Both Pierz and Little Falls Legion advanced on to day two action at their respective Legion baseball state tournaments, Saturday, July 30.
Pierz fell early yesterday to Glenwood-Lowry, who scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh,
marring what was a strong start from Lane Girtz. He scattered six hits, and pitched his way out of trouble. However, Pierz was only able to muster two hits of their own by Aaron Weber and Nick Herold.
Pierz got a chance at redemption, however, as the team was given a No. 4 seed and a shot at the title. That meant another match-up with Glenwood-Lowry.
It didn’t go the way Pierz wanted, as Glenwood won 8-3, despite two errors.
Pierz plays today at 11 a.m. in the third place game against the host Le Sueur-Henderson.
Little Falls Legion on the other hand had a great day, cruising through the losers bracket with a pair of wins to keep its tournament title hopes alive.
The Flyers began by eliminating Princeton in an 11-1, seven-inning contest Saturday morning.
AJ Jenks powered Little Falls Legion with three hits, four RBIs and a stellar pitching performance, allowing only four hits.
Little Falls moved on to take on Waconia in the next elimination contest in the early afternoon.
A four-run fourth inning turned out to be all the Flyers needed in a 5-4 victory. Hunter Swanson earned the win and Adam Hallberg tossed four strong innings of relief to earn a save.
Hallberg was also the leader on offense with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
The Flyers play their next elimination contest this morning against Wayzata.
Victory League playoffs
Four games made up day one of the Region 8C tournament yesterday in Pierz.
In game one the Lastrup Lakers outlasted St. Stephen 2-1 in 12 innings. Winning on a walk off walk.
Game two was won by the Buckman Billygoats who topped Avon 7-1. Mark Kahl clubbed a home run, as Jeremy Monson tossed a complete game for the win.
Ft. Ripley scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to beating Sobieski 13-7. Logan Kalis and Brett Kramer each hit dingers in the victory.
Lastly, in a game that didn’t start until almost 8:30 p.m., Nisswa topped Upsala, 8-3.