B-H, Sebeka end season for Legion
After closing out the regular season with a pair of wins, the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team saw its season come to an end with a pair of losses in the subdistrict tournament.
The Legion defeated Bertha-Hewitt 4-1 on July 5 and Walker 13-5 on July 6 to end the regular season with a 9-3 record. That gave Park Rapids the No. 1 seed for the subdistrict tournament.
Park Rapids opened the double-elimination subdistrict tournament at Menahga with an 8-3 loss to No. 5 Bertha-Hewitt Monday night. The Legion stayed alive with an 8-1 win over No. 6 Leech Lake Tuesday before being eliminated with an 11-2 loss to No. 3 Sebeka Tuesday night.
Matt Katzenmeyer's team ended the season with a 10-5 record.
Legion earns No. 1 seed
The Legion earned the top seed for the subdistrict tournament by ending the regular season with wins over Bertha-Hewitt and Walker.
Tucker Coborn allowed six hits (including a solo homer in the first inning) and struck out seven in the win over B-H. Dylan Walsh had a two-run single in the third before a double by Kyle Kanten and Cody Schirmers' RBI single made it 3-1 in the fourth. A walk to Schirmers, a single by Cory Odland, and walks to Coborn and Walsh led to the final run in the sixth. Coborn went 2 for 3 and Levi Erickson went 2 for 4 to pace the Legion's offense.
Odland threw a three-hitter and struck out 10 and Walsh went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers to lead the Legion past Walker. Walsh followed an RBI single in the first with a solo homer in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth. Danny Pike also hit a solo homer in the fifth and lined a two-run single during a three-run sixth. Singles by Kody Walsh, Ryan Peterson, Schirmers and Odland set up a two-run double by Coborn and an RBI single by Pike during a five-run seventh. Schirmers went 3 for 5 with three runs, Pike went 3 for 4, Odland and Coborn each went 2 for 4 with two runs, and Peterson went 2 for 3 with two runs.
Legion strands 13 runners
Missed opportunities cost the Legion in the playoff opener against Bertha-Hewitt.
The Legion stranded 13 runners on base by striking out 15 times to drop into the losers' bracket.
Schirmers walked and scored on Coborn's triple as the Legion tied the game at 1-1 in the first.
B-H scored twice on a suicide squeeze to cap a three-run third inning before Jared Hoemberg's two-run single capped a three-run fourth frame. B-H added an insurance run in the seventh.
Park Rapids ended the scoring in the bottom of the seventh when Coborn was hit by a pitch, Dylan Walsh singled, Pike reached on an error, Kanten lined an RBI single and Kody Walsh walked with the bases loaded.
Kanten went 3 for 4, Coborn went 2 for 3 and Dylan Walsh went 2 for 3 to account for the majority of the Legion's eight hits. Odland started and took the loss while Erickson finished up. Those two combined to allow only three hits, but walked 12.
Legion defeats Leech Lake
The Legion managed only five hits against Leech Lake, but took advantage of six walks and five errors to stay alive.
After Leech Lake scored an unearned run in the first, Park Rapids tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Coborn's two-out double and an error.
A six-run second inning put Park Rapids in control. Kanten led off with a single, Kody Walsh walked and Peterson reached on a bunt single. Four runs scored when Schirmers walked, Odland was hit by a pitch, Coborn reached on an error and Dylan Walsh walked. Two wild pitches allowed the other two runs to score.
In the third, Kody Walsh walked with one out and scored on singles by Peterson and Schirmers.
Coborn went the distance, scattering eight hits while striking out eight and stranding eight runners on base. Peterson went 2 for 3 to pace the offense.
Legion's season ends
Sebeka stayed alive while eliminating Park Rapids with an 11-2 victory Tuesday night.