Legion Baseball: Post 54 ends regular season
A narrow defeat on Tuesday and a big win on Thursday have Red Wing ready for the playoffs, which likely start Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Post 54 matched New Prague’s five hits, but were unable to score in a 3-0 loss. Jake Meyer, Peter Davig, Ryan Jonas, Jacob Duden and Austin Strand each had a hit for Red Wing.
Tate Kelly took the loss on the mound after New Prague scored three times in the second inning. Kelly gave up five hits, three walks and three earned runs.
“They got their three in the second, but other than that Tate shut them down,” said Red Wing head coach Justin Plein. “We had chances. In the second we had bases loaded with no out, and in the fifth the first two guys reached in the fifth. We just couldn’t get anything going.”
That changed on Thursday with a 7-2 victory over Faribault.
A four-run third inning was the difference. After Post 54 loaded the bases in the third, Davig, Cam Voigt, Jonas and Sam Palmatier walked in succession.
Palmatier threw four innings to get the win, giving up one earned run on five hits, four walks and three strikeouts. Thate Peterson and Voigt both doubled, while Dixon Irwin finished 2-for-3.
“Their guy was struggling,” Plein said, “but there were some close pitches that we were patient on. And we got everyone an at-bat before the playoffs.”
Seeding for the playoffs is today with Post 54 a likely No. 7 seed. If that happens, Red Wing would play at 5 p.m. Wednesday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.