5th) Mike Ciszewski & Dan Pechan (1240 + 219 = 1459)
6th) Gary Schindler & Chris Chandler (1367 + 90 = 1457)
6th) Ralph Werner & Mitch Zimmerman (1337 + 120 = 1457)
8th) Jesse Hauge & Ron Edwards (1355 + 96 = 1451)
9th) Dennis & Ross Grossman (1328 + 120 = 1448)
10th) Dan Marks & John Bailey (1437 + 6 = 1443)
11th) Dennis Grossman & Terry Teasdale (1296 + 141 = 1437)
12th) Blong Lee & Anthony Khamsompou (1319 + 117 = 1436)
13th) Dave Uselman & Jerry Murphy (1327 + 108 = 1435)
14th) Mike Darwin & Laure Bollinger (1168 + 264 = 1432)
15th) Eric Serfort & Ron Edwards (1388 + 36 = 1424)
High Men's Scratch Series: Dan Marks - 771 (257 Triplicate)
High Women's Scratch Series: Rachel Zimmer - 676
300 Game - Gregg Williams
290 Game - Mike Johnson
Monona Braves Home Talent Baseball would like to thank all who participated.
Monona Braves Apparel 2015 (new logo pictured above)
January 30th - March 8th
The Monona Braves have set up a 2015 online apparel order through Badger Sporting Goods featuring their new logo. This new logo will also be featured on the Braves' 2015 game hats.
You can go to their website and enter our team Sale Code to enter the online sale. The apparel options include hooded sweatshirt, shorts, dri-fit T-shirts, cotton T-shirts, Ladies T-shirts, tank tops, and Under Armour cage jackets. Online orders are due by March 8th.
Time to get geared up for Home Talent Opening Day.
35th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Bowling Tournament January 5th, 2015
The Braves are again hosting the 35th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Bowling Tournament at Village Lanes in Monona.
Come join the tournament and contribute to the Monona Braves 2015 season.
The tournament begins on January 17th and runs through February 1st.
Monona Braves 2014 Stats now posted on website December 12, 2014
Batting and pitching statistics for Monona Braves players are now available. Go to the Roster section of this website and click on the individual player profiles to view their 2014 stats.
Highlights from 2014 include Kody Parman finishing 2nd in the Eastern Section Batting Title race, hitting .435, as well as representing Monona in the 2014 Home Talent All-Star Game. Chris Alexander and Zac Najacht joined Kody at the All-Star game as two of the East-Southeast team managers.
Click on this link to take you to the Roster page:
Monona loses to DeForest, 12-1 Braves' season ends at Sectional Semi-Final
August 11th, 2014
Monona lost to host DeForest, 12-1 on Sunday 8/10 to end their 2014 season.
In the other sectional semi-final #2 seed Cottage Grove beat #3 seed Poynette 4-3 in 11 innings. Cottage Grove will now travel to DeForest for the Sectional Final next Sunday, 8/17. The winner will earn a trip to the Final Four Championship Series.
A few highlights from the 2014 season include Kody Parman finishing 2nd in the Eastern Section batting title race, hitting .435. Kody also represented the Braves at the HTL All-Star game on Friday 8/8 where he started at 2B and was 1 for 3 at the plate.
Monona, who had a rough 2-4 record start to the season, rallied from Memorial Day weekend on to land the #4 seed and make the Eastern Seciton playoffs for the 19th season in-a-row. Congrats to the Braves on another successful season.
The Home Talent League, along with the Madison Mallards organization, will host the annual HTL All-Star game this Friday 8/8 at Warner Park, Madison. As in year's past, the East and Southeast sections will team up to face the North and West.
Kody Parman will represent the Braves as the East/Southeast team's starting second baseman. Kody is having a great year at the plate, and in the field, hitting over .400 and in the thick of the race for an Eastern Section batting title.
Coaching the squad will be Monona's Chris Alexander and Zac Najacht, along with Dale Seffens and Brett Klitzke from Stoughton.
See the information below on game time and tickets. Come out to Warner Park and cheer on Kody and the East/Southeast.
HTL ALL STAR GAME
Friday, August 8, 7:05 pm
Warner Park hosted by the Mallards
North-West vs East-Southeast
The 2014 Home Talent All-Star Baseball Game (East & Southeast vs North & West) will be on Friday, August 8 starting at 7:05 pm at Warner Park. It will be a great Friday night where people can come out to the ballpark and enjoy the best baseball talent from South Central Wisconsin. Thanks to the Mallards organization for hosting this great event.
The game will be just like a normal Mallards game. The gates will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the game. Introductions begin at 6:45 pm. There will be on-field promotions between innings;along with all food and beverage options will be available. The one difference from a Mallards game is that all tickets will be general admission for the game. General admission tickets will be sold for $7 each. Please contact your local Home Talent Baseball team to purchase tickets. Tickets are also available through the Mallards ticket office.
