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Sports roundup: Legion wins first three at Gopher Classic, Blue Anchors win

The Alexandria Legion baseball team is putting on a good showing at the Gopher Classic Tournament in Eagan this weekend after winning its first three games.

Alexandria beat Giant Valley 9-4 on Saturday after taking care of Eagan 6-2 and Stillwater 5-2 on Friday. Mitch Thompson, Grant Toivonen, Toby Helgeson and Parker Revering all had two hits against Giant Valley on Saturday and combined for 7 runs.

That was plenty for Parker Bowden. He went all seven innings on the mound and allowed four runs on six hits and no walks. He struck out three.

Alexandria used four runs in the fourth inning against Eagan to help secure its second win on Friday. Thompson went six innings for the win in that game as he scattered four hits and four walks but allowed just one run. Chris Leary worked the final frame and allowed a hit and a run before closing out the win.

Bowden and Casey Hammerback led the offense with two hits apiece. Thompson also went 1-for-3 and scored two runs.

Post 87 got a strong start from Blake Stockert in the tournament opening win over Stillwater. The lefty went all seven innings and tossed a three-hitter. He allowed just the one earned run and walked nobody, while striking out four.

Thompson and Bowden both went 3-for-3 at the plate. Helgeson was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Alexandria will play again today and is in good position to advance to Monday. The winners of each pool square off on Monday.


The Alexandria Blue Anchors snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday as they beat Thunder Bay 7-4 on the road.

Alexandria used a four-run seventh inning to build a lead that it never relinquished. Rickey Sanchez was 1-for-3 with three RBIs to help lead the offense. Cam Duzenack was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Spencer Koopmans gave Alexandria 5 2/3 solid innings to get the win. He allowed just one run on three hits and two walks. He struck out six. Kevin Walsh worked the ninth and allowed two hits but got out of the inning unscathed to secure the save.

The Blue Anchors are now 3-8 in the second half of the season. They will take on Thunder Bay again today with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch at Port Arthur Stadium.

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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