Baseball roundup: Alexandria Post 87 goes 4-1 in Grand Rapids Tournament
Alexandria's Junior Legion Red team sits at 12-6 overall after weekend split in Marshall Tournament.
The Zimny Insurance American Legion Post 87 Alexandria baseball team added to its strong start to the summer with four more wins at the Grand Rapids Tournament this past weekend.
Alexandria (9-3-1) beat Duluth West 12-5 and Superior 6-3 on Saturday after a 7-1 win over Taconite and a 13-3 win over Anoka on Friday.
That 4-0 mark in pool play sent Post 87 to a game against Grand Rapids that Grand Rapids won by a 7-0 score. Alexandria had six hits in that final game but could not push a run across as Grand Rapids scored four in the seventh to open the game up.
JD Hennen had two hits and three RBIs, and Reed Reisdorf went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Alexandria over Duluth West. Devin Cimbura got the win on the mound after going four innings and allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks. He struck out four.
Post 87 got solid pitching through much of the weekend. Elijah Holthaus went five innings in getting the win over Superior. He scattered four hits and two walks, while striking out five and allowing three runs, one earned. Brock Lerfald had a double and two RBIs in that win, and Devan Swerman hit a solo home run.
Will Suchy was in control from the mound all game in the win over Taconite. Suchy tossed a three-hitter through seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight while allowing just the one run. Lake Hagen had a hit, two walks and two RBIs at the plate, and Cimbura and Lerfald both added an RBI.
Alexandria’s offense broke out with a 10-run fifth inning in the 13-3 win over Anoka to start the tournament. Post 87 had 14 hits. Three of those came from Reisdorf (3-4, BB, 1 run, 2 RBI). Swerman (1 run, 2 BB, 2 RBI), Hennen (2 runs, 2 RBI), Cimbura (1 run, 3 RBI) and Dayton Downing (2 runs, BB, RBI) all added two hits as well.
That offense made life easier for Hennen on the mound. He threw a complete game in the six-inning win. Hennen allowed two walks and just one hit while giving up three runs, one earned. He struck out five.
Alexandria is back at home on Tuesday night when Eden Prairie comes to Knute Nelson Memorial Ballpark for a 7 p.m. first pitch.
Junior Legion Red split in Marshall
Alexandria’s Soderholm Insurance and Oral Surgery Junior Legion Red baseball team (12-6) went 2-2 during its tournament in Marshall over the weekend.
Alexandria beat Elk River 3-0 and Bellevue East 18-5 around an 8-0 loss to Marshall and a 6-4 loss to Andover’s 16U team.
Grayson Grove is 6-0 with an ERA of 1.60 on the mound after he went six innings and allowed just three hits and three walks in the shutout of Elk River. Grove struck out three before Kyle Voyles and Caleb Gimbel combined to get the final three outs. Cameron Simon had a double and two RBIs to provide the offense.
Cameron Mercado, Ben Scott and Voyles all doubled in the 18-run outburst against Bellevue East as they combined for seven runs and eight RBIs. Voyles and Scott each drove in three, while Gage Castle added two runs and two RBIs, as well.
Mercado went 4 1/3 innings on the mound to get the win. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out two.
Marshall’s Ashton Rowe held Alexandria to just four hits. Brady Swensrud had two of those, and Grove and Mercado added singles as well. Swensrud took the loss in that game after allowing nine hits and six runs in two innings of work.
Andover’s Colin Anderson allowed 14 Alexandria hits, but he limited the damage done to just four runs in his team’s 6-4 win. Swensrud (.651 BA, 14 runs, 49 plate appearances) continued to hit the ball all over the park with a 4-for-4 game to go with an RBI. Carter Simonson, Walker Hennen and Mercado each had two hits.
Simonson got the start on the mound and went five innings. He allowed five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out seven.
Alexandria is in Moorhead on July 1 for a doubleheader that starts at 5 p.m.
Glenwood-Lowry drops first game of the summer
The New Ulm 18U Gold team handed Glenwood-Lowry (8-1) its first loss of the summer on June 25 in a 10-2 final.
New Ulm scored three in the first inning before adding three in the third and four in the fourth. They collected 10 hits against three Glenwood-Lowry pitchers. Torii Johnson threw three strong innings in relief for Glenwood-Lowry as he struck out six and allowed no runs.
Riley Johnson had two hits and two RBIs. Torii Johnson added two hits as well.