Monona beats Montello, 10-1 in regular season finale Braves move on to Eastern Section playoffs
August 4th, 2014
Monona beat visiting Montello on Sunday 8/3 to end the regular season 12-6. The Braves have now locked into the #4 seed in the Eastern Section and travel to play the #1 seed DeForest on Sunday 8/10 for the sectional semi-final. Game time is 1:00 pm at DeForest HS.
The other sectional semi-final matches #3 seed Poynette at #2 seed Cottage Grove. The winners will play in the sectional final on Sunday 8/17 with a trip to the Final Four Championship Series on the line.
Monona beat host Poynette, 7-0 on Sunday 7/27. The Braves are now in a three-way tie for 4th place with Poynette and Portage in the Eastern Section. Monona needs to win their final game in hopes of securing the 4th and final playoff spot.
The Braves host Montello in the regular season finale on Sunday 8/3 @ 1:00pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
The Monona Braves vs Poynette at Paquette Park, Poynette on Sunday 7/27 has been moved up one hour to a 12:00pm start time.
Monona needs a win to stay in contention for the Eastern Section playoffs. Come out to Poynette and support your Braves.
Braves lose to Cottage Grove, 4-2 in 10 innings
July 21st, 2014
Monona lost to visiting Cottage Grove, 4-2 in 10 innings on Sunday 7/20. The Braves are now tied for the 4th place spot with Portage in the Eastern Section. Monona needs to win their last two games and hope Portage loses one or more of their last three games in order to secure the 4th and final playoff spot.
The Braves travel to play Poynette on Sunday 7/27 @ 1:00pm at Paquette Park, Poynette.
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — CG - Bryant (7-3-0-2-4), Hawker (W; 3-3-0-1-3); Mo. - Z. Najacht (9-7-1-0-3), Goff (L; 1-3-2-0-1). Leading hitters — Cottage Grove — T. Coogan (2x5), P. Paulus (2x5), Hawker (2x4), Retzlaff (3x4); Monona — K. Parman (2x5). 2B — T. Coogan, P. Paulus (2).
Monona beat both visiting Columbus, 5-3 on the 4th of July, and host Portage, 12-3 on Sunday 7/6 to sweep the weekend. These two games were big wins for the Braves who now move into the 4th place spot in the Eastern Section as they look to earn a playoff bid.
The Braves host Sun Prairie on Sunday 7/13 @ 1:00pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
Home Talent has realigned the sections for 2014, and a few changes are in place for the Eastern Section.
Eastern Section changes include:
Lodi has been moved out of the East and joined the North.
Waterloo has been moved out of the East and joined the Southeast.
Columbus (returning team) has rejoined the East.
Montello has been moved out of the North and joined the East.
Other sectional additions include:
Oregon (returning team) added to West.
Pine Bluff (returning team) added to West.
Clinton (new team) added to Southeast.
34th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament
Results & Scores January - February 2014
Thank you to all who participated in the 34th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Bowling Tournament at Village Lanes, January through Februaury, 2014.
Monona to celebrate 2013 at Team Banquet Braves look forward to 2014 season with annual bowling tournament January 2, 2014
The Monona Braves will hold a team banquet at 6:30pm on Saturday Jan. 11th at the Pizza Oven, Monona to celebrate their 5th Eastern Section title in the past 7 years and 5th overall franchise Final Four appearance (2002, '07, '09, '12, '13). The 34th annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament kicks off on the same day (Saturday Jan. 11th) at Village Lanes in Monona with two squad sessions at 12:30 and 3:00pm.
It is a sanctioned tournament and costs $40 per doubles entry. First place prize is $1,000 based on 350 entries. Handicap is 80% based on a cumulative average of 460. High averages from the 2012-13 season will be used unless someone is 15 pins higher with 21 games bowled this season. Those individuals with no current or previous year average will use either 175 (women) or 200 (men).
Come on out and bowl to support the Monona Home Talent club.
Please call Village Lanes at 222-7361 to make reservations.
34th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament December 6, 2013
The 34th annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament will be held on four consecutive weekends, beginning Saturday, January 11th, at Village Lanes in Monona. Squad times are 12:30 and 3:00 on Saturdays and 12:30 on Sundays. It is a sanctioned tournament and costs $40 per doubles entry. First place prize is $1,000 based on 350 entries. Handicap is 80% based on a cumulative average of 460. High averages from the 2012-13 season will be used unless someone is 15 pins higher with 21 games bowled this season. Those individuals with no current or previous year average will use either 175 (women) or 200 (men).
Come on out and bowl to support the Monona Home Talent club.
Please call Village Lanes at 222-7361 to make reservations.
