the weekend. The bats began to heat up as the Capitals blasted 4 home runs: Mark Groebner (2), Mike Bland (1),
Pat Carey (1), Rick Tossey (3). Pat Carey had a great weekend totaling 5 hits and grabbed the save against Osceola. Matt Nelson (2-0) went 3 solid
innings against Air Freight and Gopher righty Ty McDevitt made his Capital debut throwing 4 scoreless innings. Next game is Weds night against the
St. Thomas River Pirates 8:30pm @ Dunning.
May 31, 2012- Blue Package 2, Capitals 1
The Capitals (2-3) drop their league opener to an improved Blue Package team. Despite solid pitching from righties Dustin Klabunde and
Kevin Kray holding the Package to 2 runs, the Capitals bats were unable to put together any real threats. Props to solid efforts from several
Blue Package pitchers. Highlights: Loren Sjoquist hit a solo HR(1), Ryan Abrahamson had 2 doubles and Rick Tossey had 2 hits and a SB(1).
Next game Saturday 7:30pm in Osceola, WI.
May 22, 2012- Capitals 4, St. Anthony 0
The Capitals (2-2) grab their 2nd win with impressive pitching and defense over a solid St. Anthony team. The bats were
relatively quiet against several excellent St. Anthony pitchers but lefties Matt Nelson (1-0) and Tom Peterson (1-0, 1 SV) were
dominant combining for the 9 inning shutout. The ZERO walks helped reverse the trend this year and allowed the Capital defense
to shine in a well played fast moving game. Kurt Schlangen provided some pop with a solo HR(1) and the Capitals welcomed fellow Gopher 1B/OF
Ryan Abrahamson to the squad and he grabbed his first Capital hit. Next game Thursday May 24 vs Stockmens Irish (weather permitting).
May 17, 2012- Mpls Angels 10, Capitals 8
The Capitals (1-2) again struggled to throw strikes and make plays in the field, walking 12 and committing 4 errors, leading to a
10-8 loss to a very good Angel team. The bats showed some life clubbing 3 home runs including 2 from Rick Tossey in a 4 for 4 effort and
Mark Groebner's tape measure shot to left. Next game Sunday funday 3pm vs. American Pie @McMurray.
May 14, 2012- Capitals 10, Lyons Pub 4
The Capitals (1-1) picked up their first win of the season beating 2011 Class A runner up Lyons Pub 10-4. Tom Peterson (1-0) went 4 innings
and got the win. At the dish he was 3-4 with 2 RBIs. Phil McDermott had 2 hits and Derek Jacobson reached base 3 times with a hit and
2 walks. The Capitals will play the Minneapolis Angels Thursday 5/17 8:30pm @Dunning.
May 10, 2012- St Louis Park 9, Capitals 6
After a long winter the Capitals (0-1) returned to the field Friday May 10th to play St. Louis Park. Both teams struggled to throw
strikes but Park's bats and gloves were much closer to midseason form than the home team Capitals. The Capitals welcomed lefty
pitcher Jamar "Juice" Cadejuste and new catcher Chris Hall to the 2012 squad. Juice combined with veteran righty Eugene Sturm
to throw 6 2/3 effective innings allowing a total of 5 ER on 9 hits. The bats were pretty quiet with just 5 hits but the Capitals
were able to draw 10 walks. SS Loren Sjoquist paced the Capitals with 2 hits and 3B Bobby Monsour had a 2 RBI double. Next game
Monday 5/14 8:30pm vs. Lyons Pub @Dunning.
Gm 1 Aug 5, 2011- Shamrocks 8, Capitals 7 12inn
Gm 2 Aug 6, 2011- Shamrocks 4, Capitals 3
After a fantastic regular season the Capitals drew a tough #6 seed in
the St. Paul Shamrocks. The Shamrocks played great baseball causing the
Caps to go 2 and BBQ. Game one featured a couple great storylines
including an 11 inning performance by the Shamrock starter. The
Capitals bats were baffled for 8 2/3 innings but mounted an unlikely
comeback down 7-3 on the strength of 3 baserunners and a bottom of the
9th 2 out grand slam by Rick Tossey. Unfortunately they could not carry
that momentum into extra innnings eventually losing in the 12th.
