Legion Baseball: Mountain Lake pitcher too crafty for Post 206 to handle
WINDOM -- Mountain Lake Post 389 came away with an 8-2 win Tuesday over Windom Legion Post 206 in the first game of the Sub-District B tournament thanks to the dominance of starting pitcher Andrew Hirsch, who allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out nine batters.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Andrew Hirsch. He is a very good pitcher and has a nice breaking ball," Post 206 coach Doug Kneeland said. "He kept us off balance with his pitches, and we couldn't take advantage of timely hits and timely at-bats."
Post 389 took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run single by Nathan Adrian. Windom's Sam Huska (3-for-3) picked up one of his three hits in the game in the bottom half of the inning to score Zach Bartosh from second and cut Mountain Lake's lead to one.
Mountain Lake took a commanding 5-1 lead in the top of the second after stringing together three hits, including an RBI triple by Alex Gerdes.
"I think that they were being aggressive on the first strikes and were jumping on the fastball coming down the middle. We have to learn to change that up a bit," Kneeland said. "They are an experienced group, especially more so with their pitching, than we are. We also have to make better decisions out in the field."
Hirsch picked up two strikeouts in the bottom of the second and only allowed one baserunner on one of only two walks in the game. Post 389 tacked on another run in the third on a wild pitch by Bartosh, who started the game on the mound for ed the game on the mound for Post 206. Bartosh was pulled two batters later in favor of Huska, who allowed a single before striking out the final batter to end the inning.
A strikeout and two pop outs allowed Hirsch to complete a one-two-three third inning and maintain Mountain Lake's 6-1 lead.
"We are going to come in and forget about this game," Kneeland said. "We'll need to work hard and tighten up our defense. We can't afford to give teams extra outs. Our pitchers didn't walk anyone today, but we did hit one batter."
Taylor Quiring took the mound in the fourth inning for Windom, allowing just a two-out single before getting out of the inning on a ground ball. Post 206 picked up its second run of the game in the fourth after a single by Jacob Johnson. However, Hirsch worked his way out of the inning with just the one run added to the scoreboard, striking out Jeff Pfeffer for the final out.
Both pitchers picked up one-two-three innings in the fifth, with Hirsch adding two strikeouts to his stat line while Quiring had one.
Quiring held Post 389 scoreless in the top of the sixth and Post 206 put three runners on the bases before Hirsch was able to get the final out in the bottom of the inning.
Mountain Lake increased its lead to six in the top of the seventh on a two-run inside-the-park home run by Adrian to put the game out of reach.
"We are a very young team playing at this level," Kneeland said. "You have to commend the nine kids that were playing tonight. Several of them are underclassmen and four of them were freshmen and sophomores to be."
With the loss, Windom moves on to the consolation bracket and will face the loser of the Springfield/Wabasso game on Thursday.
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M Lake 231 000 2 -- 8 12 0
Win 100 100 0 -- 2 6 2