Braves represented at the 2013 HTL Awards Banquet October 6th, 2013
The Monona Braves were represented at the 2013 Home Talent League Awards Banquet on Sunday October 6th at Rex's Innkeeper in Waunakee. Manager Chris Alexander accepted the Eastern Section Championship award plaque on behalf of the team. Pitcher Zac Najacht also earned the Eastern Section MVP award. Both honors for the Braves were awarded for the second season in-a-row (2012 & 2013).
Monona Braves finish year ranked 4th in the state September 18th, 2013
The Monona Braves finished the 2013 season ranked 4th in the state according to the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Association. The Braves ended their HTL season in 3rd place, including a run of 19 consecutive wins, a return trip to the Final 4, and an overall record of 20-3.
2013 Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Association - Final Edition of the "SWEET SIXTEEN" Power Ratings
[16 Game Minimum, Played in "League & Playoff Games" only.]
.#1 - PEWAUKEE Muskies - Land O' Lakes, Grand Champions
.#2 - SPARTA Miller - Mississippi Valley, Season Champs & W.B.A. Final Runner-Up
.#3 - MIDDLETON 29er's - Home Talent, Grand Champions
.#4 - MONONA Braves - Home Talent, Eastern Champs & Third Place Final Four
.#5 - BURLINGTON Barons - Land O' Lakes, SW Champs & Runner-Up in Grand Championship Game
.#6 - CEDARBURG Mercs - Land O' Lakes, Northern Season Champs & Third in Final Four
.#7 - WHITEHALL Wolves - Chippewa River, Season Grand Champions
.#8 - TWO RIVERS Polar Bears - Shoreland, Grand Champions
.#9 - CLINTONVILLE A's - B.A.B.A. Grand Champions
#10 - HARTFORD Hawks - Rock River, Grand Champions
#11 - MILTON Raptors - Rock River, Grand Champion Runner-Up
#12 - BRILL Millers - Independent League, W.B.A. Grand Champions
#13 - STOUGHTON Merchants - Home Talent, Grand Championship Game Runner-Up
#14 - PRESCOTT Pirates - St. Croix Valley, Season Champions
#15 - VERONA Cavaliers - Home Talent, Western Champions & Final Four
#16 - GRAFTON Express - Land O' Lakes, Northern Runner-Up
Honorable Mention-1 - MENOMONIE Eagles - St. Croix Valley & W.B.A. Finals
HM-2 - ELDERON Whiskey Jacks - B.A.B.A. Championship Runner-Up
HM-3 - MUSKEGO Impact - Land O' Lakes, Eastern, Grand Championship, "Final Four"
HM-4 - CHASEBURG-COON VALLEY Blues - Mississippi Valley
HM-5 - RUBICON Red Sox - Rock River, North - Second In The Playoffs
HM-6 - ORFORDVILLE Orioles - Home Talent, Southeast, West Champions
HM-7 - LA CRESCENT Cardinals - Mississippi Valley, Season Runner-Up
HM-8 - OSSEO Merchants - Chippewa River, South Division Runner-Up
HM-9 - HALLIE Eagles - Chippewa River, South Division Runner-Up
HM10 - ELLSWORTH Hubbers - S. Croix Valley, Season Runner-Up
HM11 - JEFFERSON Blue Devils - Home Talent, Southeast, East Champions
HM12 - NEOSHO Rockets - Rock River, South, Playoff Finals
HM13 - WAUPACA Lakemen - B.A.B.A. South-Central, Season Champions
HM14 - HAUGEN Knights - Indy League, Tourney Winner, Second in Season
Hm15 - SUSSEX Cardinals - Land O' Lakes, Western, Season Champions
HM16 - WATERTOWN Cardinals - Rock River, South, Season Champions
HM17 - KEWASKUM A's - Rock River, North, Season Champions
HM18 - RIVER FALLS Fighting Fish - St. Croix Valley, W.B.A. Finals
HM19 - ARGYLE Beavers - Home Talent, Western, Season Runner-Up
HM20 - CLYMAN Canners - Rock River, South
HM21 - MEMOMONEE FALLS Lakers - Land O' Lake, Western, Division Finals
HM22 - BROOKFIELD Bulldogs - Land O' Lakes, Western
HM23 - KOLBERG Braves - Door County, Grand Champions
HM24 - EGG HARBOR Indians - Door County, Season Champions
Games played in the Langsdorf League are not included.
Games played in the Northeastern WI League are not included.
Games played in the Tri-County Nite League are not included.
Games played in the Home Talent Thursday League are not included.
Games played as a Non-League game are not included.
Monona Braves beat Verona, 8-7 to earn 3rd place September 8th, 2013
The Monona Braves won their last Final 4 game over Verona, 8-7 on Sunday. Monona finishes the season in 3rd place, ending another successful year that included a run of 19 consecutive wins, a return trip to the Final 4, and an overall record of 20-3.