Game 2 was more of the same with Shamrock ace Sean Lidstrom throwing a
complete game gem leading to the 4-3 win and series sweep. It was not
totally without drama as several Capitals fly balls were caught against
the fence in the 8th and 9th innings. Capitals highlights from the
series: McDermott 4 hits, Carey 3 hits and 4+ great innings on the
hill, Tossey 3 hits HR(6) and 8 RBIs, Kevin Kray 5 great innings out of
the pen. A big thanks to all friends and family for a great season and
good luck to the Shamrock in representing St. Paul in the State
Aug 2, 2011-
Stockmens 8, Capitals 7
The Capitals (28-9,19-1) dropped a tune up game to the
Stockmens Irish. Props to Stockmens who feature a strong lineup top to
bottom and pounded out 12 hits. Capitals looked fairly rusty with a few
exceptions like David Bettenburg who went 4-5, 2B, 3B, SB. Next tune up
game is Thurs 6pm @Prescott before league playoffs begin Friday night
July 28, 2011-
Capitals 10, Sport and Spine 3
The Capitals (28-8,19-1) closed out the regular season
in style beating Sport and Spine 10-3. Again the bats were slow to get
started but eventually exploded in the 6th and 7th for 10 runs. Mike
Bland was the story hitting a grand slam HR(1) and driving in 6 runs.
David Bettenburg added 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. Pat Carey and Kevin
Kray (5-1) were very effective splitting time on the hill. Capitals
will get about a week off before league playoffs and will battle the
Skyline's #1 team the Stockmens Irish Tuesday 8/2 7:30pm @McGuire.
July 27, 2011-
Capitals 2, Highland Park 1
The Capitals (27-8,18-1) battled back from an early
1-0 deficit to win their 18th league game. With Highland throwing tough
righty Lucas Long hits were tough to come by. Highlights: Sjoquist hit
HR #9 to tie game, McDermott had 2 hits and drove in winning run in
6th. Dustin Klabunde (5-1) earned the win throwing 4 hitless innings in
relief. Final league game 6pm @McMurray vs. Sport Spine.
July 25, 2011-
Capitals 2, Sport and Spine 1
The Capitals (26-8,17-1) clinched the #1 seed in the
St. Paul league Monday night after a long awaited battle with 2nd place
Sport and Spine. In a well pitched game, Matt Nelson (5-2) went 5
innings for the win and Kevin Kray went the final 2 for the save. In a
game lacking offense, the Capitals were able to do enough to win. Next
game 8:30pm @Dunning vs. Highland Park.
July 24, 2011-
Capitals 10, TC Saints 0 6inn
The Capitals (25-8,16-1) finished the TC Saints in 6
innings Sunday afternoon. Keys to the win: Tom Peterson (2-0) allowing
no hits and no walks and striking out 5, Tom also had 2 hits and drove
in 4, multihit games for Groebner, McDermott, and Schlangen. Next game
is Monday night vs. Sport and Spine 6pm @McMurray.
July 22, 2011-
Capitals 9, Osceola 7 10inn
The Capitals (24-8,15-1) took on a scrappy team from
Osceola and battled late into the evening before winning in 10 innings.
Highlights: Bob "Hammertime" Monsour earned save whiffing the side,
Bland 2 doubles and 4+ solid innings, Schlangen and Sjoquist 3 hits
each and a lot of speed, and Tossey 4 RBIs including 2 run double a
little off the handle in the 10th. Next game TC Saints Sun 3pm
@Dunning. Beware of river.
July 19, 2011-
Capitals 8, Shamrocks 6
The Capitals (23-8,15-1) won their 15th league game
against the tough Shamrocks. Matt Nelson (4-2) got the win going 5
innings and Eugene Sturm picked up the save (2). Phil McDermott went
4-4 and Kurt Schlangen had 2 hits including a HR(3). Mike Kimlinger hit
2 home runs for the Shamrocks as they battled back from an early 7-0
deficit. Capitals have 4 league games remaining and have clinched a top
2 finish. Next game Friday 7:30pm @Osceola.
July 18, 2011-
Capitals 11, Blaine Fusion 7
The Capitals (22-8,14-1) battled the heat again, this
time in Blaine pulling out an 11-7 win. In a game where neither team
hit the ball very well, the Capitals took advantage of some mistakes to
plate 8 runs in the 8th to win their 22nd game. Solid overall pitching
by committee gave Mike Bland (1-1) a chance to pick up the win while
striking out 7 in 2 2/3 innings. The bats will look to rebound in an
important league tilt tonight 7/19 8:30 @Dunning vs. Shamrocks.
