Alexandria takes state berth; DL eliminated
A confident No. 4 Alexandria Post 87 ballclub batted around the order the first three innings in a 14-0 blowout of No. 8 Detroit Lakes in championship quarterfinal play at the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament at Krueger Field Friday.
“I’m confident in our guys and think we have everything we need to win the tournament,” Head Coach Jake Munsch said. “We still have to go out and execute. We’re good on paper but paper can burn quick.”
Thursday’s hero Blake Stockert scored in each of his first three plate appearances at the leadoff position, including his second home run of the tournament.
First baseman Toby Helgeson and starting pitcher Mitch Thompson in the three and cleanup positions also scored in his of their first three plate appearances.
Travis Krueger had a two-RBI single to score Helgeson and Thompson in the first inning and Krueger scored to cap scoring in the first frame at 4-0 Alexandria.
Casey Hammerback, batting in the two hole, joined Stockert, Helgeson and Thompson scoring in the second inning to push the rout to 8-0.
All four scored in the third inning, along with Parker Revering to push past the 10-run mercy rule to 13-0 after three innings.
Alexandria added an unearned run in the sixth inning for the 14-0 final.
Detroit Lakes was outhit 15-4 and managed only two hits after a double and single in the first inning. Detroit Lakes also left the bases loaded in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings stranding a dozen runners.
Helgeson was 3-3 at the plate with three runs to lead Alexandria. Krueger was 3-5 with three RBIs.
Thompson picked up the victory throwing four innings, allowing three hits, two walks and he struck out four.
Sam Voz takes the loss allowing 11 runs, seven earned on nine hits in two innings pitched. He issued three walks.
Bemidji notched a 12-8 win against Detroit Lakes in the early game but fell to the top-seeded Moorhead Blues 17-6 in seven innings in the second game of the afternoon.
In the elimination opener against Detroit Lakes, Bemidji trailed 5-4 going into the fifth inning but a four-run fifth helped give them the lead.
James Hendricks had a pair of home runs and a double in the game to lead Bemidji while Connor McNallan also homered.
Seth Anderson got the win for Bemidji while Parker Lucas also pitched in relief.
“We kind of pieced it together for that one,” Blumhagen said. “We were trying to make our way through this losers bracket and we did a good job surviving against Detroit Lakes to make it to the Moorhead game.”
In the title game Sunday, Alexandria took any air of uncertainty out of Perham’s Tuffy’s Stadium quickly Sunday afternoon and ended the game two innings early in a hitting barrage against Moorhead.
Toby Helgeson blasted a grand slam to highlight an eight-run second inning as the defending champions won their fourth straight game of the tournament, defeating the Moorhead Blues 19-3 to claim the American Legion Substate 14 championship.
“We just flat-out hit the ball all over the park,” said head coach Jake Munsch. “I could tell our guys were ready to play. We came here and took care of business today.”
In the first two innings of play, seven Alexandria batters recorded at least one RBI and Alexandria led 11-0. Moorhead’s starting pitcher Derek Jorgenson lasted 1⅓ innings.
“I don’t want anyone to take anything away from Moorhead; that pitcher we faced shut us out last time we faced him,” Munsch said.
The second balk call preceded a wild pitch that Mitch Thompson trotted home on after taking third on the balk to make the score 13-1.
Alexandria continued to pour on the offense knocking reliever Austin Skjefte out in the sixth inning after scoring five more runs to increase the lead to 19-1.
Schroeder hit a two-run homer with England aboard in the bottom of the sixth for Moorhead.