The Braves also reached the Final 4 Championship Series for the second year in a row, a first for the franchise, and would like to thank all the players, coaches, families, fans, sponsors, and other supporters for helping make this a truly memorable year.
The Home Talent League Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday October 6th at Rex's Innkeeper, Waunakee. Social hour starts at 5:00 pm and dinner and awards begin at 6:00 pm. Please contact the Braves for tickets to attend and show support for their successful season.
The Monona Braves beat visiting DeForest, 3-1 on Sunday to claim the Eastern Section Championship and advance to the Final Four Championship Series for the second year in a row.
The Braves will now host Middleton in Round 1 of the 2013 Final Four on Sunday 8/25. Game time is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
Monona also continued their winning ways in Night League last Thursday, defeating Fort Atkinson on the road, 8-5. The Braves now travel to Middleton to play in the Night League Semi-Final game, this Wed. 8/21. Start time is 8:00 pm at Middleton HS.
Murphy-Anthony Field officially dedicated at Ahuska Park, Monona
August 11, 2013
Monona has officially dedicated the baseball field at Ahuska Park to Jerry Murphy and Mike Anthony. Their many years of service and hard work have ensured that the Monona Braves Home Talent Baseball Club has had the available resources and support to field a competitive team. They both have deep roots in Monona and the Home Talent League, and all of the players, coaches, families, fans, and other Monona Braves supporters owe these two a great deal of thanks and appreciation!
Monona Braves win two over the weekend to finish 17-1 August 4th, 2013
Monona beat host Rio, 5-4 on Saturday 8/3 and visiting Cottage Grove, 14-10 on Sunday 8/4 for their 16th and 17th consecutive Eastern Section wins, finishing the 2013 regular season 17-1.
The Braves earned the #1 seed in the Eastern Section playoffs and will host #4 seed Sun Prairie this upcoming Sunday, 8/11 in the Eastern Section Semi-Final. Game time is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona. The other section matchup pits #3 seed Poynette vs host #2 seed DeForest.
Monona beat visiting Lodi, 6-2 on Friday night for their 15th consecutive Eastern Section win, moving their record to 15-1 with 2 games left to play in the regular season. The Braves travel to Rio this upcoming Saturday 8/3 at Rio High School field for a make-up game, and host Cottage Grove in the regular season finale on Sunday 8/4 at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona. Both games start times are 1:00 pm.
Monona beats DeForest, 11-7 to clinch Eastern Section Title July 21st, 2013
The Braves beat host DeForest, 11-7 on Sunday in a rain-shortened game to move to 14-1 and clinch the Eastern Section title. Monona hosts Lodi this upcoming Friday 7/26 at 7:30 pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
The Home Talent League will hold it's annual All-Star game this Friday, 7/19 @ 7:05pm at Warner Park, Madison. The East and Southeast sections are again teaming up against the West and North. The Monona Braves will be represented in the game by outfielder Vince Schmitz and pitcher Zac Najacht. The game is run the same as a Madison Mallards game with on-field contests, promotions, and fun activities for all ages. Tickets are $7 at the gate. Come out and support your Braves reps and the East/Southeast team!
Braves take two over Father's Day weekend June 15th & 16th, 2013
Monona won two games over the weekend to move to 9-1 in the Eastern Section. The Braves beat visiting Poynette 10-0 in 7 innings on Saturday and visiting Sun Prairie 4-1 on Sunday. Monona plays Rio this Sunday 6/23 at 1:00 pm, a road game for the Braves being played at Ahuska Park due to field conflicts in Rio.
Monona continues Night League action this Friday 6/21 at Marshall at 7:30 pm.
Monona beat visiting Waterloo, 3-2 on Sunday to move to 7-1 in the Eastern Section. The Braves host Poynette this coming Saturday 6/15 @ 1:00 pm and host Sun Prairie on Sunday 6/16 @ 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park.
Monona continues Night League action this Thursday 6/13 at home versus Cottage Grove at 7:30 pm.
Monona wins two over Memorial Day weekend, 11-1 & 5-0
May 26th & 27th, 2013
The Braves took two over the holiday weekend, beating host Lodi, 11-1 on Sunday and visiting Marshall, 5-0 on Memorial Day. Monona moves to 5-1 in the Eastern Section and travels to Portage next Sunday 6/2 @ 1:00 pm.
Monona also begins Night League action this Friday 5/31 at Fireman's Park in Waterloo at 7:30 pm.
Monona beat Sun Prairie, 10-4, at Ashley Field on Sunday to move to 3-1 in the Eastern Section. Next weekend, Monona travels to play Lodi (Sunday Games field) - Sunday 5/26 @ 1:00 pm and hosts Marshall at Ahuska Park on Monday, Memorial Day, 5/27 @ 1:00 pm.