July 17, 2011-
St. Thomas 4, Capitals 3
The Capitals (21-8,14-1) dropped their first league
game to St. Thomas Sunday afternoon. A ton of credit to the St. Thomas
righty who went all 7 limiting the Capitals to 6 hits in brutally hot
conditions. Leading the "offense" for the Capitals were Rick Tossey who
went 3-4, Mark Groebner who had a 2-rbi double, and Kurt Schlangen who
added 2 hits. Capitals look to bounce back Monday night 7:30 @Blaine
July 14, 2011-
Capitals 5, Blue Package 4
The Capitals (21-7,14-0) snuck by Blue Packaging
Thursday night. Pat Carey (4-1) vultured the win with a scoreless
inning and Eugene Sturm was healthy and throwing heat picking up his
first save. The bats were relatively quiet but rallied in the 6th with
2 runs to take the lead. Kurt Schlangen hit a HR(2) and David
Bettenburg had 2 hits. Next game, weather permitting, is Friday night
against Sport and Spine 6pm @Dunning.
July 12, 2011-
Capitals 12, Air Freight 2
The Capitals (20-7,13-0) bats stayed red hot Tuesday
night in defeating Air Freight by 10 run rule 12-2. 16 hits, 8 for
extra bases, with multihit games for Sjoquist, Tossey, Groebner,
Bettenburg, McDermott and Schlangen. Rick Tossey hit a HR(5). Matt
Nelson (3-2) was excellent on the bump, holding a potent lineup to 4
hits, 1 earned run with 6 Ks. Capitals return to league action Thurs
night 6pm vs. Blue Package @Dunning.
July 10, 2011-
Capitals 16, North End 1
The Capitals (19-7,12-0) offense was relentless on a
scorching Sunday afternoon at Como Park banging out 16 hits and 16 runs
in a 5 inning game against North End. Leading the way were veterans
Mark Groebner with 3 hits and 2 RBIs and Phil McDermott who homered(2),
doubled and had 2 RBIs. After being staked to an early lead, Kevin Kray
(4-0) was dominant going all 5 innings allowing 5 hits striking out 9.
Capitals will look for their 13th straight league win against the
always tough Air Freight Tuesday night 7/12 8:30 @Dunning.
July 9, 2011
All Star Game- St. Paul League 15, Park National 6 The
Capitals sent 5 representatives to the 2011 All Star game. Derek
Jacobson, Loren Sjoquist, Rick Tossey, and Matt Nelson participated in
the game and Pat Carey was out with an injured hamstring. The Capitals
played a large part in the victory with Rick Tossey collecting 2 hits,
a home run, 4 RBIs, and a robbed home run. Loren Sjoquist had a base
hit and a stolen base and he and Derek Jacobson played fantastic
defense up the middle. Matt Nelson threw 2 scoreless innings and looked
very good against the best of the Park National league.
July 8, 2011-
Capitals 5, Rosetown 2
The Capitals (18-7,11-0) won another hard fought
contest with Rosetown on Friday night. Phil McDermott homered(1) and
Dustin Klabunde moved to 4-1 going 5 innings allowing 3 hits and
striking out 3. Mike Bland grabbed a 2 inning save (2) and added 2
hits. Next game Sunday 3pm @Como Park vs. North End.
July 6, 2011-
Chaska 7, Capitals 6
The Capitals (17-7,10-0) dropped a non conference game
to the Chaska Cubs Weds. night. The story of the game was defense and
the Capitals forgot all about it. Three errors allowed Chaska to plate
4 runs in the 8th and steal the win in a well pitched game. Derek
Jacobson went 5-5 with 5 singles and Loren Sjoquist was 2-4 with a
double and a 3 run HR(8). The Capitals look to bounceback Friday night
against Rosetown 6pm @Dunning.
June 29, 2011-
Capitals 4, East Side 1
The Capitals (17-6,10-0) used the long ball and
dominant starting pitching to win their 10th league game. Mark Groebner
took control of the rope with a 3-3 night with a HR(3) and 2 RBI. Rick
Tossey added an insurance run with a HR(4). Dustin Klabunde (3-1) was
perfect through 4 innings and finished with 6 IP, 2 hits allowed and 4
strikeouts. Capitals get their version of the all star break with the
next game being July 6th 7:30pm @Chaska.
June 28, 2011-
Capitals 10, Rosetown 5
The Capitals (16-6,9-0) took part in a back and forth
contest with Rosetown Tuesday night. With the game being much closer
than the final score indicated, it took a breakthrough in the 6th
inning for the Caps to finally get some breathing room. 5 runs, 5
doubles and a homerun in that inning broke the game open. Tom Peterson
homered (3) off the bench and Pat Carey added a HR(3) and 3 RBI. Kevin
Kray (3-0) got the win and Matt Nelson grabbed a 2 inning save (2).
