Winner Junior Legion defeated Hamlin 8-4 Thursday at Leahy Bowl.
On offense, Kameron Meiners was 1-2 with two walks and an RBI. Fred Whiting was 1-4 with 2 RBIs and Phil Jorgensen was 1-4 and scored three runs.
Joren Bruun started on the mound and pitched 5 inning giving up 3 hits and 1 earned run to go along with 6 strikeoutsKameron Meiners pitched the last 2 innings, allowing one hit and 3 runs (0 earned).
“Our pitchers did a nice job tonight, only allowing 4 hits total, but our defense really struggled and that allowed Hamlin to make it a game late,” said coach Kory Foss. “The errors we had were basic mistakes too, things you expect to improve upon as the season moves forward. These kids know how to field, and they know what they need to do in most situations, so it’s just a matter of putting it all together. We’re 7-2 now, but I don’t think we’ve played close to our best game yet, which tells me that this group has a lot of potential. Now we just need to get our offense and defense on the same page at the same time. So far, when the offense puts up runs the pitching seems to struggle, and vise-versa. We’re not to the halfway point of our season yet, so there is still plenty of time left, but you want to bring your best each time you step on that field,” said Foss.
Winner Junior Legion baseball team lost 5-4 to Wagner on June 12.
On offense, Fred Whiting ws 3-4 with 2 RBIs, Oscar Pravecek was 1-4 with an RBI.
Winner had six hits for the game.
Jacob Beckers started on the mound and pitched 4 1/3rd innings giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and had 6 strikeouts. Evan Farner and Fred Whiting finished the game on the hill in relief, neither giving up an earned run.
“Our offense had a hard time getting going,” said coach Kory Foss.
“After a 3-run, 3-hit 1st inning we only had 3 hits the rest of the way. I credit Wagner’s two pitchers who kept us off balance for the most part, with an effective combination of fastballs and off-speed pitches. We didn’t play particularly well in the field, and some basic mistakes led to 4 unearned runs.
“I thought all three of pitchers threw well and gave us a chance to win, we just didn’t capitalize on it. We led the entire game and had a 1 run lead with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, but a hard grounder to shortstop that could have ended the game took a nasty hop and the tying and winning runs scored from 2nd and 3rd when the ball kicked away. It’s a tough way to lose a ball game, but I told the kids we should have never been in that position in the first place, had we played a solid game on offense and defense.
“In the end, I think it’s a good learning situation for our players, as they hopefully discover that anyone can beat anyone on any given night if you don’t come ready to play your best. But we’ll be okay. We’ll bounce back,” said Foss.
Jr. Legion Nipped in Championship Game lost to Gregory 3-2
Joren Bruun 2 for 2 with an RBI and Fred Whiting 1 for 2 with a walk.
Kameron Meiners started on the mound and threw 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 10 hits while striking out 3.
Fred Whiting threw a scoreless 7th inning allowing no hits and striking out one
“We had played Gregory earlier in the year and beat them 9-7, but it was a tough game and we know they’re a solid ball club with some talented players, so it was going to be a good battle. It was close from the get-go as it was tied 2-2 in the 2nd inning. They got a run in the 4th off a couple of our miscues and that was it, neither of us could muster a run the rest of the way. Their guys did a nice job of shutting down our offense which has been putting up some runs recently. Kameron Meiners just battled on the hill for 6 innings for us, and I give him a lot of credit. He didn’t strike out a lot of guys or anything, but he made pitches when he needed to and gave us a chance to win,” said the coach.
“All-in-all, i think it was a great tournament for our kids. We won a big game on Saturday night and then had another close one in the championship game. That’s where you want to be in your home tourney I told the kids, playing in the championship game, and we were able to do that.”
The loss to Gregory was the team’s first loss on the season, as they move to 6-1 on the year.
Winner Junior Legion won by the score of 15-4 over Stanley County. Game ended in the 5th inning due to 10-run rule.
Phil Jorgensen was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s. Jesse Colson was 2 for 2 with an RBI. Eight different players had at least 1 hit in the game.
Evan Farner started on the mound and threw 2 scoreless innings striking out 3. Aaron Gilchrist and Phil Jorgensen both had scoreless relief appearances.
“We had a pretty good idea going into this one that Stanley County was going to be a bit shorthanded so it was one of those games where you want to try to keep the score at a respectable level while getting in as many of your own subs as possible. We came out and played well, scoring 10 runs in the first inning. From that point on we just wanted to get some game time for subs and we were able to do that so it was a nice way to start the tournament,” said coach Kory Foss.
Winner Junior Legion beat Parkston by a final of 8-7.
Phil Jorgensen was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s, Kameron Meiners was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Oscar Provecek was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Evan Farner was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.
Joren Bruun started on the hill and threw 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6. Jacob Beckers threw the last inning, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits.
“This was a fantastic game to be a part of,” said Foss. “Parkston is a very good ball club and we knew it was going to be a battle going in. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but we battled back to tie it in the bottom of the 6th. Parkston scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to take the lead and sent their ace out the mound to close down the game. We knew it was going to be a challenge against their guy, as he’s had some pretty big success at the high level this season, and really has a live arm. We put some guys on with a walk and a couple hustle plays and then Evan Farner had just a huge hit down the line that scored 2 runners and tied the game. We had the winning run on 3rd and Joren Bruun drove him in with a 2-out single up the middle for the walk-off win. It was really just a fun atmosphere as the crowd was into the game and the kids were fired up knowing it was a big win and that we did it against the toughest pitcher we’ve faced so far this year,” said Foss.