Monona also begins Night League action this Thursday at Fireman's Park in Waterloo at 7:30 pm.
The Monona Braves took down rival Cottage Grove, 5-1, at Fireman's Park on Sunday to move to a 2-1 record in the Eastern Section. Monona travels to Sun Prairie next week to play at Ashley Field (old high school field) - Sunday 5/19 @ 1:00 pm.
Box Score: Monona 000 300 020 — 5 9 0 Cottage Grove 000 000 100 — 1 9 1 Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — MONONA - Najacht (W; 9-9-1-0-2); COTTAGE GROVE - C. Schmidt (L; 7.2-9-5-0-2), Blakely (1.1-0-0-0-0). Leading hitters — MONONA - Parman (4x4), Raffel (2x4); COTTAGE GROVE - P. Paulus (2x5), Gasser (2x4), D. Paulus (2x4). 2B — M - Gauwitz; CG - Gasser.
Recently the City Council approved the renaming of the Ahuska Park Baseball Field to Murphy-Anthony Field after longtime Monona Home Talent Managers Jerry Murphy and Mike Anthony. The Monona Grove Business Men’s Association has set up an account to collect funds for the Murphy-Anthony signage and landscaping fund to honor these two gentleman for their service to the community.
Conceptual signage designs are being prepared currently but final design will depend on how much money is raised. If you would like to contribute to the signage and landscaping fund:
Make check payable to:
MGBMA Murphy-Anthony Signage Fund
c/o Monona State Bank
PO Box 6500
Monona, WI 53716
Monona tops DeForest 3-2 May 5th, 2013
Monona beat DeForest 3-2 at Ahuska Park on Sunday to move to 1-1 in the Eastern Section. The Braves travel to Cottage Grove next week to play at Firemen's Park on Mother's Day - 5/12 @ 1:00 pm.
Monona Travels to Poynette for Opening Day April 26, 2013
The Braves travel to Pauqutte Park on Sunday 4/28 to face Poynette to open the 2013 Home Talent season.
Monona looks to start the season off with an opening day win on the road.
First pitch is at 1:00 pm.
Monona vs Middleton - Exhibtion Game Cancelled April 17th
Monona has cancelled their exhibition game versus Middleton this Sunday, April 21st. The Braves open the season on Sunday April 28th at Paquette Park in Poynette.
Go Monona Braves 2013!
Monona Apparel 2013
March 23rd - April 5th
The Monona Braves have set up a 2013 online apparel order through Badger Sporting Goods. You can go to their website and enter our team Sale Code to enter the online sale. The apparel options include hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, shorts, dri-fit T-shirts, cotton T-shirts, Ladies T-shirts, and Under Armour cage jacket. Online orders are due by April 5th.
Due to weather, Final Four - Week 1, Monona @ Black Earth has been rained out. Week 1 will be rescheduled to Sunday 9/16, and the Week 2 (9/2 Monona at Orfordville) and Week 3 (9/9 Verona at Monona) schedule will remain the same.
Monona beat DeForest on Sunday, 4-1 to advance to the Final 4. Round 1 Final 4 games will begin next Sunday August 26th as Monona travels to Black Earth for a 1:00 pm start. DIRECTIONS TO BLACK EARTH BB FIELD
Monona came back from an early deficit to beat Cottage Grove 6-5 in 10 innings on Sunday. The Braves clinched the Eastern Section regular season title with a record of 13-3, and are the #1 seed earning home field advantage heading into the playoffs next week. Sectional semi-final game will be next Sunday August 12th versus Lodi at Ahuska Park at 1:00 pm.
The best of the Home Talent League will come together for the 2012 All-Star game this Friday, August 3rd at 7:05pm at Warner Park. The East/Southeast will face the North/West in the 4th annual event, and Monona's Rob Parman will represent the Braves on the East/Southeast squad.
General admission tickets are $7 and can be purchased ahead of time through your local HTL team, or at the gate which opens 90 minutes prior to game time.
Monona beat Poynette on Saturday, 14-10 at Paquette Park, Poynette. Sunday, the Braves dropped one to visiting DeForest.
This coming weekend brings Monona's participation in the annual Clarence Buss Tournament in Cottage Grove. The Braves play Friday night, June 8th at 8pm and may play again on Saturday depending on Friday's outcome, TBD.
Monona also hosts Waterloo on Sunday June 10th in their regular season Sunday game.
Monona shut out host Lodi 8-0 on Sunday. Next weekend the Braves travel to Poynette on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00pm at Paquette Park and then host DeForest on Sunday June 3rd at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park, Monona.
