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A-B-E Legion runs out of offense in district playoffs

After the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville Legion Post 188 baseball team scored a combined 35 runs over its first two district tournament games, the offense ran out of steam in defeats to Osakis and New London-Spicer over the weekend.

After A-B-E won its first game against Glenwood 20-7, it defeated Clinton 15-4 on Thursday to set up a showdown with Osakis with a spot in the district’s final four on the line.

But Osakis starting pitcher Jordan Frederick shut down Post 188 on Saturday in a 12-0 loss, and their season ended the next day in a 6-2 defeat to New London-Spicer.

“Welcome to baseball,” head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “We scored 35 runs in the matter of nine innings on Tuesday and Thursday, and then we scored two in 14 innings on Saturday and Sunday.”

The A-B-E offense was hot through the first two games of the tournament, but it was unable to find that same level of production over the weekend. Hintermeister said much of that could be attributed to the noticeably stronger pitching that is around later in the tournament.

“A lot of that had to do with the pitchers we faced,” Hintermeister said. “We faced Jordan Frederick on Saturday; I don’t think anybody scores too many runs off him.”

New London-Spicer scored all six of its runs on Sunday in the first three innings off starting pitcher Tom Bosek. Brandon Christianson came in to only allow one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile the A-B-E offense struggled to score runs.

“We should have gotten New London-Spicer,” Hintermeister said. “I think we were comparable to them, and I think if we could have hit the ball a little better. I think we let one slip between our fingers on Sunday.”

The losses ended the A-B-E season after the strong start to the district tournament. Although Hintermeister wanted to see the team stay alive against New London-Spicer, he still was happy with many of the team’s achievements this season after finishing 9-6 overall.

“I think we had a good season,” he said. “We finished as the three seed in our district, which is nothing to gripe about. We finished behind two quality teams, and we ended up beating the two seed in the playoffs.”