Legion Baseball: St. Paul Park, East Ridge, Woodbury survive to Friday
Although each has one loss, the Woodbury, East Ridge and St. Paul Park Legion baseball teams have survived the first few days of the Sub-State 5 tournament in Burnsville.
The St. Paul Park Post 98 Legion baseball team was the only team to advance on the first day of tournament play with a 9-7 upset of top-seeded Woodbury in 11 innings on Tuesday, July 18. Trailing 7-4 in the top of the ninth inning, St. Paul Park rallied to score three runs. Evan Krhin tripled in the top of the 11th to score the game-winning run, and Mike Gille also scored on a wild pitch in the 9-7 victory.
“I think when we got a couple we realized we could score off them, and hang with them,” coach Matt Doornink said. “We just kept going.”
St. Paul Park dropped its first game of the tournament in a 7-3 loss to Farmington on Thursday, July 20.
The starting pitcher Krhin tossed 6.2 innings, allowing just two unearned runs. But he hit the pitch count rule, forcing him from the game before he could finish the seventh. Farmington scored four runs in the eighth inning.
“It was pretty good,” Krhin said. “It was pretty hot today, so that was interesting. Then fog kind of came in and made the balls a little bit more slick.”
St. Paul Park will next play East Ridge on Friday, July 21 at 6 p.m.Woodbury Blue
The Woodbury Blue Legion baseball team, which entered the Sub-State tournament as the top seed, bounced back from its loss to St. Paul Park with an 8-5 victory against Lakeville North on Thursday, July 20.
The Woodbury pitchers helped limit the damage from Lakeville North in the win. Jack Horman started the game, with relievers Bradlee Felton and Nolan Glunz coming in to finish the win.
Legion coach Nick Kropidlowski said the Royals did not have any problem bouncing back in game two against Lakeville North.
“They showed up like every other game,” he said. “It’s just, shake it off and go win this one.”
Woodbury Blue will play Rosemount at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 21.East Ridge
After losing 4-2 to Rosemount in the first game of the tournament, East Ridge needed a comeback victory to defeat New Prague 7-6 on Thursday, July 20.
East Ridge trailed New Prague by as much as four runs heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. But East Ridge rallied to score two runs in three of the next four innings, including in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off 7-6 victory. Max Gamm scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.
East Ridge coach Aaron Rau hopes to see the bats produce more in the next games of the tournament.
“With our team, most of the year we could always rely on our offense,” Rau said. “And recently that’s been lacking a little bit. So I just kind of reminded them of how good they are capable of being offensively.”
East Ridge will next face St. Paul Park at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 21.