Baseball: Alexandria Post 87 team overcomes slow start to sweep Bemidji in Legion League doubles – Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria Post 87 baseball team trailed for most of Game 1 of their Minnesota American Legion doubleheader against the Bemidji Centaurs, but had a chance to change that late in the seventh with goals. loaded and only one removed.

At the plate was catcher Lake Hagen, who hit a two-RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at five. Hagen’s game at bat in the seventh was important and he was on his feet which allowed Caleb Runge to score and tie the game.

With the game tied and Grady Anderson at the plate, JD Hennen escaped for home on a passed fly ball (marked as a wild pitch) and scored the winning run for Alexandria.

“When you’re in that position, you’re just looking for a passed ball that you can score on,” Hennen said. “I arrived on base and was looking for a passed ball or a hit to score.”

Alexandria’s JD Hennen celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winner in a 7-6 game against the Bemidji Centaurs on June 21, 2022. Alexandria Post 87 opened the season with a sweep.

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With the momentum late in Game 1, Alexandria (2-0) scored four runs in the first inning of Game 2 and won 5-2.

Alexandria head coach Jake Munsch said the Game 1 win was an example of the team fighting through adversity.

“I think it was just a continuation of not letting adversity get to us,” Munsch said. “We just kept our composure, kept throwing strikes, making plays and we had timely hits.”

Bemidji is now 6-3-1 this season with Tuesday’s losses.

In Game 1, Spencer Schmidt took the mound victory for Alexandria after coming on to replace starter Will Suchy in the fourth inning.

Nick Levasseur took the mound victory for Alexandria in Game 2 with two strikeouts in four innings pitched.

The Alexandria baseball program is coming off a successful run at the Class AAA MSHSL State Tournament, where it finished third and its only loss came in the semifinals by a run to Mankato West.

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Alexandria Post 87’s Wyatt Mohr throws the ball from second base to first for an out in a game against the Bemidji Centaurs on June 21, 2022. Alexandria started the Legion season with a sweep on Bemidji.

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“It was nice to start the summer off with some wins,” Munsch said. “It was really nice to have a bunch of new guys in the game; the guys who did a very, very good job. That’s kind of what this summer is going to be like. Bemidji are a very good team and it was really nice to come in and keep the momentum going.

Building on that run of state tournaments, Munsch said the program is about getting more players to have different types of experience.

“It’s kind of more about developing our high school players next year and making sure we give people as many appearances as possible,” Munsch said. “It does not in any way mean equal playing time [for everyone] or something like that. It’s more of an opportunity for them to play. It’s a bit like what we did here against Bemidji. With that, guys are going to have to play different positions just to allow us to do that, and we’ve had several guys in positions they haven’t even played.

One such player the program is looking to develop even more this summer is junior Augie Gulbranson, who played first base on Tuesday and played a major role in Alexandria’s third inning in Game 1. Gulbranson kicked the bats off with an RBI brace in the inning.

“He did a really good job,” Munsch said of Gulbranson. “He did a really good job during his high school season being patient and biding his time. He accepted his role and he came in to play in both games and get multiple hits.

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Alexandria Post 87’s Augie Gulbranson (left) had three hits on a double sweep against the Bemidji Centaurs on June 21, 2022. Alexandria now started legion league play with a 2-0 record .

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Gulbranson and Hennen had two hits and Gulbranson had three total hits on the night while Hennen had three.

“They gave me a first strike most of the time and I took advantage of it,” Gulbranson said.

Going forward, Munsch said Gulbranson and many others will compete for different positions on the team.

“There is going to be a battle for all positions,” Munsch said. This summer is going to be a great opportunity for these kids to show off their skills and give us one last look before moving on to next spring. He (Gulbranson) was a great example of that (demonstrating skills). »

Devin Cimbura led Alexandria in hits in Game 2 with two.

Gulbranson’s goals for the summer are simple, do what we can to improve and help the team move forward.

“I just want to focus on prepping and prepping districts when it happens (this summer) and then hopefully do another run at the state like we did during the school season,” Gulbranson said.

Hennen is also focused on team goals before heading to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the fall where he will play baseball.

“We’ve got a really good team coming off of a third-place finish in the state,” Hennen said. “I think we have a very good team coming back this summer. I think we can compete with a lot of big players and some of the big tournaments we play in, like the Gopher Classic. I think we have a very good chance of doing something good as a team. As for me personally, I’m just making sure I’m playing solid and getting ready for college next year.

Alexandria are on the road to Marshall for a Friday-Sunday tournament and will be home June 28 for a doubleheader against Moorhead.

Centaurs Bemidji – 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 – 6 11 2

Alexandria Post 87 – 0 0 3 0 2 0 2 – 7 10 1

ALEXANDRIE PITCHING – Will Suchy – 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 SO, 3 BB; Spencer Schmidt – W – 4 IP, 5 H, 1 SO, 1 R, 1 ER

ALEXANDRIA HITTING – Jaxon Schoenrock, 1-4, RBI; Wyatt Mohr, 1-4, RBI; Caleb Runge, 1-4; JD Hennen, 2-4; Lake Hagen, 1-3, 3 RBIs; Grady Anderson, 0-3; Augie Gulbranson, 2-3, 1 RBI; Matthew Hornstein, 1-3;

BEMIDJI PITCHING – Ethan Biehn – L – 7 IP, 2 BB, 7 SO, 10 H, 5 ER, 7 R

Centaurs Bemidji – 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 2 6 3

Alexandria post 87 – 4 0 0 1 0 0 X – 5 6 4

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Nick Levasseur – W – 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 SO, 3 BB; Wyatt Mohr – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 SO, 1 BB

STRIKING ALEXANDRIA – Reed Reisdorf, 1-4; Brock Lerfald, 1-3; Caleb Runge, 0-1; JD Hennen, 0-3; Nate Hammerback, 0-2; Augie Gulbranson, 1-3; Devin Cimbura, 2-3, RBI; Grady Anderson, 0-2; Spencer Schmidt, 0-1; Cole Vatsnald, 1-3, RBI

BEMIDJI PITCHING – Ty Lundeen – L – 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB

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