Capitals play again Weds night in league against East Side 6pm
June 26, 2011-
Eau Claire 3, Capitals 1
The Capitals (15-6,8-0) laid an egg on Sunday
afternoon in Eau Claire. The team forgot to pack the bats and good
pitching from an Eau Claire starter finished off a complete 9 inning
game in record time. Pat Carey (3-1) took a tough luck loss going 6
innings allowing 3 unearned runs. Mike Bland threw 2 scoreless in
relief. Kirk Wood and David Bettenburg each had 2 of the Capitals 6
hits. Next game Tuesday night 8:30pm @Dunning vs. Rosetown in league
June 23, 2011-
Capitals 5, Highland Park 3
The Capitals (15-5,8-0) won a tight league contest
against Highland Park Thursday night. The Capital bats were kept
somewhat off balance by Highland starter Jeff Boyle who induced many
ground balls in the early innings. Eventually the Capitals broke
through with a 2 RBI gork double from Pat Carey in the 4th and a bases
loaded single from Rick Tossey in the 5th which ended up scoring the
other 3 runs. Dustin Klabunde (2-1) battled through 5 innings picking
up the win striking out 6. Matt Nelson grabbed a 2 inning save with a
scoreless 6th and 7th. Derek Jacobson stayed hot reaching base 3 times
with 2 walks and a single. Capitals play next in Eau Claire Sunday
June 22, 2011-
Capitals 2, Shamrocks 1
The Capitals (14-5,7-0) won a rain shortened game over
the Shamrocks 2-1. While the official score will remain 2-1 the
Capitals led 5-1 with no outs and 2 runners on in the bottom of the 5th
when McMurray field conditions finally yielded to the onslaught of
rain. Pat Carey had a double and the 2 official RBIs. Loren Sjoquist
hit another HR(7) and added a single and 2 SB. Kevin Kray (2-0) got the
win going all 5 innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 4. Next game
is against Highland Park Thursday night at 8:30pm.
June 20, 2011-
Capitals 6, Dundas 4
The Capitals (13-5,6-0) got another great pitching
performance, this time from Matt Nelson who improved his record to 2-2
and went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits. Pat Carey grabbed a 1 out
save stranding 3 runners. At the dish the Capitals were led by Kurt
Schlangen and Derek Jacobson who each had 3 hits. Loren Sjoquist had an
RBI double and a SB(3) while making several web gems at SS. Capitals
have a big league game Weds. night against defending League champ the
St. Paul Shamrock 6pm @ McMurray.
June 17, 2011-
Capitals 9, Coon Rapids 0
The Capitals (12-5,6-0) put together a complete team
effort Friday night and appear to be hitting their midseason stride.
The pitching was excellent led by Dustin Klabunde (1-1) who went 6
scoreless innings allowing 5 hits with 4Ks. Derek Jacobson and Mark
Groebner paced the offense with 3 hits each. Jacobson(1), Groebner(2),
and Sjoquist(6) added homeruns and Kirk Wold had 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Pat
Carey added 2 hits and 2 walks and pitched a scoreless 9th. Next game
is Monday night 7:30pm @Dundas.
June 15, 2011-
Capitals 3, Commanding Edge 2
The Capitals (11-5,6-0) found a way to beat Commanding
Edge 3-2 on Weds night. Pitchers Eugene Sturm (5-1) and Kevin Kray
uncharacteristically walked 10 Edge batters, but great defense and
couple baserunning mistakes held the opponent to 2 runs. Commanding
Edge pitcher Kris Edwards threw very well limiting the Capitals to 7
hits. Rick Tossey had 2 hits and 2 RBI including an opposite field
HR(3). Tom Peterson had the clutch hit in the top of 7th scoring Joe
Peters for the winning run. Next game is Friday night @Coon Rapids
June 12, 2011-
Capitals 12, TC Saints 6
The Capitals (10-5,5-0) used a 9 run 2nd inning to
pick up a league win over the TC Saints. Lefty Tom Peterson (1-0) threw
3 scoreless innings striking out 4. Next game is Tuesday night 8:30pm
vs. Sport and Spine @Dunning.
June 10, 2011-
Capitals 3, Miesville 1
The Capitals (9-5,4-0) have had their struggles with
the top teams from Class B lately but were able to sneak out of
Miesville with an extra inning win. The pitching was high quality from
both teams allowing only 11 total hits thru 10 innings. Dustin Klabunde
threw 5+ strong innings allowing 1ER with 4Ks and Matt Nelson (1-2) got
the win allowing only 1 hit in his 4+ innings of relief. The Capital
offense consisted of home runs by Sjoquist(5) and Schlangen(1). Phil
McDermott led the team with 2 hits. Capitals have a league game with TC
Saints Sun 3pm @Dunning.