Monona beats Cottage Grove in extra frame May 14th
Monona edged Cottage Grove this Sunday 5-3 in 10 innings at Fireman's Park, Cottage Grove. The Braves move to 2-0 on the season and face another Eastern Section rival when they travel to Sun Prairie next Sunday, May 20th.
Game time is 1:00 pm at the old high school field, 220 Kroncke Dr., Sun Prairie, WI.
Monona travels to Cottage Grove this Sunday to square off with their section rival on Mother's Day. Game time is 1:00pm at Fireman's Park, Cottage Grove.
Come out and watch the Braves play on Mother's Day!
Braves rained out vs Poynette May 6th
Monona versus Poynette at Ahuska Park was postponed this Sunday due to rain and wet field conditions. Make up date TBD.
Monona opens with a win April 29th
Monona beat Marshall 11-1 in 8 innings today in their home opener, starting out 2012 with a big win. Pitchers kept Marshall to 1 run and the Braves' offense scored early and never looked back. Monona hosts Poynette next Sunday, May 6th at Ahuska Park, Monona and looks for win number two.
Brian Carriveau, an accomplished sports journalist, has written an invaluable book chronicling the 2008 Home Talent League Season! Brian's work details the history of the league, the genuine love of the game which the players exude, and the details of the 2008 season including the teams and individuals involved.
Brian will also be in attendance at Monona's home opener this Sunday, April 29th at Ahuska Park, Monona. He will have books on hand to sell and may even sign a few...
Brian brings his love for baseball to this tribute to the players, coaches and all others involved that comprise the Home Talent Amateur Baseball League.
A huge thanks goes out to Brian, in appreciation for all his time and efforts to complete this amazing historical record of the league and game we all love.
Braves sweep preseason weekend April 22nd
Monona won again today 3-0 over Jefferson at the annual Fort Atkinson exhibition tournament at Jones Park. The Braves hope to carry some momentum into the season opener while building on their preseason work.
Next Sunday, April 29th is Opening Day as Monona hosts Marshall at Ahuska Park, Monona at 1:00pm.
Go Monona 2012!
Monona no hits Cambridge in preseason warm up
Monona beat Cambridge today 2-0 in their first game at the annual Fort Atkinson exhibition tournament. Earlier in the day, Jefferson beat Fort Atkinson and will now face the Braves tomorrow at 2:30 at Jones Park in Fort Atkinson.
Exhibition Game vs Cazenovia Rained Out
Today's exhibition game vs Cazenovia has been rained out.
The Braves will play two preseason exhibition games next Saturday and Sunday at Fort Atkinson. Saturday is a 2:30 start and Sunday is TBD.
Opening Day is April 29th at Ahuska Park, Monona.
2012 Eastern Section Schedule
The 2012 Eastern Section schedule is now posted. Click on the Schedule link on the left to view the regular season games, with more weeknight, exhibition games to be scheduled in the near future.
The Braves return another solid core of veterans with a very talented group of younger players moving into their second and third years. The Braves open regular season play on April 29th by hosting Marshall at Ahuska Park in Monona.
The Braves will play three preseason exhibition games in mid-April. These games are on the schedule and times are TBD.
Go Braves 2012!
The Roster - player profiles, and Photo - albums sections of the website have now been updated with player pictures, brief player stat lines from 2010-2011, and a ton of 2011 game pictures (courtesy of Tom Gugel)! Click on the Roster and Photos links on the left to view...
2012 Schedules coming soon...
Go Braves 2012!
2012 Monona Braves Bowling Fundraiser
Monona held it's annual bowling tournament at Village Lanes over the month of January. This year's event was again a big success and the Braves would like to thank all those who supported the team by participating. Special thanks goes out to Mike & Nancy Anthony, Jerry & Mary Murphy, Greg "Stretch" Strangstalien, Tom Gugel, and many others who helped make all this happen.
There were 395 total entries in this year's tournament with the top 64 cashing in! Click on the MononaBowl link on the left to view this year's results.
The Monona Braves appreciate all your support!
Braves Celebrate 2011 at Banquet
Monona held a banquet this past weekend to celebrate their fourth Eastern Section title in the past five years. The Braves selected two 2011 Most Valuable Players with one going to Jay Gugel who hit .407 this season finishing 3rd in the section batting title race, with his brother Boomer Gugel again claiming the title for the fourth time in the last seven years by hitting .418. The other MVP award went to Zac Najacht who finished 9-2 with one save and a 2.78 ERA in the regular season and 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA in the post season.
Also, Rob Parman hit .397 (7th in section).
Past seasons' awards were also presented:
2008 - Two MVPs
co-MVP Alex Bauer - hit .429 (3rd in section)
co-MVP Shawn Burcum - hit .453 (2nd in section), also won HTL Eastern Section MVP.
The Monona Braves would again like to sincerely thank all their fans, sponsors, families, friends and coaches/players for all their hard work and support in making another successful season possible.
