Sports roundup from Tuesday, June 24
BLUE ANCHORS BASEBALL
St. Cloud 3, Alexandria 2
The St. Cloud Rox won on a walk-off winner on Tuesday night as Chris Paul drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Morgan Phillips for a 3-2 win.
The Blue Anchors led 2-0 after six and half innings before the Rox scored twice in the bottom of the seventh. That’s where the two teams stood going into the night when Seth Heck started the winning rally with a leadoff single.
The Blue Anchors’ Graylon Brown got two ground-ball outs in the next two at-bats, but three straight walks followed as he took the loss in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Ryan Busch had two hits and an RBI. Alexandria’s Ben Allen went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Jordan Lee upped his average to .404 in 52 at-bats with another two-hit night for Alexandria.
St. Cloud also turned the first tiple-play in its history during the sixth inning on Tuesday night on a play that was scored F4-6-3.
These two teams will play again tonight as St. Cloud comes to Knute Nelson Ballpark for a 6:35 first pitch.
Perham 4, Alexandria 3 (Game two); Perham 5, Alexandria 3 (Game one)
The Alexandria Legion baseball team got swept on the road against Perham on Tuesday night, falling short in two close games.
Perham took game two 4-3 after winning the opener by a 5-3 score. Alexandria tried to rally in the nightcap as they scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning. That came up one run short as Perham scored single runs in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings and made that hold up.
Alexandria struggled getting the big hit all night with runners in scoring position. Coach Jake Munsch said they had the bases loaded five times in the two games and scored just one run in those situations on a hit batter.
“Our starting pitching is doing really well keeping us in games and doing what we need to do,” Munsch said. “We simply need to get the big hits.”
Travis Krueger took the loss after five innings of work in the nightcap. Just one of the three runs he allowed was earned as he scattered three hits and seven walks, while striking out three. Micah Hedstrom pitched the sixth and gave up one run on three hits.
Krueger hasn’t pitched much in recent years but was willing to take the ball for Alexandria and kept his team in the game.
“For him to step up and help his team out is huge,” Munsch said. “We’re going to need guys to get out of their comfort zone and help their team, and he was an example of what we’re looking for. He’s not only doing well on the mound and on defense, he’s doing well at the plate too.”
Mitch Thompson and Kris Setterstrom both had two hits to lead the offense.
Grant Toivonen had three of Alexandria’s eight hits in the opener. That wasn’t quite enough as Perham scored three in the third and two more in the fourth before holding off a rally by Alexandria in the seventh inning where they pushed a run across.
Parker Bowden took the loss on the hill for Alexandria after allowing five runs on seven hits. He struck out four in four innings before Blake Stockert worked the final two frames and allowed just one hit. Stockert struck out two.
Alexandria is now 6-6 overall and 2-4 in league play.
Osakis 10, Clinton 9
The Osakis Legion baseball team improved to 4-0 on the summer with a 10-9 win over Clinton on Tuesday night.