Alex Legion baseball coasts into title game
PERHAM — No. 4 Alexandria scored early and often to down upset-minded No. 7 Fergus Falls 15-3 in seven innings to advance undefeated to the finals of the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament.
“We’re hitting the ball well; we pounded out 17 hits,” Head Coach Jake Munsch said. “Fergus Falls came out with some intensity, a lot more than before and that shows a lot about them.”
Fergus Falls starter Zach Thunselle struggled with command early and issued five walks in the second inning. Cody McLaughlin, Casey Hammerback and Blake Stockert added singles to fuel six runs for a commanding Alexandria lead early.
Jared Christenson reached on an error and scored on a single by Josh Hanson to get Fergus on the board in the bottom of the second.
Alexandria scored in every inning but the first adding one in the third by McLaughlin and three in the fourth, capped by a two-run home run by McLaughlin to put Alexandria up 10-1.
Alex scored three in the fifth, one in the sixth and another in the seventh, a solo home run by Travis Krueger.
A 19 mph wind blowing out to left center made Krueger Field a launching pad Saturday in Perham.
Alexandria led 15-3 when Fergus Falls took their last at-bats in the seventh inning.
Noah Strom doubled and scored unearned for Fergus Falls’ second tally in the bottom of the third. Thunselle walked and scored on a Christenson RBI single in the fifth.
Alex starter Parker Bowden and Chris Leary combined to hold Fergus Falls to five hits. Bowden picked up the victory throwing five innings, allowing three runs, one earned. he walked two and fanned four. Leary faced seven batters in two innings of work.
Blake Stockert and Toby Helgeson had three RBIs each.
“We’ve still go our work cut out for us,” said Munsch. “We’ve got to get 27 outs and score some runs against a very good team - one of those two. Hopefully, we can do it.”
Due to home field being determined by coin flip, Alexandria was the away team.
Fergus Falls will play the No. 1 seed Moorhead Blues at 1 p.m., Sunday, for a shot at Alexandria in the championship game. Fergus Falls or Moorhead will have to defeat the defending champions twice. If necessary, a second title game will be played Monday at 6 p.m.
ALX 061 331 1 — 15 17 3
FER 011 010 0 — 3 5 2
ALX: Parker Bowden (WP), Chris Leary (6) and Mitch Thompson
FER: Zach Thunselle (LP), Alex Kurtz (4) and Noah Strom.
2-run HR: Cody McLaughlin ALX; HR: Travis Krueger ALX