Go Monona Braves 2012, only 150 days until opening day...
Monona 2011 Team Banquet
Monona will celebrate it's 2011 HTL season and Eastern Section title at a team banquet on Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm. The banquet will be held at the Pizza Oven on Monona Dr. and is open to all players/family/friends of the team. Come celebrate another successful season and playoff run by your 2011 Monona Braves!
Here we come 2012...
Monona's Season Ends Early
Monona lost to Deforest 1-0 in the Eastern Section Final on 8/21. The Braves end the 2011 HTL season 16-4 with a share of the Eastern Section title.
Although the end left the Braves with a sour taste in their mouths, it was another solid season filled with another section title and playoff run, a batting title, and an impressive 12 game winning streak!
A huge thanks goes out to all the fans, sponsors, boosters, players and families of the team...your support is greatly appreciated.
A team banquet/dinner is being planned and information will follow.
Monona beat Sun Prairie 9-3 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Section Final. The Braves will travel to Deforest and look to return to the Final 4 Championship Series with a road victory. Game time is 1:00 pm on Sunday, 8/21 at Deforest HS field.
Monona received a win by forfeit Sunday versus Columbus and end the regular season 15-3 in the Eastern section. This ensures the Braves at least a share of the section title with today's other games' results to determine the final standings. Playoffs start next Sunday, 8/14 at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona, opponent TBD.
Monona won their 11th straight on Sunday over Lodi 11-1 to secure, at worst, a share of the Eastern Section title. The Braves have won or shared the section title 4 of the last 5 years and look to win their section and return to the Final Four for the 4th time in the last decade. Come out and watch their pursuit of another title starting August 14th at 1:00pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.
Jay and Boomer Gugel helped the East/Southeast defeat the North/West in this year's HTL All-Star game at Warner Park. The East/Southeast used a 7 run 8th inning to rally past the North/West team, 10-6 to secure the victory for the third consecutive year.
Two Monona Braves will play in this year's HTL All-Star game this Friday 7/29 at the Madison Mallard's field at Warner Park. The East section will team up with the Southeast to battle the North/West. Game time is 7:05 pm and tickets are $7. Gates open at 5:30 pm and tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket window. Come out and watch a couple of our Braves represent Monona Home Talent at the Duck Pond.
Monona handled Poynette on Sunday, 16-3 to move to 13-3 in the Eastern Section, holding on to a share of first place. Monona scored early and never looked back, and has now won 9 in a row. The Braves host Lodi next Sunday, July 31st at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.
Monona took two from Marshall on Sunday, 7-0 and 19-3 to move to 12-3 in the Eastern Section and a share of first place. Monona had a big day at the plate and scored early in both games. Monona has now won 8 in a row and travels to Poynette next Sunday, July 24th in efforts to extend the winning streak. Game time is 12:00 pm at Pauquette Park in Poynette.
Monona beat Cottage Grove on Sunday, 7-2 to move to 10-3 in the Eastern Section. Monona had a solid day in the field and a big 7th inning at the plate. Monona has won 5 in a row and travels to Marshall for a double header next Sunday, July 17th. Game 1 start time is 12:00 pm at Fireman's Park in Marshall.
Monona crushed Sun Prairie on Sunday, 14-1 in 7 innings and beat Rio on Monday 3-2. The two win weekend moves Monona to 9-3 in the Eastern Section. Monona had a big day at the plate including two home runs off Sun Prairie pitching on Sunday and battled for a close win on Monday. Monona hosts Cottage Grove next Sunday, July 10th. Game time is 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.
Monona beat Rio on Sunday, 9-2, to move to 7-3 in the Eastern Section. Monona had a big day at the plate including three home runs off Rio pitching. Monona hosts two games next weekend for the 4th of July, Sun Prairie on Sunday July 3rd and Rio on Monday July 4th. Game time for both is 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.
Come out and watch Monona play on the holiday weekend!
Monona defeated DeForest on Sunday, 9-8, to move to 6-3 in the Eastern Section. Monona jumped out early with 5 runs in the first inning and never looked back. Monona travels to Rio next Sunday June 26th. Game time is 1:00 pm at the Rio high school field.
Monona beat Waterloo on Saturday, 2-1, to move to 5-3 in the Eastern Section. Monona scored early and played strong defense to secure the win. Monona travels to DeForest on Father's Day, Sunday June 19th. Game time is 1:00 pm at the DeForest highschool field.
Monona let one slip away on the road at Sun Prairie, 5-3 on Sunday to fall to 4-3 in the Eastern Section. Monona scored early and took the lead into the 7th inning only to lose it. Monona faces Waterloo at home next Saturday June 18th and travels to DeForest Sunday June 19th. Game time for both games are 1:00 pm.
