Legion baseball: Hurley shines for Post 5
DAILY GLOBE ALEXANDRIA -- Summertime, and the livin' is uncertain. Well, it certainly isn't always easy for Minnesota's summer baseball teams, with players coming and going on family vacations, summer jobs and whatever else tickles young men's fa...
ALEXANDRIA -- Summertime, and the livin’ is uncertain.
Well, it certainly isn’t always easy for Minnesota’s summer baseball teams, with players coming and going on family vacations, summer jobs and whatever else tickles young men’s fancies outside of bats and balls. The Worthington American Legion Post 5 baseball outfit had already taken some knocks Saturday at the Alexandria Tournament, losing 13-0 to Rochester and 15-1 to host Alexandria before finally getting in the win column with a 5-3 win over Maple Grove. But on Sunday, their scheduled opponent forfeited, denying the Legionnaires the opportunity to win their second game in a row.
On the long ride back to Worthington, head coach Tim Gaul took the news philosophically.
“So I guess we are 2-2 on the weekend. Not the way we wanted to get a win,” he penned in an email message.
Post 5 did, however, make some good news for itself on the field Saturday. In the 5-3 victory over Maple Grove, Shawn Hurley -- in his first Legion appearance since taking some time off for a wrist problem -- pitched a complete game. He allowed only four hits.
“Shawn normally doesn’t like hot, humid weather, but it certainly didn’t affect him on Saturday,” said Gaul. “He threw about 115 pitches and still seemed to have gas left in the tank. He had excellent control all day, walking three and striking out two. Maple Grove is a very good team, and to see a guy come off the shelf and perform like that was very impressive.”
Brandon Veen was the leader at the plate, with two hits including a triple.
“We have been looking for that signature win against a big school and we got it. I believe we can play with anyone if we play like we did against Maple Grove,” Gaul said.
The first two games didn’t go as well.
Easton Sauerbrei started on the mound against Rochester but left in the second inning due to an injury in his throwing hand. He had been pitching well before the injury happened, said his coach.
Eli Gaul had two of Worthington’s five hits in the five-inning game.
Bryan Morales took the loss for Post 5 in the five-inning Alexandria game, which went sour early against an excellent hitting team that took advantage of walks and errors.
Alexandria hit well in all of its three games on Saturday, going 3-0.
Worthington will play at Adrian on Tuesday.
R H E
Rochester 027 13 -- 13 11 2
Worthington 000 00 -- 0 5 1
R H E
Worthington 100 00 -- 1 3 6
Alexandria 058 2x --15 11 1
R H E
Worthington 100 022 0 -- 5 8 0
Maple Grove 011 000 1 -- 3 4 3