After what was a record breaking season for St. James, the Post #33 baseball team lost both of their games this weekend at the American Legion Regional tournament in Milbank, South Dakota.
Game one was on Thursday afternoon and St. James lost to Waupun 8-2. Walker Froehling was uncharacteristically wild on the mound, walking four and only getting one strikeout. He was pulled in the third inning after allowing seven runs, five earned. Bransen Peterson entered the game in relief and pitched extremely well, giving up only one more run the rest of the way. He struck out four and only allowed one hit.
Unfortunately, too much damage had been done, as St. James could only muster three singles in the game. Peterson and Devin Wolle both hit their way on base. Justin Stevens drew two walks in the game, and scored one of the only two runs.
Both St. James runs came in the top of the seventh inning. A sac fly by Brady Halvorson and an RBI single by Tyler Witcraft the Saints a little bit of hope, but Froehling grounded out to end the game.
Game two of the double-elimination tournament took place the following morning against host team Milbank. Again, trouble on the mound would be the Saint’s undoing, as Milbank put up runs in the first, second and third innings against Jacob Ziemer, two of which were earned.
Petersen scored the only St. James run in the bottom of the third, but Milbank put up two more in the fifth to seal up the win. The final score was 6-1.
Wolle gathered two hits, one a double against Milbank, and John Olsen hit a double as well. Ryan Menssen had two hits and pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
St. James finished the 2014 season with a 23-9 record.
For a recap of the Legion team’s season and some of the season statistic, check out next week’s issue of the St. James Plaindealer.