Monona won one on the road at Cottage Grove on Sunday to move to 4-2 in the Eastern Section. Monona scored early and scattered hits all day versus Cottage Grove pitching. Monona travels to Sun Prairie next Sunday June 12th and looks to deal a loss to another section rival. Game time is 1:00 pm at the Sun Prairie High School field, 220 Kroncke Dr.
Monona dropped another tough one to Lodi on Memorial Day, 3-2. Again, the Braves took an early lead but failed to hold on to it or extend it. Monona vs. Marshall on Sunday was postponed due to rain and a make-up date is set for Saturday July 30th at Ahuska Park in Monona.
Monona is on the road at Cottage Grove next Sunday June 5th will look to get back on track versus their section rival. Game time is Sunday at 1:00 pm at Fireman's Park in Cottage Grove.
Monona dropped a tough one to DeForest on Sunday, 6-3. The Braves took the lead early but couldn't hold on to it and failed to score after the 2nd inning. Monona is at home vs Marshall next Sunday May 29th and at Lodi on Memorial Day, and will look to bounce back for a two-win weekend. Game times are Sunday at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona and Monday at 1:00 pm in Dane vs. Lodi.
Monona ten-runned the Columbus Reds 21-10 in 7 innings on Sunday. Monona is back at home vs DeForest next Sunday, May 22st and will look to go 4-0 on the season. Game time is 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.
Monona shut out Poynette 8-0 at Ahuska Park on Mother's Day! Consistent hitting, strong pitching and solid defense propelled the Braves past Poynette. Monona travels to Columbus next Sunday, May 15th and will look to go 3-0 on the season. Game time is 1:00 pm at Fireman's Park in Columbus.
Monona opened the 2011 season with a 5-3 win in Waterloo. Monona will look to go 2-0 with a win in their home opener versus Poynette on Sunday May 8th. Game time is 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park, 400 E. Broadway in Monona. Come out and watch Monona play on Mother's Day!
Monona cruised on saturday to a 15-2 win over Poynette. Every Monona starter had an RBI in the game. Scoring started in the fourth with a sacrifice fly by Shawn Burcum and then a two-run homerun by Elliott Brakmanis. Corey Schmidt got the win by throwing six strong innings for the Braves.
Monona Splits Games Over Holiday Weekend
Over Memorial Day weekend, Monona split a pair of games. On Sunday Monona defeated Marshall 4-1. Shawn Burcum and Elliott Brakmanis, who hit a solo homerun in the eighth, each drove in two runs to back Monona pitcher Corey Schmidt. Schmidt went eight innings striking out eight. Dave Scheidell came in the eighth to get the save. On Monday, Mononas bats went cold and were shut out 2-0 to Lodi. Zac Najacht pitched eight solid innings for the Braves. The Braves play Saturday down in Poynette at 1:00pm.
Najachts One-Hitter Lifts Monona Over Rio
Monona's Zac Najacht struck out seven in a one-hit shutout to hand visiting Rio its first loss, 4-0, in a Eastern Section battle Sunday. "We expect that out of him everytime hes out there," Monona Chris Alexander said. "When he can do it efficiently like that, especially early on in the season, thats a plus for us." Najachts no-hit bid ended in the sixth inning when Rio's Alex Brewer drove a one-out single up the middle for his teams only hit.
Monona Cruises Past Columbus
Monona cruised past Columbus in a Eastern Section game on Sunday. Boomer Gugel and Mike Slinde had three RBI apiece. Cory Schmidt got the start and threw five innings to get the win while striking out five.
Monona Falls Short
The Braves fell 2-1 to Sun Prairie on Sunday. The Braves opened the scoring with when Boomer Gugel scored on a Shawn Burcum batted ball to the shortstop. Sun Prairie answered with a run in the top of the second and then scored the go ahead run in the seventh on a Chris Gehrke sacrifice fly. Brandon Lenz got the win throwing a complete game three hitter. Zac Najacht took the loss and go 1-1 on the season.
Monona Opens The Season With Win
The Monona Braves opened the season with a 10-0 win over Waterloo in 8 innings on Sunday. Monona was led by Chris Alexander who went 4x5 with 3 RBI's. Monona also got extra hit games from Boomer Gugel (2x4), Jay Gugel (2x5), Elliott Brakmanis (2x4), Matt McCormick (2x4) and Zach Verhage (2x4). Zac Najacht went 5 innings to get the win. Monona will have their home opener next weekend against Sun Prairie at Ahuska Park at 1pm.
Monona Opens Eastern Section Play May 2nd
Monona will open play on the road at Waterloo on May 2nd at 1pm. Monona will look to repeat as Eastern Conference champs. Monona will compete in an exhibition tournament in Fort Atkinson on April 17th and 18th. Monona will also play April 25th vs. Fort Atkinson in an another exhibition.