Moorhead and Alex square off in Sunday Sub State 14 final
Alexandria displayed some impressive pitching depth Saturday, July 28 in East Grand Forks.
Playing in its fifth and sixth games of the Minnesota Division Sub-state 14 American Legion baseball tournament, Alexandria picked up two wins and forced a winner-take-all championship game today.
Alexandria defeated East Grand Forks 6-4 in a loser-out game, then downed Moorhead 12-5 in the championship game. That handed Moorhead its first loss in the tournament and forced a second championship game which will be played at noon Sunday.
Taylor Jendro pitched a complete game for Alexandria against East Grand Forks, allowing just six hits. Braden Reisdorf came on in relief in the third inning against Moorhead and allowed just one run over the final four innings.
"Those guys haven't pitched much,'' Alexandria coach Jacob Munsch said. "They aren't regulars; more if-need-be pitchers. But we have confidence in them. (Jendro) rose to the occasion today and had probably his best outing in two years. He has good stuff. Command has been his issue. Today he was throwing strikes. It was the same thing with Braden. He threw strikes and made the batters earn anything they got.''
Moorhead scored a pair of runs in the first inning and again in the third to jump to a 4-2 lead. But Alexandria answered with five runs in the top of the fourth inning and five more in the sixth.
"That (fourth inning) was big,'' Moorhead coach Bryant Bergerson said. "But we're still in the game at that point. Then they had another big inning and blew the door open.''
Alexandria out-hit the Blues 14-5, with Reisdorf getting four hits and Thomas Anderson and Isaac Peterson three each to lead the way.
"We haven't had a lot of close games this year,'' Bergerson said. "The wheels fell off in this one. When you don't play well in all three facets of the game—hitting, pitching and defense—it doesn't usually go your way. And that's what happened today.''
Frazee falls to Warroad in elimination round
After being shutout in their tournament opener by top-seeded Stephen-Argyle, Warroad, seeded fourth, reeled off three straight victories to set up a Sunday winner-take-all rematch at the Northwest Sub-State Tournament in Red Lake Falls.
No. 3 Frazee split their first two games defeating No 2 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10-2 and losing a tight game to Stephen-Argyle 3-2. Frazee led 2-1 midway through six, but the top seeds scored a single run in the sixth and the walk-off winner in the seventh to advance.
Warroad dispatched of D-G-F 11-6 and took out Frazee 9-3 to reach the championship final needing to beat Stephen-Argyle twice to advance to state.
Warroad kept the season alive in a 5-3 victory to force Sunday’s showdown at noon.
Northwest Sub-State Tournament At Red Lake Falls
Friday, July 27
1) No. 1 Stephen-Argyle 3, No.4 Warroad 0
2) No. 3 Frazee 10, No. 2 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 2
3) Warroad 11, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 6
4) Stephen-Argyle 3, Frazee 2
Saturday, July 28
5) Warroad 9, Frazee 3
6) Warroad 5, Stephen-Argyle 3
(Second title game Sunday at noon)