W/BE defeated by Springfield
The season came to an end in Luverne on Friday, July 26, for the Winnebago/Blue Earth Legion baseball team. After taking an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, W/BE gave up two runs in the bottom of the second inning and three runs in the bottom of the third before losing by a final score of 5-2 to Springfield.
Springfield defeated Heron Lake-Okabena in the elimination final before being eliminated by Luverne, who claimed the sub-state championship.
W/BE got on the board in the second inning. Anders Fering led off with an infield hit and advanced to second base when a balk was called on the Springfield pitcher. A line-drive double off the bat of Brayden Barnett found the gap between the center and left fielders allowing Fering to score easily on the play.
W/BE threatened in the top of the fifth when Luke Mertens and Gavin Storbeck hit back-to-back singles with two outs. An infield ground out ended the inning without any runs scored.
Another threat by W/BE occurred in the top of the sixth inning when Fering reached third base with Barnett on second. Once again Springfield closed the door and W/BE failed to score any runs.
The boys from W/BE tried their best to rally in the top of the seventh inning. Koby Nagel walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a ground out to third which resulted in a controversial close play at first. A double by Caelan Sanders brought home Nagel but a fly ball out to the center fielder ended the game.
Jared Kennedy pitched a complete game for W/BE and allowed only four hits off the bats of the Springfield team, Meanwhile, W/BE pounded out seven hits during the game. The key statistics were the four errors committed by W/BE which resulted in two unearned runs, and the number of runners left on base by W/BE.
“It hurts to lose and have your season end and although we are losing some really good kids from this year’s team, we’ve got a really good group coming back next year,” coach Paul Nienaber told the team as he gave them their last post-game speech of the year.