June 9, 2011-
Capitals 13, East Side 0
The Capitals (8-5,4-0) broke out the heavy lumber
Thursday night. Multi hit games for Sjoquist, Jacobson, Bettenburg,
Carey, Peters and Schlangen. Homeruns for Carey(2) and Bettenburg(1).
Kevin Kray (1-0) and Mike Bland provided solid pitching in the 5 inning
rout. Next game is Friday night 8pm in Miesville.
June 6, 2011-
Capitals 3, North End 1
The Capitals (7-5,3-0) got their 3rd league win in a
row beating North End 3-1. The main storyline was Eugene Sturm (4-1)
throwing a no-hitter and striking out 8. The Capital offense was kept
off balance most of the night by crafty North End lefty Bob Lovas.
Derek Jacobson was an on base machine going 2-2 adding a walk and 2 SB.
Craig Lynch added an RBI single and Pat Carey had a double. Next game
is Thursday night 6pm @St. Thomas vs. ES Merchants.
June 3-4, 2011-
Cold Spring 8, Capitals 0 and Sauk Rapids 8, Capitals 1
The Capitals (6-5,2-0) got a bit of a reality check
over the weekend while facing some of the state's top pitchers. Cold
Spring threw their ace Zach Femrite Friday night and staked him to an
early 5-0 lead. Femrite went 7inn allowing just 5 hits and striking out
9. While the Capitals were soundly out hit, the defense betrayed decent
pitching with 7 of the 8 runs being unearned. Saturday wasn't much
better with Sauk Rapids sending another mid to upper 80s throwing ace
at a slower than normal Capitals squad. Matt Nelson threw 6 gutty
innings on very little quality sleep allowing just 3 runs. Sauk Rapids
is a great hitting team and after a couple misplays the Capitals were
looking at another 8-0 deficit. Rick Tossey added a HR(2) in the ninth
to prevent an 18 inning weekend shutout. Capitals look to bounce back
Monday night 6pm @Dunning vs North End.
May 31, 2011-
Capitals 5, Minnetonka 3
The Capitals (6-3,2-0) brought an iron 10 men out to
beautiful Veterans Field and downed the defending state champs on
Tuesday night. Powerful winds made for tough hitting conditions and the
Capital pitchers took advantage holding the potent Tonka offense to 5
hits. Eugene Sturm (3-1) went 6 innings allowing 2 hits. Matt Nelson
picked up a 3 inning save while striking out 6. Derek Jacobson had 2
hits and 2 RBIs. The defense was solid and the veteran Capital outfield
seemed to be positioned perfectly. The schedule doesn't get any easier
as the Capitals have their weekend trip playing Cold Spring Friday
night at 8pm and Sauk Rapids Saturday at 1pm.
May 25, 2011-
Capitals 4, Air Freight 2
The Capitals (5-3,2-0) used the power of young and
powerful pitching to beat a tough Air Freight squad in what was their
1st game. Eugene Sturm moved to 2-0 going 5 innings scattering 5 hits
and Kevin Kray picked up the save with 2 more perfect innings. Joe
Peters returned as catcher and had a great night going 2-2 with 2
doubles and an RBI. Phil McDermott scored the winning run on a double
in the top of the 6th to put the Capitals up for good. Next game Fri
@Red Wing 7:30pm.
May 23, 2011-
Capitals 11, Blue Package 3
The Capitals (4-3,1-0) were a bit slow out of the gate
but eventually the bats got going and they downed an improved Blue
Package team 11-3. 4 pitchers scattered 5 hits with Pat Carey getting
the win moving his record to 3-0. Tom Peterson provided much of the
offense with 2 HR(1,2) and 5 RBI. Mike Bland made his season debut and
added 2 hits. Next game is Weds 5/25 6pm @Concordia vs. Air Freight.
May 18, 2011-
Capitals 4, St. Anthony 0
The Capitals (3-3) get their record back to .500
behind the hitting and pitching of Pat Carey. He picked up his 2nd win
of the season on the hill (2-0) and hit a 2 run HR(1) in the 2nd. The
team also welcomed Kevin Kray a RHP who closed in untouchable fashion
in perfect 6th and 7th innings. The offense was rounded out by
Kirkwold, Peterson and Lynch who all had 2 hit games. Next game Sat 3pm
vs. Rosemount @McMurray weather permitting.
