Legion goes to 3-0 versus Wabasha-Kellogg, Chatfield

Elijah Solum tags out Hokah runner Nick Wieser during 8-4 Little League win. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

The Legion Lions (3-0) avenged a high school playoff loss to Wabasha-Kellogg and three days later added another two-run home win against Chatfield.

The Junior Legion opened with a win over Lanesboro while the 13 & under Lions opened Little League play with convincing victories versus Mabel and Hokah.


It was a satisfying win over the team and pitcher that ended the high school season in the sub-section tournament opener. Wabasha-Kellogg had gone on to section as the sub-section runner-up but managed only one run off Carter Bratland in the June 11 Legion rematch.

The Lions improved to 3-0 with a June 14 win over Class AA Chatfield. Both games were at Blayne Onsgard Memorial Field.

SG hosted Plainview-Elgin-Millville as this issue was going to press on Monday. The boys play at Lewiston-Altura on Thursday, June 21 (6 p.m.)

SG 3, W-K 1

Bratland tossed a three-hitter while striking out 15 and walking only three. A lead-off walk, single and Lion error allowed the Falcons to take a 1-0 lead before the game's first out.

Alex Folz, the Lions' first batter reached on an error and scored on a ground out to quickly tie the score in the bottom of the first.

A walk to Folz, a passed ball, an error and then a single by Nic Peterson scored the go-ahead and eventual two winning runs in the bottom of the third.

Payton Leahy batted 2 for 2 while Peterson went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Noah Elton had the fifth Lion hit and also had the defensive play of the day in right field, throwing out a runner at third base.

Just having graduated Cooper Holtorf took the pitching loss despite striking out 10, walking only three and allowing only one earned run. One of those walks and two errors led to the loss for the visitors.

W-K  100  000  0 - 1  3 2

SG    102  000  x - 3  5 1

LOB: W-K 7, SG 7

WP-Bratland, LP-Holtorf

Bratland 7 IP, 3H, 1R, 0 ER, 15K, 3W

Holtorf 6 IP, 5H, 3R,1ER,10K, 3W, 1HB

SG 5, Chatfield 3

Five of the eight total runs were scored in the first inning. A lead-off single and RBI double from Chandler Bergrud scored the go-ahead tally for SG in the bottom of the third.

Folz and Kyle Hagen each hit 2 for 3. Other doubles came from Elton and Payton Leahy. Toby Leahy supplied the eighth Lion base hit.

Folz was credited with the win with four innings in relief while fanning nine and walking four. One big strikeout came with two outs and the tying run on third base in the sixth.

In the next and final frame, Chatfield had the tying runs on base when the game ended with Folz's third strikeout of the inning. 

The visitors were only able to put two hits together once while taking a quick 2-0 lead in the first.

Ch  210  000  0 - 3  5 2

SG  301  001  x - 5  8 3    

LOB: Ch 10, SG 8

WP-Folz, LP-Allen

Bergrud 3 IP, 3H,3R,3ER,2K,3W, 1HB

Folz 4 IP, 2H, 0R, 9K, 4W

Allen 5.1 IP, 8H, 5R, 1ER, 2K, 2W

Goldsmith 1.2 IP, 0H, 0R, 0K, 1W



SG 15, Lanesboro 7 

The first game on Thursday evening was a Junior Legion conquest of Lanesboro. Seven different Lions each had two base hits - Bratland (double, RBI), Bergrud (double, 2 RBIs), Payton Leahy (3 RBIs), Hagen (RBI), Isaac Griffin (RBI), Caleb Nerstad (RBI) and Caden Grinde (RBI).

Griffin earned the decision after five frames on the mound with 5 strikeouts. Nerstad fanned another three in two innings of relief.

Lb  103  020  1 - 7   11 5

SG  514  005  x -15  14 2

LOB: Lb 7, SG 5

WP-Griffin, LP- Cale Anderson

Griffin 5 IP, 10H, 6R, 3ER, 5K, 2W

Nerstad 2 IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3K, 2W


13 & UNDER

Even with four of the veteran players away at church camp, the League Little Lions had no trouble while sweeping the daytime schedule at home versus Mabel on June 12 and at Hokah on June 15.

SG 11, Mabel 0

Ty Cleven pitched the no-hitter, striking out 10 and walking only four.

Jaxon Strinmoen went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and an RBI single while scoring three runs himself. He was the only SG batter not to have drawn a walk.

The only other Lion hit was a 2-RBI home run by Elijah Solum. 

SG 17, Mabel 11

Eleven runs were not enough in the second, non-league game.

SG 8, Hokah 4

The play of the day was a superb diving catch in left field by Caleb Ranzenberger with the bases loaded.

At the plate, Ranzenberger and Jonah Udstuen (2 RBIs) each batted 2 for 2 along with an RBI-triple by Logan Brumm and a double by Solum (2 RBIs). Other base hits came from Strinmoen and Isaac Nerstad.

Brumm was the winning pitcher with Udstuen appearing in relief.

With two runs in the first inning and four in the second, the Lions led throughout - up 7-0 before Hokah scored in the third inning.

SG played without any errors and out-hit their hosts 8 to 5.

SG 15, Hokah 3

In the second, non-league game, Jacob Olerud pitched a one-hitter, getting all 12 outs via strikeouts with only 4 walks.

Olerud also enjoyed a great game with the bat, going 4 for 4 with a double while driving in 5 runs and scoring 3 himself.

Strinmoen and Ranzenberger each went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Ezra Griffin batted 2 for 4 with a double. 

Also contributing to the 14-hit attack were Nerstad, Solum, Cleven and Gabe Klug.


11 & UNDER

The 11 and under Lions (3-4) split a pair of games last week with the home team taking both contests.

Shelby 17, SG 8

One highlight for the Lions was a triple by Brice Berns.

SG 11, La Crescent 10

Spring Grove edged the visiting Lancers in a high scoring game that featured two triples from the bat of Zach Brumm.