The 2007-2008 Baseball season began with coach Charles Simmons entering his third year as head coach. He believed that the team could be very successful, despite having a team that returned only two seniors and one junior. The reason for this optimism was the growth demonstrated by the young players through last season and summer ball.
The season’s first game was on April 9 against Washburn at North Commons Park. The results were similar to last season. The Polars gave up 12 runs in the first inning, on their way to a 29-0 defeat. The Polars did not record a hit and the only base runner, Kahjuan Evans, reach base via a walk. The North pitchers, however, combined
The Polars traveled to Van Cleve Park to face the Tigers from South. South scores two in the bottom of the first. North scored one in the top of the third to cut the Tiger lead to 2-1. South scores five runs in the bottom of the third inning, but the Polars would not quit. They scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. However, the Tigers answered each Polar score with scores of their own, two in the fourth and four in the fifth. The final score of 13-3 did not demonstrate how well the Polars played. Kahjuan Evans and Justin Hutchinson each recorded their first hits of the season. Six Polar batters were walked and Carlton Littlejohn was hit by two pitches. The
April 16 was the date of the third game. The Polars returned home to face Southwest. The Polars tried everything to sink the Lakers, including using five different pitchers, four who had never pitched in a game prior to this. The Polars walked 14 batters and gave up 18 hits in route to a 30-4 defeat.
The Polars next game at North Commons was against Edison. Former Polar, Adrian Waters, now playing for Edison, started the game. The Polars countered with Sophomore E.J. Easley pitching in his first game. Easley gave up four runs in the first inning after facing four hitters,
North traveled to the far side of north Minneapolis to face arch-rival Henry. The Polars scored first, taking their first lead of the season. It was short-lived however. The Patriots scored four in the bottom of the first and seven in the bottom of the second to take and 11-1 lead. The Polars struck for one in the third, but the Patriots also scored one. The Pats then scored six in the bottom of the fourth. The Polars
Washburn was the next opponent on April 28 at Pearl Park. Donte Green recorded the only hit for the Polars. Three other Polars reached base on walks, while 11 Polar batters struck out on their way to a 27-0 defeat.
The team took time away from their conference schedule for the first time to play the Agriculture and Food Sciences Academy. During the game, a reporter from the Star-Tribune was writing a story about two of the AFSA players, one who was deaf and one who was female. Unfortunately, the Polars managed only six hits and one run, while AFSA scored 18. The defensive plays of the game were made by Alfred Ray who was constantly knocking hard smashes down at third base.
South came to North Commons for their second game against the Polars. Again, the Polars managed only one hit, a double by Justin Hutchinson, and three walks. The Tigers seemed to hit at will collecting
The Polars traveled to Nieman Sports Complex to play Southwest for the second time. Donte Green pitched a complete game in this loss. The Polars actually played better than the final score of 18-0. Only four errors were made. Green walked only six. Demetree Robinson broke up the Laker pitchers no hitter with a hit in the top of the fifth inning for the only Polar safety. Earlier, E.J. Easley broke up the perfect game with a walk. Emmanuel Perry also reached base when he was hit by a pitch.
The Polars traveled again for a non-conference game against Heritage Christian Academy/Providence Academy.
The Polars stayed on the road to play Edison for the second time. The Polars struck for two runs in the first inning. They scored one in the second. The Tommies scored two in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-2. The Polars lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the longest they have led in over two years. However, the Tommies scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth to win 13-3. Again, the Polar pitchers of Justin Hutchinson and Carlton Littlejohn struck out 11 Tommy batters. Demetrius Neal was 2 for 3 with
The Polars then played their third non-conference game, this time against Minnesota Transitions Charter School. The Game began like many previous games with the visiting Transitions team scoring two runs in the top of the first. However, for this game, the team did not quit. The Polars came back and scored six in the bottom of the first. Thinks started looking bleak when transitions scored four to tie the game at 6. However, the Polars scored seven in the bottom of the inning. The Polars kept scoring on their way to a 21-8 victory. The win broke
The Polars then hosted Henry for the second time. The score of 7-1 in favor of the Patriots after four innings showed that the Polars were in the game. However, the Patriots unloaded on the Polars for 13 runs in the top of the fifth.
The Polars hoped for revenge from Roosevelt
The Polars finished the regular season with a non-conference game against the Math & Science Academy.
The final game of the season was played in the region subsection. The Polars, seeded #8, faced #1 seed Delano. The Polars did not get a hit and only had one baserunner, E.J. Easley, who walked on five pitches. A scare was put into the Polars when a Delano batter hit a line shot right back to relief pitcher Donte Green. The ball hit Green in the ankle.
The season ended for the Polars with a 1-16 overall record and a 0-12 conference record for 7th place. Two Polars, Justin Hutchinson and Carlton Littlejohn, were named all conference by the vote of the conference baseball coaches. A coach CANNOT vote for his own players. A third player, E.J. Easley, also impressed the other coaches with is defensive play however he fell short of the honor.
Justin Hutchinson led the team in almost all offensive categories, at bats (42), hits (14), runs (13), doubles (3), RBI (7), and average (.333). He tied with Carlton Littlejohn with 1 triple. E.J. Easley
Carlton Littlejohn dominated the pitching statistics. He led the team in innins pitched (26.2), batters faced (241), Hits allowed (58), runs allowed (106) earned runs allowed (58), wild pitched (30), strikeouts (48), and losses (7). Justin Hutchinson led the team with 10 hit batters. Kahjuan Evans won the only game and had a 12.07 ERA. (Demetree Robinson had a 0.00 ERA, but only pitched one inning.) Three pitchers were on the conference leader board for strikeouts. Littlejohn was second (42), Hutchinson fourth (34) and Evans ninth (22).
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