May 16, 2011-
Capitals 7, St. Louis Park 2
The Capitals (2-3) fielding an iron 9 players traveled
to St. Louis Park and rode strong pitching to a 7-2 win. Eugene Sturm
threw 5 no hit innings with 6Ks getting the win while adding a line
drive single for his 1st Capital hit. Craig Lynch was very solid in his
2 inn of relief. Rick Tossey went 4-5 with 3RBIs and Loren Sjoquist
added another blast for HR(4). Next game is Weds 5/18 7pm @St. Anthony.
May 12, 2011-
Lyon's Pub 7, Capitals 5
A cold and wet evening saw the Capitals (1-3) drop
another close non-conference game to Lyon's Pub 7-5. It was again the
Loren Sjoquist show for the Capitals as he accounted for nearly all the
offense with 2 HR(2,3) 3RBI and some stellar defense at shortstop. Kirk
Wold had 2 hits and threw 2 innings in relief. A tough day in the field
for the Capitals as Matt Nelson was forced to labor thru his 5 innings
after several errors. The Capitals added a Sat 5/14 game 5pm @ Coon
May 11, 2011-
Miesville 6, Capitals 5
The Capitals (1-2) fell to the Miesville Mudhens 6-5
on Weds night. Walks and a couple baserunning miscues proved too much
to overcome against several excellent Miesville pitchers. Rick Tossey
paced the offense with 3 hits including his first HR(1) of the season.
Craig Lynch and Josh Loewen made their season debuts on the hill. Next
game Thursday vs. Lyons Pub @ Dunning.
May 6, 2011-
Capitals 8, TriCity 0
The Capitals (1-1) pick up their 1st win in dominating
fashion against the Tricity Shark. The pitching was brilliant with Pat
Carey going 4 innings and picking up the win with 8Ks. Matt Nelson was
untouchable in 3inn with 6Ks and only 1 hit allowed. Pat Carey was 3-4,
Loren Sjoquist had 2 doubles and Mark Dornfeld clubbed a 2 run double
to pace the offense. Next game Weds May 11 vs. Miesville 8:30pm at
May 4, 2011-
Mpls Angels 7, Capitals 6
The Capitals (0-1) opened up the 2011 season on May
4th against the Mpls Angels. Despite a fast start the home team fell
7-6. Several new players made their debuts but none as loudly as SS
Loren Sjoquist who crushed a first inning pitch for a grand slam HR(1).
Mark Groebner also connected for a 1st inning HR(1). Other Capitals
debuts included pitcher Eugene Sturm who threw 4 dominant innings and
Derek Jacobson who added a 1st inning double.
October 11, 2010
The St. Paul Capitals had a very successful inaugural
2010 season finishing 23-12 while assembling a really nice mixture of
young talent and veteran savvy. Despite being declared ineligible for
the Class 'A' postseason, the Capitals traveled around the metro and
played many top end teams from both Class A and B. The Capitals will
return in 2011 eligible for the postseason and the pieces remain in
place for a great run. A big thank you to those fans that helped to
make our Twins fundraisers a success and we hope to see you again next
August 5, 2010
The Capitals (22-11, 13-6) fell again on their "post
season" tour to a very talented Coon Rapids team 5-2. Coon Rapids
brought a multi pitcher attack at the Capitals and it was quite
effective. Dustin Klabunde made the start and Mark Groebner hit his 5th
HR. Next game 8/9 7:30 @St. Louis Park.
August 3, 2010
The Capitals (22-10, 13-6) put up a good fight but
ultimately came up short against Class B powerhouse Miesville falling
11-6. The Capitals jumped out to a 5-1 lead but Miesville was
eventually able to breakthough against Lefty Matt Nelson using the
lethal combination of walks, errors, and gork hits. In total the
Capitals had a respectable 14 hits against some tough Miesville arms.
Next game 8/4 7:30@Coon Rapids
August 2, 2010
Sunday afternoon saw the Capitals playing with 8 for
the first 2 innings in Prescott. With the arrival of 9th man Kent Huls
in the 3rd, the Capitals began to spray the ball all over the field and
ended up holding on for a 7-6 win. Tom Peterson got it done with 6
solid innings pitched and had 2 hits and 2 RBIs at the dish. Next game
Tues 8pm @Miesville.
August 2, 2010
The Capitals (22-9, 13-6) pickup 2 wins over the
weekend on their Wisconsin tour that began in Ellsworth on Friday
night. The result was an overwhelming 19-0 victory that included HRs
from McDermott(5), Bettenburg(1), and Bland(7). Bland also pitched 5
innings for the victory.
