The boys of summer
Winnebago/Blue Earth Legion Post 82 and 89 was riding high following their double-header sweep of Minnesota Lake on Thursday, June 28. Unfortunately, they were unable to carry their momentum into Wells on Monday, July 2.
Winnebago/BE lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Wells Legion, 8-7 in eight innings. With 13 total hits in the ballgame, Winnebago/ Blue Earth jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings. Not only was the offense firing on all cylinders early in the ballgame, but Winnebago/BE starting pitcher Koby Nagel allowed just two hits during that span.
“I thought he pitched very well because he just threw strikes,” Winnebago/BE head coach Steve Sonnicksen said of Nagel. “He was able to get crucial outs and that is what we need in order to compete consistently.”
However, Wells was able to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie up the score. Joe Schavey of Winnebago/Blue Earth was able to break the tie in the sixth inning with a two-out RBI, but Wells answered back to tie the game and send matters into extra innings.
To lead off the top of the eighth, Zac Schonrock legged out an infield single for Winnebago/Blue Earth, but exited the game after an apparent leg injury. Pinch runner CJ Bonin took the place of Schonrock, and was able to advance to second base on a Karson Legred sacrifice bunt in the next at bat.
With one out, Bonin motored over to third on a Jared Kennedy groundout.
With two men down in the frame, Winnebago/BE’s Jordan Huse was able to drive home Bonin thanks to a sharply hit grounder past the Wells third baseman. Huse’s RBI proved to be the only run of the inning for W/BE, but it was enough to take a momentary 7-6 lead.
In the home half of the eighth, Legred of Winnebago/Blue Earth, who ended up pitching two and one-thirds innings, allowed an RBI double which tied the ballgame at seven apiece. Wells would eventually drive in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to center field for the walk off victory.
Despite the setback in Wells, coach Sonnicksen feels his team, now 7-4 on the season, has fared well to this point in the season.
“We’ve had kids step in and do a good job and contribute. I’m real happy with our team attitude and how everybody has competed.”
Winnebago/Blue Earth was back on the baseball diamond on Thursday, July 5 as they took on St. Clair in a home double-header. Results from both games will be available in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.