Legion Baseball: Post 54 left stranded in loss
Red Wing was able to get runners on base. The problem was, they couldn’t get the runners home.
Trying to knock off Lakeville North on Monday night, Post 54 left nine runners stranded on base – including seven combined in the third, fourth and fifth innings – in a 7-0 loss at the Red Wing Athletic Field.
“We had better approaches at the plate where we were giving (at-bats) away before,” said Red Wing head coach Justin Plain. “We just couldn’t get that big hit.”
For three innings, Red Wing starting pitcher Sam Palmatier and the Post 54 defense worked through Lakeville North’s lineup, with Palmatier facing just nine batters in the first three frames.
“Early on, Sam was great,” Plein said. “The first three innings, he faced the minimum amount of batters in that span.”
But Lakeville North, which finished the high school regular season as the top-ranked team in Class 3A, finally got the bats going. Thanks to a sacrifice fly by Angelo Altavilla and an RBI single by Cole Nonweiler put the visitors up 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning.
Post 54 had a golden opportunity to tie the game back up in the bottom half, with a leadoff single by Ryan Jonas and Cam Voigt reaching first after getting hit by a pitch. Then with one out, Corey Hawe walked, loading the bases.
Andrew Lancman and Jakob Meyer each had a crack at bringing home a run, but Lakeville North worked out of the bases-loaded jam to leave the fourth unscathed. Lakeville North would make Post 54 pay for not capitalizing with a three-run fifth inning.
Lakeville North’s 1-2-3-4 batters accounted for eight of the team’s 11 hits, led by leadoff batter AJ Sayer, who was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Matt Arnold and Nonweiler were each 2-for-4 in the victory.
Meanwhile, Red Wing pieced together just four hits among four different batters – Meyer, Peter Davig, Dixon Irwin and Jonas.
“We had plenty of chances,” Plein said, “we’re just struggling at the plate.”
At 2-10 overall, Red Wing faced Northfield for a doubleheader on Tuesday, followed by another doubleheader on Wednesday at Chanhassen.
Eagan1 2, Red Wing 0
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday, Red Wing had a chance to tie with Eagan1 with the first two hitters reaching base.
Then, a little bit of miscommunication killed Post 54’s momentum.
“We called a bunt and it went up in the air and we didn’t know if their guy caught it,” said Red Wing head coach Justin Plein. “The ump said he didn’t catch it. Our guys didn’t know what was going on, so they ended up getting a double play.”
With the threat eliminated, Eagan1 left the Red Wing Athletic Field with a 2-0 victory.
Five Red Wing players – Austin Strand, Jakob Meyer, Dixon Irwin, Thate Peterson and Andrew Lancman – each had a hit in the loss. Cody Leitner was charged with the loss.
Red Wing 9, Eagan2 5
On the road last week, Post 54 collected just their second win of the season, beating Eagan2 9-5.
Jumping ahead with a four-run second inning, Red Wing was led offensively by Dixon Irwin and Ryan Jonas, who each had three hits in the victory. Austin Strand and Tait Kelly each collected two hits for Post 54, while Sam Palmatier was awarded the victory on the mound.
Eastview 8, Red Wing 0
Held to just two hits, Red Wing could not crack Eastview in an 8-0 loss. Getting the only hits for Post 54 was Cam Voigt and Peter David.
On the bump, Cody Leitner was hit with the loss.