St. Paul Lutheran Church 617 St. Lawrence Ave. Beloit WI  53511  608-365-7064  
"St. Paul Lutheran Church is called to be an Inviting, Christ-Centered, Spiritually-Growing and Community-Serving church where we are led by love to implement Jesus' teachings."
Thursday Night Church League Softball Champs 2017
After a 5-9 regular church league season, the St. Paul bats came alive for the yearend tournament. St. Paul won all three playoff games to take home the tournament trophy. Game 1: St. Paul – 12; Family Worship – 2 On August 17, St. Paul jumped to an early lead of 10-1 after 3 innings and won by the 10 run rule after 5 innings with a walk-off single by Eric Steuer. Sean Behm and Steve McNeal led St. Paul with 4 hits each while the two combined for 7 RBI’s. Dan Fiese and Sean each scored 3 times. On to the semi- finals next week. Game 2: St. Paul -14; Hope Gold – 11  (Semi-final) St. Paul held a slight 5-3 lead after 3 innings of their semi-final game on August 24. After 2 outs in the 4 th , 6 straight hits accounted for 5 runs and a 10- 3 lead. Hope closed the gap to 10-6 before St. Paul added 4 more in the 6 th  for a 14-6 lead. Hope made the game interesting as they scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 7 th  but fell short. Dan Fiese had 4 hits and scored 4 runs to lead St. Paul while Sam Behm hit a 2-run Home Run. Mike Rydberg was 3 for 3, scored 3 runs and had 4 RBI’s while Allen McKillips drove in 3 runs. On the the Finals. Game 3: St. Paul – 12; PGUMC – 4  (Championship) In the championship game, St. Paul scored twice in each of the first two innings to lead 4-0. PGUMC countered by scoring 4 times in the third inning to tie the score at 4-4. No one scored in the fourth. The bottom of the 5 th  inning saw St. Paul’s bats come alive as after one out they collected 8 straight hits and 10 of 11 scoring 8 times for a commanding 12-4 lead. PGUMC was held scoreless the last 2 innings and all but that 3 rd  inning, as St. Paul celebrated with the Championship Trophy. Mike Rydberg and Allen McKillips were perfect going 4 for 4 and accounted for 5 RBI’s. A great ending to the season. The Championship Trophy in the shape of Home Plate is on display near the church office. St. Paul will be playing in a one day tournament on Sept. 9 in Loves Park, IL
                     St. Paul Softball Team Wins Tournament
Front (l to r):   Sean Behm, Courtney Brehm, Mike Ryberg, Roger Neitzel, Jim Neitzel Back (l to r):  Brad Thompson, Dan Fiese, Allen McKillips, Andy Petersen, Marty Scott, Eric Steuer, Sam Behm Missing:  Serena Thompson, Steve McNeal, Jaron Bertelsen
St. Paul played in a 14 team tournament hosted by North Love Christian School. All teams were church teams. Games were played at Wentland Family Sports Complex in Loves Park, IL. All games were played on Sat. Sept. 9, 2017. Game 1: St. Paul – 10; Reformers Unanimous - 0 St. Paul held the Reformers scoreless with excellent defense while scoring 1 in the second, 3 in the third, and 1 in the fourth for a 5-0 lead. They then scored 5 times in the bottom of the sixth to end the game with the 10 run rule. Brad Thompson and Marty Scott led St. Paul with 3 hits each. Allen McKillips and Jim Neitzel each drove in 2 runs.  A good start. Game 2: St. Paul – 6; Calvary Chapel - 18 St. Paul played Calvary fairly even through 3 innings, down by one at 7-6. The 4 th  inning proved fatal as Calvary scored 10 times for a 17-6 lead. They scored once more for the final count. Dan Fiese led the team with 3 hits, while Brad Thompson and Eric Steuer added 2 hits each. Dan drove in 2 of the 6 runs. Next the elimination round. Game 3: St. Paul – 1; Chapelwood - 14 St. Paul scored once in the first inning, but had the bases loaded with only one out and could not score again. Chapelwood took off with 4 in the first and followed with 7 in the second, as St. Paul defense helped the cause. St. Paul could not score again while the opponent added 3 for the final score. That eliminated St. Paul from the tournament. All players did receive a free lunch. Brad Thompson and Dan Fiese each had 2 hits for 4 of the St. Paul total hits. Sean Behm drove in the lone St. Paul run.   Next year.
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