Legion Baseball: Offensive struggles continue for Post 54
After Chaska scored three times in the top of the first inning, it was up to Red Wing to answer, and answer quickly before things could possible get out of hand.
But, once again, Post 54’s bats stayed quiet as Chaska ran away with an 8-0 win in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Post 57 doubled up in the nightcap, taking a 2-1 victory over Red Wing.
Tait Kelly started the game for Post 54, and Chaska jumped all over him with three hits and three runs through the first six batters of the game.
Kelly settled down in the second, retiring Post 57 in order before an error and a triple resulted in two more Chaska runs in the third.
It took Post 57 until the seventh, and final, inning to get hit No. 5 after scoring five runs in the first three innings. But the seventh was a boon for Chaska as Post 57 chased Kelly after four singles scored three more runs.
“Tait threw well his first time throwing for us in Legion, other than those three innings,” said Red Wing head coach Justin Plein. “They jumped out right away … and then he settled down except for some unearned runs in the third. Other than that, he threw well.”
Kelly gave up eight runs (five earned) in 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out one. Zach Collins pitched to two batters in the seventh, getting both out.
Perhaps the bigger issue for Red Wing was its inability to get the offense in a groove. Jakob Meyer, Dixon Irwin, Kelly and Peter Davig each had a hit, but only Cam Voigt and Thate Peterson reached second base.
“We’ve gone two games now without scoring a run,” Plein said. “I think we just need to have confidence and good approaches at the plate. We just need one to get some confidence and then we’ll build off of that.”
In the second game, Jacob Duden took the loss after loading the bases in the sixth inning. Duden could only watch as Chaska scored the winning run on a passed ball after Cody Leitner had retired the first two batters he faced after replacing Duden.
Duden walked three batters, and struck out two, in his five innings of work. Austin Strand had a hit and scored a run on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning to get Post 54 on the board. Thate Peterson (single) and Kyle Hawe (double) each had a hit.
On Monday, Red Wing will host Northfield at 7:30 p.m., the beginning of a four-game week that includes a visit Tuesday to Hastings and home games against East Ridge on Wednesday and Prescott on Thursday.