By Tyler Ohmann
Noah Boser’s Sunday really began when the ball in his second at-bat of the Division II Legion State Championship game landed over the
right field fence.
Boser had just jacked his third dinger of the tournament, giving his team a 3-1 lead on its way to a Legion state title.
He drove in another run two innings later to add some insurance for Pierz, who would end up winning 5-1.
Boser was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after he went 9-for-13 with seven runs, eight RBIs and hit three home runs in four games.
However, that wouldn’t be the end of it.
After winning state and packing up, five Pierz Legion players had to hustle back to Pierz. They had another game to play.
Buckman was about to take on Ft. Ripley for a chance at an automatic bid to the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
Buckman manager Paul Oldakowski was not sure that the Legion players (Boser, Matt Kummet, Matt Tautges, Jack Suska and Alex and Thomas Funk)would make it, so he submitted two lineups.
Not only did Boser and his teammates make it there, but Boser also provided the heroics once again. In the 11th inning, Boser came up and ripped a base hit, driving his brother home from third base and breaking a 7-7 tie.
“Words can’t really describe after being outstanding player of the tournament, then going back to Pierz and getting the game-winning hit for the Goats,” Boser said. “It was just unbelievable.”
Boser had a chance to win it in the ninth, but grounded out to second base.
“On my first one, I honestly was trying to hit a walk-off home run, trying to be a hero,” Boser said. “My next at-bat I took a deep breath and told myself to not do too much, and that all you need is a base hit to win the game.”
“I was scared because I got down 0-2, and he had come with two straight curves and I thought, ‘Oh, he is going to come with curve again,” Boser said. “Sure enough he left one up and I just put the barrel on the ball and the rest is history.”
Unless another rushed ride home from the Central Plains Region in Wahpeton, N.D. happened, the Legion players were likely once again out of the Billygoats lineup in Saturday’s game against Avon.
However, thanks Boser’s heroics, it was a pretty easy decision where to go.
“It would have been tougher had we not had the automatic bid to state,” Boser said.
Boser gives his teammates credit for all his successes this summer.
“It’s been a fun summer, and my teammates have been big contributors all year long,” Boser said. “I get a lot of the credit, but more should go to them.”
In 12 Legion games, Boser batted .543 with five home runs, 19 RBIs and 19 runs scored.