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Losing streak reaches five games for Legion

Alexandria’s Mitch Thompson throws during a high school game against St. Michael-Albertville on June 3. Thompson took the loss in game two at Bemidji as the Alexandria Legion team fell to 6-8. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Alexandria Legion baseball team continued to search for hits in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Bemidji last Thursday night.

Alexandria traveled north and came home with 4-1 and 7-3 losses that ran a recent losing streak to five games. In the nightcap, Bemidji’s Ryan Hirt stepped onto the mound and allowed only two runs and one hit over four innings. Cody Anderson relieved in the fifth and completed the one-hitter as Bemidji secured the 7-3 win.

“There were a couple walks, couple hit batters and we scored some runs on errors on Bemidji,” coach Jake Munsch said. “It was kind of the same story [as previous games]. We had a situation in that Bemidji game tied 1-1 where we had runners on second and third two outs and we strike out looking. I’m still hopeful things will turn around. Like I said, we get a couple hits in all these games we’re 12-2 and not 6-8.”

Cody McLaughlin had Alexandria’s only hit in the nightcap. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Mitch Thompson took the loss on the mound. Thompson went 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs, five earned, on five hits and three walks. He struck out three.

“I think defensively and pitching-wise we’re doing well,” coach Jake Munsch said. “Offensively if we come around we’re going to be tough to beat. We faced their two best pitchers, but we can’t expect to play perfect baseball in the field. Basically, we had one error that cost us a game.”

Dan Kuhn gave Alexandria 5 1/3 solid innings in game one but took the loss. He gave up four runs, one earned, on just two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Grant Hockert went the final 1 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a hit.

It took Bemidji four innings to solve Kuhn, but their bats eventually came to life. Hirt’s walk to open the home fifth sparked Bemidji to four runs in its final two at-bats and that late surge was enough to secure the win at the BSU diamond.

Bemidji’s Collin Rutledge blanked Alexandria during the first three innings. The visitors, however, turned a double and a single into a 1-0 lead in the upper fourth. That run proved to be the lone blemish on Rutledge’s outing as the lefty finished with a four-hitter. He struck out 10 and walked only two.

It was the end of a long week on the road for Alexandria. They played in the Grant Rapids tournament from June 20-22 before traveling to Perham last Tuesday and Bemidji on Wednesday for doubleheaders both nights.

Alexandria was supposed to go to Nisswa to play a doubleheader against Brainerd this past Friday but postponed that to July 18.

“I just thought we needed a little bit of time to refresh and get some extended hitting,” Munsch said.

Alexandria had its first home game since June 12 on Tuesday night in a doubleheader against Detroit Lakes. They were trying to get going heading into the annual Fourth of July tournament at Knute Nelson Ballpark in town.


The Alexandria Legion baseball team is hosting its annual Fourth of July Tournament this weekend with games starting on Friday and running through Sunday at Knute Nelson Ballpark.

Six teams will compete for the tournament title as Alexandria, North St. Paul and Glenwood-Lowry will play in Pool A. Oakdale, Worthington and Osakis make up Pool B.

Alexandria’s first game will be on Friday night at 5 against Glenwood-Lowry. They will play immediately after that again with an approximately 7:30 first pitch against Oakdale. Alexandria will then play at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday against North St. Paul.

Osakis got off to a 5-0 start to the summer season and will play Worthington on Friday to open up the tournament. They will then play at 9:30 a.m. against Glenwood-Lowry on Saturday and again at noon against Oakdale.

A full schedule of the tournament is listed below.


FRIDAY, JULY 4 – Noon – Worthington vs. Osakis; 2:30 – Glenwood-Lowry vs. North St. Paul; 5:00 – Alexandria vs. Glenwood-Lowry; 7:30 – Alexandria vs. Oakdale

SATURDAY, JULY 5 – 9:30 a.m. – Osakis vs. Glenwood-Lowry; Noon – Oakdale vs. Osakis; 2:30 p.m. – Worthington vs. Oakdale; 5 – North St. Paul vs. Worthington; 7:30 – Alexandria vs. North St. Paul

SUNDAY, JULY 6 – 9:30 a.m. – Pool A third-place finisher vs. Pool B third-place finisher; Noon – Pool A second-place team vs. Pool B second-place team; 2:30 p.m. – Pool A champion vs. Pool B champion

(Pat Miller of the Bemidji Pioneer also contributed to this story)


ALEXANDRIA 101 001 0 – 3

BEMIDJI 030 400 0 – 7

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Thompson – L, 4 2/3IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 3BB, 3SO; Chris Leary – 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO; Hockert – 1/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Thompson – 0-3, BB; Grant Toivonen – 0-1; Kris Setterstrom – 0-3; Parker Revering – 0-3; Parker Bowden – 0-2; Kuhn – 0-3; Casey Hammerback – 0-3, BB, 1 run; Leary – 0-1; Cody Weisel – BB; Travis Krueger – 0-2, 2 BB; Cody McLaughlin – 1-3, 1 run

ALEXANDRIA 001 000 0 – 1

BEMIDJI 000 130 0 – 4

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Kuhn – L, 5 1/3IP, 2H, 4R, 1ER, 1BB, 2SO; Hockert – 1 2/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Thompson – 1-3, 1 run; Toivonen – 0-2, BB; Toby Helgeson – 0-2; Setterstrom – 0-3; Revering – 0-3; Parker Bowden – 0-2; Hammerback – 2-3, BB; Brody Erdman – 0-1; Leary – 0-1, BB; Krueger – 1-3; McLaughlin – 0-1

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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