July 29, 2010
Capitals (20-9, 13-6) lose another game late to a
strong Blaine Fusion team 6-5. The Capitals were once again unable to
take full advantage of another strong Dustin Klabunde start. Klabunde
went 5 innings striking out 7 and allowing just 2 ER. Bobby "32"
Monsour had a breakout game with 2 doubles and Mike Bland hit his 6th
HR. Next game is Friday 6/30 7:30 @Ellsworth.
July 27, 2010
The Capitals (20-8, 13-6) dropped a league game to
North End 5-4 Monday night. Highlights were David "Grandma's Boy"
Bettenburg making his debut on the mound in relief and throwing 2 1/3
nearly perfect innings. Rick Tossey hit HRs 12 and 13 and had 4 RBI to
account for the Capitals offensive output. Next game is Tues 7/27 vs.
July 26, 2010
The Capitals (20-7,13-5) get over a big obstacle by
the name of Sport and Spine defeating them 7-5 on Sunday afternoon.
Lefty Matt Nelson gutted out 6 innings and Mike Bland handled the 7th
to grab the save. Bland added his 5th HR with a legit blast to left
center. Phil McDermott hit his 4th HR as well. Next game is Monday 7/26
6pm @ Como vs. North End.
July 23, 2010
Very shorthanded Capitals (19-7,12-5) lose to Cold
Spring 12-2 on Friday. Highlights were Mark Groebner's 4th HR to deep
left center field and Mike Bland's caught stealing of second base. Not
a good effort by the Capitals as Cold Spring outplayed them in every
facet of the game.
July 22, 2010
The Capitals (19-6,12-5) go extra innings for a 4th
straight game but can't take advantage of some great pitching from
Dustin Klabunde losing to AFU 5-3 in 8inn. Klabunde went 6 innings
allowing only 1 ER with 5Ks. The gloves ended up betraying the
shorthanded Capitals as several catchable balls dropping probably cost
them a victory. Kirk Wold went 3-3 with his home run #1. Next game Fri
7:30 @Cold Spring
July 21, 2010
Extra innings for a third game in a row and the
Capitals (19-5,12-4) win 3-2 in Brooklyn Park. Mike Bland worked the
first 5 innings giving up 2 runs and Brian Martin worked 4 shutout
innings picking up the win. Mark Groebner was 3-4,SB to lead the
offense. POG Joe Peters walked 4 times in 5 at bats. Next game Thurs
7/22 8:30 @Dunning vs. Air Freight. RIP Thor.
July 20, 2010
It took extra innings again but the Capitals (18-5,
12-4) get the victory over Commanding Edge 6-4 in 10 innings. Ironman
POG Matt Nelson went the distance for the win. Pat "Bud Lime" Carey got
things started with his 4th HR of season and Rick Tossey ended it with
a walkoff HR his 11th. David Bettenburg found the field and had a 4 hit
game and Phil McDermott had 3 hits. Next game 7/20 8pm @Brooklyn Park.
July 19, 2010
The Capitals (17-5, 11-4) take a pair over the
weekend. Saturday they survive some weather scares to beat a very good
pitcher and the Osceola Braves 9-3. Sunday was a league matchup with
the Rosetown A's. The Capitals managed to survive and win 10-6 in 8
innings. POG was Pat Carey who went the distance and didn't allow an
earned run until the 8th. Mike Bland hit his 4th HR. Next game 7/19 @
St. Thomas vs. Edge
July 15, 2010
The Capitals (15-5,10-4) brought the lumber out
Thursday night beating Sharrow 12-2 in 6 innings. Dustin Klabunde
worked 5 effective innings for the win. POG Klint "I'm thinking Arbys"
Nadeau went 5 for 5. Pat Carey launched a grand slam for his 3rd HR and
Rick Tossey generated some baseball sized hail with a parking lot shot
to right center for his 10th HR. Next game in Osceola at 6pm on
July 13, 2010
The Capitals (14-5,9-4) win their 5th game in a row
beating Highland Park 7-1 on Tuesday night. Mike "Gun Show" Bland was
the story pitching 6 innings of 2 hit ball while striking out 10. He
added an oppo 3 run shot to left for his 3rd home run of the season.
Pat Carey went 4-4 and Mark Groebner hit his 3rd HR. Next game is
Thursday night 8:30 vs. Sharrow @ Dunning.
July 11, 2010
St. Paul Capitals (13-5, 8-4) get a big 3-1 league win
over North End. Lefty Matt Nelson was on Sunday night striking out 12
and allowing only 2 hits. David Bettenburg provided the big blow for
the offense with a 2 run bases loaded double in the bottom of the 6th.
