Legion Lions open summer, rally past D-E


Carter Bratland manages to avoid the tag while stealing second base against Dover-Eyota as the senior Legion Lions opened with a 5-2 home win. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

The senior Legion season started with the Lions twice erasing one-run deficits, highlighted by a big four-run inning to turn away Dover-Eyota, 5-2. Younger Lions with gloves opened with splits against competition from across the river.

>>SENIOR LEGION

SG 5, DOVER-EYOTA 2

Five of the 10 Lion hits came during a four-run rally that first tied the score and then put Spring Grove ahead for the first time.

Alex Folz struck out nine Eagles and walked four while giving up only one earned run while pitching all seven innings for SG.

Both Dover-Eyota runs were scored by batters who walked. That first free pass, combined with a passed ball and a two-out error gave the Eagles a quick 1-0 lead.

Three Lion hits, including an RBI single from Isaac Griffin, tied the score in the second inning.

D-E quickly went back ahead 2-1 in the third as the Eagles put two hits together for the only time.

The Lions tied it again with a bases-loaded single by Nic Peterson. That would be the beginning of the end for the visitors as Chandler Bergrud dropped a bases-loaded double down the left field line. That was the lone extra-base blast of the evening.

Then, with runners on second and third, Noah Elton singled home Peterson to create what would later become the final 5-2 count.

The game ended with an unassisted double play at first base by a leaping Caden Grinde.

Elton, Bergrud and Peterson each batted 2 for 3 while lead-off Drew Wyffels went 2 for 4. Griffin and Folz completed the 10-hit attack. The five Lion runs were scored by five different players.

Legion games are slated for Monday and Thursday evenings. SG hosted Wabasha-Kellogg on Monday as the Herald was going to press. There is junior Legion (16U) game at home against Lanesboro on Thursday, June 14 at 4 p.m. just before the senior Legion contest at 7 p.m. versus Chatfield.  

D-E  101  000  0 - 2  4 0

SG   010  040  x - 5 10  3

LOB: D-E 6, SG 7

LION LINEUP: p Alex Folz, c Carter Bratland, 1b Kyle Hagen & Caden Grinde, 2b Payton Leahy & Caleb Nerstad, ss Nic Peterson, 3b Chandler Bergrud, lf Isaac Griffin, cf Drew Wyffels, rf Noah Elton, ph Toby Leahy

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>>13 UNDER

SG 11, SPARTA 1

The Lions took the opener with Logan Brumm contributing a pair of triples while batting 3 for 3. Nathan Solberg earned the pitching decision in relief.

Sparta 12, SG 8

The visitors took the second half of the double header despite 2 for 3 hitting by both Jaxon Strinmoen (2 stolen bases) and Dane Edgington (double). Other doubles came from Ty Cleven and Jacob Olerud.

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>>11 UNDER

HOLMEN 18, SG 3

The Tuesday night opener was all Viking visitors.

SG 6, WEST SALEM 5

On Thursday night in West Salem, Caleb Ranzenberger went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double. Trevor Donlan batted 1 for 2.

>>HOKAH TOURNEY

SG 4, LANESBORO 0

Zach Brumm pitched two scoreless innings, getting five of the six outs via strikeouts.

HOKAH 6, SG 3

Bryce Berns was effective on the mound, striking out three while allowing no hits and no runs. At the plate, Brumm went 1 for 2 with a run scored.

NEW ALBIN 6, SG 1

Ezra Griffin fanned six batters with no earned runs during three innings of work. Gabe Klug batted 1 for 2 with a double.

 

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