Baseball: Legion tourney this weekend
The River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team will take a record of 4-1 into its home tournament this weekend after winning two of three games earlier this week.
Red Wing got some revenge on Post 121 with a 2-0 victory in Red Wing Monday, June 17, to hand River Falls its first loss of the season. River Falls had beaten Red Wing 14-1 five days earlier in River Falls.
Post 121 got back on track with back-to-back 6-0 victories over Inver Grove Heights Tuesday, June 18, and New Richmond Wednesday, June 19. They’ll open their home tournament Friday night, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. against Fond du Lac and play Hudson Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. before wrapping up tournament play against East Ridge Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m.
Last Monday at Red Wing, Kyle Thompson and Austin Mueller held the home team to just four hits but River Falls managed just three hits of its own on its way to its first loss of the season.
Thompson allowed just one hit and one earned run over the first three innings while walking three and striking out three. Mueller worked the final three innings and gave up one earned run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout.
River Falls’ was held hitless through the first 4 1/3 innings until Jake Rivard laced a one out single following a walk to Connor Cardell but neither runner was able to advance.
Jaden Schwantz drilled a one-out triple in the sixth inning and Ragan Pinnow followed with a walk but River Falls came up empty again. James Westhoff had the only other hit, a two-out single in the seventh.
Tuesday night Joe Stoffel and Charlie Griffin combined for a two-hit shutout and Cole Evavold, Jake Bergmanis and Adam Feyereisen each doubled and drove in a run in a 6-0 victory over Inver Grove Heights.
Stoffel worked the first five innings on the mound, allowing both Inver Grove Heights hits while striking out eight and walking two before Griffin struck out five and walked one in two hitless innings of relief.
Feyereisen and Bergmanis both doubled in runs during a three-run first inning for River Falls while Evavold had an RBI double in the fifth. River Falls’ final run came unearned in the sixth when Michael Krueger reached on an error and later scored on the back end of a double steal.
Post 121 picked up its second straight 6-0 victory Wednesday night over New Richmond behind six innings of shutout ball from pitcher Andrew Bevens.
Feyereisen got things going with a solo home run in the bottom of the first and broke it open with four runs in the third, highlighted by an RBI sac fly by Stoffel and an RBI single from Bergmanis. Cardell singled and came around to score on a sac fly by Krueger in the fourth for River Falls’ final run of the game.
Bevens allowed just four hits in six innings while striking out five and walking two before Evavold retired New Richmond in order in the seventh.
Following this weekend’s home tournament Post 121 will host Faribault Wednesday, June 26, at 5 p.m. before competing in the Chippewa Falls Tournament Friday through Sunday, June 28-30.