The American Legion baseball team split four games this past week. All games were played away from St. James.
Legion Post 33 beat Welcome-Sherburn (WS) on Thursday and then played in a tournament in Luverne on Friday and Saturday where they went 1-2.
St. James 6, Welcome-Sherburn 2
David Bradley started, went 5.33 innings and got the win. He gave up two runs, one of them earned, gave up five hits, while striking out four. Jacob Ziemer finished the game going 1.66 innings and was credited with a save.
St. James got one in the first as Zack Gleiter walked, worked his way around bases and scored from third on a balk. St. James added a run in the second and three in the fifth inning.
WS got on the scoreboard with two in the bottom of the sixth, but St. James added one in the seventh for the final winning margin of 6-2.
St. James only managed six hits for the game with Kyle Pinke, Ryan Menssen and John Olsen collecting RBIs.
St. James 16, West Central SD 5
The team from hinterlands of South Dakota played St. James close early in the game and trailed Post 33 just 5-3 through four innings. St. James scored six in the fifth and five in the top of the seventh to bust the game wide open.
Sam Carlson pitched the entire game for Post 33, striking out 10 in seven innings.
Walker Froehling led the multi-hit parade of Legion batters going 4-5. Kyle Pinke went 2-2; both Ryan Menssen and Tyler Witcraft were 2-3 and Nick Beckius was 2-5. St. James had total of 16 hits.
Wahoo 9, St. James 8
That's Wahoo, Nebraska, who St. James played in the second game of the Luverne Tournament.
Coach Tim Pinke said Wahoo had a couple of pitchers who were throwing in college this spring. The pitcher that was the closer for Wahoo is going to pitch for the Corn Huskers in Lincoln.
It was a game that had some ebb and flow to it. St. James fell behind 4-0, then tied it up 4-4 in the top of the fourth.
Post 33 fell behind 8-4 and then St. James tied it up in the top of the seventh inning 8-8. Unfortunately, a bloop single by Wahoo to right field pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the 7th.
Walker Froehling started for the Legion going four innings and gave up eight runs, with six of them earned runs, while striking out four. Ryan Menssen went 2.33 innings gave up one earned run and was saddled with the loss.
Kyle Pinke had two hits and two RBIs. Menssen also had two RBIs and scored twice.
Page 2 of 2 - Sacred Heart beats St. James 6-3
In the final game on Saturday, Post 33 fell to the Legion team from Sacred Heart 6-3.
Jacob Ziemer went the distance for St. James and took the loss. All six runs he gave up were earned.
St. James only managed six hits with Sam Carlson collecting two of them.
Playing as the home team, Sacred Heart got three runs in the bottom of the first. Back to back singles started the inning and those runners made it home on a bases clearing triple by the third batter. He scored on an infield ground out by the clean-up hitter.
Sacred Heart built the lead to 6-0 before St. James put two on the board in the top of the sixth. Sam Carlson started the scoring with a double and he scored on a single by Devin Wolle. Wolle scored on a single by Zack Gleiter.
St. James got one more in the top of the seventh when the lead off hitter Ryan Menssen doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield ground out. Carlson singled, but died on the bases as John Olsen struck out and Wolle popped out to short left field to end the game.
Post 33's regular season ends this week. They play a road game at Truman the evening of the Fourth of July and wrap up the season when Minnesota Lake pays a visit on Monday night. Game time is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm.