Legion baseball: Windom finally runs out of comebacks
SPRINGFIELD -- It was a wild finish. And it ended with a loss. And the Windom American Legion baseball team will not be moving on to the next round.
But, somehow, all that was secondary to Post 206 co-head coach Brad Schlomann Friday night. Since the whole Legion plan for the summer was to throw a bunch of inexperienced players together and have them learn the game, the summer was deemed a success nonetheless.
"What happened was, they really did a great job of playing without the seniors," Schlomann said after Post 206 lost an 11-8 contest to host Springfield late Friday on the final night of the Sub-District B tournament. "All summer long, they were just learning to play without the older guys. And they learned how to start working with each other."
How wild was it? On Thursday, Windom trailed Wabasso 9-1 before rallying to win 14-9. Then in the early game on Friday, that same Windom team trailed Mountain Lake 10-1 in the fourth inning before rallying to win 11-10.
In the game to decide which team would advance to the next tournament, Post 206 trailed Springfield 9-1 after two innings. Again, they fought back -- this time coming up just a little bit short.
Windom's big inning was the top of the sixth when it trimmed a 10-3 lead to 11-8. That's as far as the comeback kids could get, however.
Carter Erickson was the starting pitcher for Springfield and took the win. Zach Bartosh started for Windom and was lifted in the second inning in favor of Taylor Quiring, who kept Post 206 in the game with five solid innings.
Bryton Syverson hit a two-run double for Windom and finished the game with three hits and four RBI. Bartosh went 3-for-3 and Matt Theesfeld had a double to go along with two hits.
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Win 101 015 0 -- 8 11 1
Spr 451 100 x -- 11 15 0