By John Sherman
At no time during the State American Legion Baseball Tournament did Tri-City Red pitcher-third baseman think of himself as a candidate for the Fred Wannamaker Most Valuable Player Award.
“I didn’t even know there was an award like this,” said Indlecoffer, as he held the trophy in his hands following the state-championship game July 31 at CHS Field. “This should be a team award. Everyone played so well. From our high school freshman to our college freshman, we worked as a group to bring the state championship to Tri-City.”
Indlecoffer, who batted .430 in the tournament and was the winning pitcher in the semifinals against Eden Prairie, was on a mission.
“No one ever expects a host team to do anything in the state tournament,” he said. “The way we came back from the loss to Ham Lake on Sunday is something I will always remember.”
Monday’s 8-6 win over Eden Prairie and 6-3 win over Ham Lake were examples of how many players on the Tri-City Red roster made an impact. Indlecoffer pointed to Erik Holloman’s two-run, walk-off homer in the first game and Scott Kalthoff’s key pitching performance in the second game.
“Scott is normally a relief pitcher, but he did a great job as a starter today,” said Indlecoffer.
Looking ahead to his next baseball season, Indlecoffer will play for Iowa Western Community College next spring.
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