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Legion eliminated in post season

By Staff | Jul 24, 2011

The Blue Earth Legion team was eliminated from post-season play last weekend in Redwood Falls.

So were the USC and Minnesota Lake Legion teams.

Blue Earth was eliminated when they lost their second game of the weekend to Springfield on Sunday.

USC went out of the tournament with a loss to Pipestone in the game just before Blue Earth.

Minnesota Lake had gone out earlier with a loss to USC.

On Friday, the Blue Earth Legion lost to Pipestone 2-1 in 12 innings.

“It was a tough loss,” Legion coach Steve Sonnicksen says. “It was 1-1 and Pipestone won it with an unearned run on an error by us.”

Taylor Owen pitched 11 innings and had a four hitter. He struck out 13 and walked four. Josh Amundson pitched the last inning and gave up the one unearned run.

Blue Earth only had six hits in the game. Dalton Hurn had two of them. Amundson, Carter Hanson, Collin Nienhaus and Andrew Bell each had one hit.

The loss dropped the team to the losers’ bracket where they faced Milroy on Saturday. Blue Earth won the game 10-3.

Garrett Anderson pitched three innings, while Jonah Pirsig came in for four innings.

Blue Earth’s top three hitters accounted for seven of the 10 hits. Amundson had three, Hurn and Anderson two each.

Carter Hanson, Nienhaus and Connor Hanson had the other hits.

The Blue Earth Legion next faced Springfield in a Sunday game and lost 14-4.

“I got a call while we were on our way that the game was going to be delayed due to the heat,” Sonnicksen says. “It was delayed four hours.”

He says the heat still took its toll on the players, umps and fans.

Brady Anderson pitched two innings and took the loss. Several other players came in and pitched as well.

Offensively, Amundson and Nienhaus led the team with two hits each.

Garrett Anderson, Dallas Barslou and Hanson each had one hit.