Legion downs Wells in six innings
The Winnebago/Blue Earth American Legion baseball team downed Wells 14-4 in six innings to claim the Division II Section 2C title on Saturday, July13. The game, along with all of the tournament contests, was played at Veterans Field in Blue Earth.
W/BE had advanced to the championship round of the double elimination tournament undefeated. They defeated St. James 8-5 on Thursday and then downed Minnesota Lake by a 6-1 score on Friday.
Wells had an earlier loss in the tournament and entered play on Saturday needing to defeat W/BE twice to earn the championship.
Wells scored one run in the first inning and added another run in the top of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.
W/BE pushed five runs across the plate in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good.
The home team filled the bases courtesy of a walk to Gavin Storbeck, Caelan Sanders getting hit by a pitch and Joe Schavey beating out a bunt down the third-base line.
A sacrifice fly off the bat of Karson Legred scored the first run for W/BE. Anders Fering hit a single to right field to score two more runners. Fering took second when the right fielder mishandled the ball.
A wild pitch let Fering move to third base. Brayden Barnett drew a walk. A sacrifice fly by Hunter Bleess scored Fering. Meanwhile, the speedy Barnett stole second and third base. He scored on a single by Koby Nagel to give W/BE a 5-2 lead.
W/BE scored five more runs in the fourth inning, one more in the fifth and two more in the sixth inning to complete their scoring.
“It was a good win against a quality team, they played some good baseball this weekend,” coach Paul Nienaber said.
Storbeck pitched 5 2/3 innings to get credit for the win. He gave up four runs on eight hits. He struck out eight batters and walked one.
Next up for W/BE was the Legion Southwest Sub-State tournament in Luverne. Wells and Minnesota Lake also qualified for the tournament. W/BE began the tournament with a game against Adrian on Thursday night, July 18. Results of that game and other tournament contests will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.
Minnesota Lake 1
W/BE scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a close game and defeat Minnesota Lake 6-1 in the second round of the Division II Section 2C tournament held in Blue Earth on Friday, July 12.
Minnesota Lake scored their lone run in the top of the first inning but W/BE tied the game in the bottom of the first.
There was one out when Joe Schavey reached first base on a walk. Karson Legred followed with a double to put runners on second and third base for W/BE. Anders Fering walked to load the bases. A walk to Hunter Bleess brought Schavey home with a run to tie the game at 1-1 after the first inning.
W/BE scored another run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 2-1 lead.
Legred hit his second double of the game. Kean Hicks came in as a courtesy runner for Legred and advanced to third on a passed ball. A single by Fering plated Hicks and put W/BE on top for good.
W/BE was holding on to a slim 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. The home team added four more runs in their half of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead.
Koby Nagel got on base with a one-out single. Adam Schavey came in as a courtesy runner for Nagel. Luke Mertens reached on an error by the third baseman which allowed Schavey to reach second base safely. Keegan O’Brien singled to fill the bases.
A pop up to the first baseman meant Minnesota Lake was one out away from getting out of trouble but Joe Schavey and Legred were both hit by pitches which scored Adam Schavey and Mertens. Fering followed with a single to score O’Brien and Joe Schavey and give W/BE a 6-2 lead.
Nagel was sharp on the mound for W/BE. He pitched all seven innings and threw only 86 total pitches. He gave up four hits, struck out three and walked two batters to get credit for the victory.
Legred, Fering, Nagel and O’Brien each had two hits for W/BE. Fering had two RBIs.