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Legion team continues to play well

By Staff | Jun 23, 2019

Brayden Barnett raises a cloud of dust as he slides home against Truman. Winnebago/Blue Earth swept a double header against Truman. A week later they hosted the Mapleton Legion team and handed them an 8-0 loss. W/BE has now held their opponents scoreless for the last 17 innings. W/BE is scheduled to host St. James at Veterans Field in Blue Earth on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.

The Winnebago/Blue Earth American Legion baseball team was supposed to host Mapleton in a doubleheader on Thursday, June 20. The weather had other ideas and so the teams played one shortened game with W/BE won 8-0.

“The boys came to the ballpark today ready to go right from the start,” head coach Paul Nienaber said. “It showed in the way they played.”

The game was called after 5 1/2 innings when lightning was spotted by the umpires.

W/BE scored in every inning and wasted no time in taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Joe Schavey singled and stole second base. He scored when Karson Legred reached on an error. Kean Hicks came in as a courtesy runner for Legred and scored on Brayden Barnett’s single to right field which gave W/BE a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

Luke Mertens walked to start the second inning and advanced to second on wild pitch. Keegan O’Brien’s single to left moved Mertens to third base. Mertens scored on a delayed double steal with O’Brien gaining second base.

O’Brien stole third and scored when Caelan Sanders laced a line drive to right. Sanders scored on a hit by Schavey to make it a 5-0 ballgame after two innings.

Meanwhile, pitcher Hunter Bleess, who pitched went the distance, was on his game as he struck out the side in the top of the second inning on his way to recording nine strikeouts in the game. He gave up three hits and walked one batter.

“Hunter pitched very well tonight,” Nienaber remarked. “He had good command of the strike zone and mixed his pitches well.”

W/BE finished with 11 hits and committed zero errors on defense.

W/BE is scheduled to host St. James on Thursday, 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m.W/BE 4, Truman 2

The Winnebago/Blue Earth American Legion baseball team swept a doubleheader against the Truman Legion team Thursday, June 13, at Veterans Field in Blue Earth.

W/BE won the first game 4-2 and won the second game, a scheduled five-inning game, 6-0.

Hunter Bleess hurled the first game for W/BE and allowed two unearned runs in the top of the first inning before holding Truman scoreless the remaining six innings.

W/BE tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Karson Legred had a lead off walk.

With Legred at second base, Anders Fering hit a grounder to the first baseman who tried to throw Legred out at third base. An error on the throw allowed Legred to score and Fering to advance to second base. Hunter Bleess hit a hard line drive for a double to score Fering and tie the game up 2-2.

W/BE took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Caelan Sanders hit a two-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Joe Schavey walked to put runners on the corners. Legred connected for a double to score both Sanders and Schavey and give W/BE a 4-2 lead.

Bleess picked up the win. He pitched seven innings, struck out nine, walked one and gave up three hits.

W/BE only had five hits but four of them were doubles. Sanders, Legred, Bleess and Brayden Barnett all had two-baggers while Keegan O’Brien had a single.

W/BE 6, Truman 0

Winnebago/Blue Earth completed the sweep of Truman in Legion baseball with a 6-0 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.

Logan O’Hara took the mound and picked up the win as he pitched all five innings of the shutout victory.

Meanwhile, his teammates scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning to give O’Hara a nice cushion to work with.

Truman sent only 17 batters to the plate. A double in the second inning, a walk in the fourth inning and an error in the fifth inning gave Truman their only baserunners for the game. Catcher Ryan Madetzke threw out one of their runners trying to steal third base.

O’Hara struck out four Truman batters, walked one and gave up one hit.