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Warriors pounding the opposition

Woodbury pitcher Steve Schneider (above) pounded down the mound after shutting out Crosstown Traffic on Sunday, June 20. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.

By beginning its season with a sparkling 15-1 record, the Woodbury 35-and-over baseball team has sounded its intention to re-claim the State championship it last held in 2004.

"We're doing well," player/manager Kent Rogers said. "We are really rolling."

The Warriors have claimed three championships in their history, claiming the Classic League championships in 2004 and 2004 before winning the Minnesota Senior World Series title in 2007.

However, Rogers could not remember the team starting a season as dominating as Woodbury has this year.

"We've got a really good lineup going for each game," Rogers said.

The Warriors improved their North Star Classic League -- the North Star and Classic Leagues merged two seasons ago -- to 10-0 with a 12-0 defeat of Edina's Crosstown Traffic on Sunday, June 20 at the Bielenberg Sports Center.

Woodbury starting pitcher Steve Schneider picked up the win for the hosts over their longtime rival by hurling four shutout innings before giving way to Rob Garry, who hurled the final frame.

Outfielder Doug Berfeldt hit a home run to punctuate a 10-run third inning that vaulted the Warriors to the easy win with infielder Scott Miller hitting catcher Doug Ohs with a perfect assist to throw a run out at the plate and preserve the shutout.

Ohs was the hitting star in Woodbury's 14-5 defeat of the Chaska Diamonds at Bielenberg on Friday, June 18 as the longtime Warrior went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and a home run.

Pitcher Brian Rudesill earned the win in the triumph.

All told, Woodbury has outscored its opponents 94-10 through 16 games.

"We are having a very nice year," Rogers said.