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BE, Minn Lake, USC Legion teams advance to District Tournament

July 17, 2011
by Chuck Hunt, Register Editor
Three Legion baseball teams from Faribault County advanced out of Sub-District Tournament play in Truman last week and are competing at the District Tournament being held in Redwood Falls this past weekend and the coming weekend.

USC Legion defeated the Blue Earth Legion team in the championship game of the Sub-District, 6-4, dropping the No. 1 seed Blue Earth team to second place. Minnesota Lake took third, with all three top teams advancing.

The Blue Earth Legion Post 89 team started the Sub-District play with a 2-0 loss to Minnesota Lake.

“Taylor Owen threw a complete game two hitter for us, with 13 strikeouts,” Blue Earth Legion coach Steve Sonnicksen says. “He only gave up one earned run. But we could only come up with three hits and no runs.”

That dropped Blue Earth into the loser’s bracket, where they had to fight their way back in the double-elimination tournament.

In the second game, Blue Earth defeated Truman 7-1.

Brady Anderson threw a complete game 3-hitter. Josh Amundson, Carter Hanson and Andrew Bell had three hits each in the win.

Game three saw Blue Earth explode for a 13-3 win over Welcome-Sherburn in five innings.

Blue Earth had 16 hits in the game, led by Hanson who went 4 for 4 at the plate. Owen, Amundson and Bell had three hits each.

Amundson got the complete game win on the mound.

The fourth game put Blue Earth back against Minnesota Lake, the team they lost to in game one.

This time the Post 89 boys were able to defeat Minnesota Lake 3-0.

Jonah Pirsig pitched a complete game two hitter.

There were not a lot of hits by either team. Colin Nienhaus, Amundson and Bell each had one for Blue Earth.

The win propelled the team to the championship game against USC.

“We would have had to beat them (USC) two games in a row in order to win the championship,” Coach Sonnicksen says. “We lost 6-4 in the first game and took second.”

Owen, Hanson, Nienhaus and Anderson all had two hits in the game.

“It was a hot day,” Sonnickson says. “Four guys pitched in that first game, and I don’t know who would have been ready to go in a second game.”

Blue Earth played Pipestone in a 1:30 p.m. game this past Friday in the District Tournament in Redwood Falls. If they won, they played Saturday at 4 p.m. against the winner of the Luverne-Milroy game. If they lost the first game they would play the loser of that game at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

If the team survives the first round without two losses, they will play again this coming weekend in Redwood Falls.

The USC Legion team faced Redwood Falls last Friday at 7 p.m. for their first District Tournament game.

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