On Thursday the Winner Junior Legion team traveled to Onida for a double-header against Sully Buttes.
In game 1, Winner won 7-3.
Jacob Beckers started on the mound and threw 3 innings, allowing 1 run. Fred Whiting and Phil Jorgensen pitched in relief.
Offensively, Jesse Colsen had 2 hits and scored 2 runs. Beckers had a hit and a walk to go along with 2 runs scored. Tyler Olson, Bosten Morehart, Adam Cole all contributed hits as well.
In game two, Winner won 9-7.
Joren Bruun started on the hill and pitched 2 innings. Kameron Meiners, Evan Farner, and Phil Jorgensen all pitched in relief, as Winner worked with a strict pitch count in preparation for Sunday’s round-robin.
At the plate Colby Kaiser had a big night, going 3 for 5 with two home runs and 3 RBI’s said coach Kory Foss.
Fred Whiting was 3 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI’s as well. Oscar Pravecek, Farner, Jorgensen, and Meiners added hits as well.
“I saw a lot of good things in our two games in Onida, and it’s great to get out of there with two wins. At the same time, we struggled in certain areas and understand there’s always room for improvement. In the first game we got to start some guys who maybe haven’t gotten as much playing time at certain points, and I thought they really did a nice job. It’s one of the reasons I really appreciate having double-headers like this, because I know I can everyone involved. It’s not always easy having a roster of 17 and trying to work everyone into one 7-inning game while trying to find a way to win,” said the coach
Foss added: “The second game had a little bit of everything. We had a couple nice innings to start, but left the bases loaded in each of the first three innings. That’s happened often lately, where we fail to put a team away early and as a result end up in a close game at the end. We went into the 7th ahead 9-3 but they really made it a ballgame and it was more nerve wracking than it had to be.”
Sunday Winner defeated Wagner 6-3 at home.
Joren Bruun threw 6 2/3 innings on the mound. Kameron Meiners finished the game.
On offense Meiners had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Oscar Pravecek had 2 hit’s and an RBI. Fred Whiting also added a hit and RBI.
“Joren threw just a phenomenal game. Probably the best start we’ve had so far this year. He located his fastball well, and his curve had nice bite to it. He met his pitch limit with 2 outs in the 7th so Kameron came in to finish the game.
“We missed some plays in the field and had a couple mental lapses that led to a few runs and probably ran up Joren’s pitch count higher than it had to be. I told the kids the first 4 innings of this game was probably the best we’ve looked so far this year, they were crisp in the field, battled at the plate, and Joren was humming. But we struggled in the field after that, and it’s important for the kids to know if we’re going to win the big games at the end of the year when it really matters, we need to be sharp for all 7 innings, not 4 or 5,” said Foss
With the win Winner moved to 10-2 on the year.
The Junior Legion was supposed to play Stanley County later on Sunday night but it was cancelled due to the weather.
The next game is Wednesday (June 27) at Bennett County at 6 p.m. central.