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Alex Legion advances to championship bracket at Gopher Classic

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The Alexandria Legion baseball team went into the Gopher Classic Tournament in Eagan with a chance to prove itself against a loaded field and were in the midst of doing that with the event still going on Monday.

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Alexandria advanced to the single-elimination championship round of the event that features just 16 teams. The Gopher Classic is the largest American Legion tournament in the United States with a total of 96 teams competing at 16 different sites around the Twin Cities metro area.

Post 87 won its pool with a 4-0 record through Sunday. Alexandria beat West Fargo 5-4 on Sunday to wrap up pool play after beating Giant Valley (9-4), Eagan (6-2) and Stillwater (5-2) on Friday and Saturday. Alexandria was on a 12-game winning streak after the four wins over the weekend.

“We’re playing really well,” head coach Jake Munsch said before his team got set to play on Monday. “We are getting good pitching but not with many strikeouts. I think our defense has only had maybe three errors, so we’re playing good defense. We’ve pitched really well and gotten timely hits.”

Alexandria used a four-run fifth inning to secure the win over West Fargo on Sunday. Mitch Thompson and Grant Toivonen both had two hits and combined to score three runs. Travis Krueger went 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits and three walks. Chris Leary tossed 1 1/3 innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk, while fanning one.

Alexandria was scheduled to take on a team from Ohio to open up the single-elimination format of the tournament on Monday.

GAME STATISTICS

THROUGH FIRST FOUR GAMES

ALEXANDRIA     100 04 – 5

WEST FARGO     010 21 – 4

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Travis Krueger – 3 2/3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 0SO; Chris Leary – 1 1/3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 1SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Thompson – 2-3, 1 run; Toivonen – 2-2, BB, 2 runs; Helgeson – 1-2, BB; Kris Setterstrom – 0-2; Revering – 0-2; Bowden – 1-2, 1 run; Hammerback – 1-3; Leary – 0-1; Krueger – 1-3; Cody McLaughlin – 1-3

ALEXANDRIA     000 230 4 – 9

GIANT VALLEY     000 400 0 – 4

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Bowden – 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Thompson – 2-4, 1 run; Toivonen – 2-4, 1 run; Helgeson – 2-2, 2 runs, BB; Spencer Lucas – 1-3; Setterstrom – 1-4, 1 run; Revering – 2-3, 3 runs; Bowden – 0-1; Hammerback – 1-4, BB; Krueger – 2-4, 1 run; McLaughlin – 0-2

ALEXANDRIA     010 401 0 – 6

EAGAN             010 000 1 – 2

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Thompson – 6IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 1SO; Leary – 1IP, 1H, 1ER, 0BB, 1SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Thompson – 1-3, BB, 2 runs; Toivonen – 0-4; Helgeson – 1-3; Lucas – 0-2; Setterstrom – 0-3, 1 run; Revering – 1-4, 1 run; Bowden – 2-3; Hammerback – 2-2, 1 run; Krueger – 0-2, BB

ALEXANDRIA     101 001 2 – 5

STILLWARTER    010 000 1 – 2

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Stockert – 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Thompson – 3-3; Toivonen – 1-4; Helgeson – 1-3, BB, 2 runs; Setterstrom – 1-4, 1 run; Revering – 0-4; Bowden – 3-3; Hammerback – 0-2; Krueger – 1-2, 1 BB; McLaughlin – 0-4

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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