Mike Bland had a patient night at the dish working 3 walks in 3 at
bats. Next Game: Highland Park Tuesday July 13th 8:30pm @Dunning.
July 9, 2010
The Capitals (12-5,7-4) pick up a clean win over
Rosetown friday evening by a 12-2 score. Pat Carey goes the distance
for the win, while Phil McDermott and Mike Bland each hit their 2nd
homeruns on the season. Next game July 11th 6pm @Dunning vs. North End.
July 8, 2010
The Capitals (11-5, 6-4) took 2 weeks off from
baseball and it showed on Thursday night against the East Side
Merchants while managing a 11-7 win. Highlights: Dustin Klabunde threw
3 innings of solid baseball striking out 4 and picking up the win.
Lowlights: Team struck out 13 times. Rick Tossey picked up a shiny
golden sombrero to go with his 9th home run. Next game is Friday night
@ 6pm vs Rosetown.
June 24, 2010
The Capitals (10-5, 5-4) got back on track Thursday
night with a 10-1 dismantling of Highland Park. Lefty Matt Nelson went
the distance allowing 4 hits over 7 innings. The bottom of the order
stepped up with huge games as Pat Carey went 4-4 with a solo home run
(2) and Kevin Kirkwold went 3-3 with a double. Next game is in Hudson @
1pm on Saturday.
June 17, 2010
The Capitals (9-3, 4-2) returned with a solid, if not
boring, 4-1 league win over the TC Saints. 7 different starters worked
an inning apiece after rain canceled the previous game. Win goes to
Mike Bland (3-0) who worked a perfect 5th inning. Mark Groebner
continued his hot hitting with his 2nd homerun and Kevin Kirkwold and
Joe Peters had RBI doubles. Next game Monday June 21st against Sport
June 11, 2010
Commanding Edge defeats the Capitals 7-2 Thursday
Night at St. Thomas. Pat Carey went 4 innings and Dustin Klabunde made
his debut pitching the 5th and 6th. Commanding Edge pitchers were
effective limiting the Capitals to 4 hits. Mark Groebner went 2-3 and
added a stolen base. Next game Mon 8:30pm vs. Rosetown @ Dunning.
June 8, 2010
Capitals (8-2,3-1) suffer a tough league loss to the
scrappy Shamrocks. Lefty Matt Nelson worked 4 innings taking the loss
and Mike Bland worked the final two. Mark Groebner hit a solo HR (1) in
the sixth and Rick Tossey hit a 3 run HR(8) in the 3rd inning. Tough
7th inning for Capitals with 3 consecutive hits resulting in 2 outs and
a man on first. Shamrocks brought their exceptional defense to the yard
June 5, 2010
Saturday night game in Hastings was cancelled with
their field underwater. No makeup date announced as yet. Next game is a
league tilt against the Shamrocks, Monday June 7th 8:30pm @ Dunning.
June 3, 2010
The Capitals (8-1, 3-0) channel their inner Joe Mauer
and slap 9 or 10 consecutive singles in the 3rd inning in their 11-0
dismantling of the TC Saints thursday. Ace Pat Carey showed his softer
side when he neglected to cover first on an infield grounder allowing
the Saints their lone hit on the night. Mike "Beefcake" Bland found a
way to avoid the hit column going 0-1 with 2 walks. Next game Saturday
June 2, 2010
Capitals (7-1, 2-0) win 4-2 over Sharrow Building on
Weds night in league play. Matt Nelson goes 5 innnings for the win
allowing 2 unearned runs and Kent Huls picks up the 2 inning save. Tom
"Bags" Peterson paced the Capitals going 3-3. Next game tomorrow night
versus TC Saints at 8:30pm.
May 29, 2010
The Capital Offense continued its assault Friday night
amassing 17 hits and 10 runs in a 10-9 victory over the previously
undefeated (9-0) Red Wing Aces. In a back and forth game, Mike Bland
picked up the win going 3 innings and Craig Lynch got the 2 inning
save. Klint Nadeau and Rick Tossey paced the offense with 4 hits each.
Next game is a league matchup Weds June 2nd 8:30pm at Dunning against
May 27, 2010
The St. Paul Capitals are off to a good start in the
2010 season. The Capitals began their season with victories over the
Minneapolis Angels, Tri-City Shark, Hudson River Rats, and Cannon Falls
Bears before dropping their first game to the Bloomington Bandits. The
Capitals opened league play on Wednesday night with an 8-4 win over Air