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SLP Upsets EP, Dedicates Win to Keller

The Orioles knocked off a state power on an emotional night.

For the second time in two weeks, St. Louis Park dedicated a win to friend Derrick Keller.

Wednesday night's Legion game marked the first home game since Keller's death two weeks ago. His parents, Bob and Linda Keller, were recognized in a special pre-game ceremony and Derrick's No. 15 jersey was retired in a touching tribute.

Derrick was the South Hennepin Legion 2011 Player of the Year and an All-State player. Playing in his memory, the Orioles went out and spanked Eden Prairie, 8-3.

Ryan Froom tossed 93 pitches in a complete game effort, striking out four and allowing six hits.

At the plate, Parker Stennes went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Jacolbi Courington-Meier had two hits and two RBIs. Jack Olevitch also added two hits.

It was a similar scene on June 26, when, with heavy hearts the the day after Keller's death, Park shutout Hopkins 4-0 as Zach Lewis pitched a complete game five-hitter, striking out four.

The wins over state powers Hopkins and Eden Prairie are the first in a long time for Park, and Legion GM Mark Jerve said he couldn't remember Park ever scoring so many runs over EP.

Thanks to John Froom for supplying information for this story. If you want to honor Keller, to learn about the card you can sign for his family.

guy davidson July 12, 2012 at 04:52 AM
wow - Eden Prairie... keep up the good work you guys

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