The Legion had a gauntlet of games last week, in preparation for the playoffs. On Tuesday, they played a double header against Canby. Granite won the first game 6-2, with Tommy Lindstrom on the mound. He threw nine strikeouts, three walks, four hits, and two runs. In the second game, the Legion won 12-2. Notably, Ethan Peterson hit a home run that put two on the board. Dalton Anderson pitched five innings before the 10 run rule came into effect. He threw 10 strikeouts, two walks, two hits, and two runs.

Coach Richter reported, “We played well tonight. Tom and Dalton Anderson did a great job on the mound for us, and our bats really came alive in game 2. We finished with 11 hits in game 2, and Ethan Peterson hit a big 2 run HR. We played pretty good defensively, and with playoffs coming next week, hopefully we can keep it rolling.”

Tuesday, July 10

Game 1: Granite Falls 6 – Canby 2

Hitting: Bennett Knapper: 2 – 4, Rbi

Jordan Odegard: 2 – 4, 2B, Rbi

Angel Jimenez: 1 – 4, 2 Rbi’s

Pitching:

Tom Lindstrom: (W) 7 innings, 9 K’s, 3 walks, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned

Game 2: Granite Falls 12 – Canby 2

Hitting:

Jordan Odegard: 1 – 2, 3B, Rbi

Bennett Knapper: 2 – 3, Rbi

Ayden Friese: 2 – 3, Rbi

Ethan Peterson: 2 – 2, HR, 3 Rbi’s

Carter Sneller: 2 – 2, 2B, Rbi

Cole Richter: 1 – 3, Rbi

Austin Friese: 1 – 1

Pitching:

Dalton Anderson: (W) 5 innings, 10 K’s, 2 walks, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned

On Wednesday, the Legion played Sacred Heart. Granite won a closer game, 3-0. Coach Richter reported, “Brandon Schmidt pitched a heck of a game tonight, and he helped himself out at the plate going 2 – 4 with 2 Rbi’s. Bennett had a good night at the plate again going 3 – 4. We played solid defense the whole game, and it was a well played game by both teams.”

Wednesday, July 11 Granite Falls 3 – Sacred Heart / MACCRAY 0

Hitting:

Bennett Knapper: 3 – 4

Asa Ulferts: 1 – 4, 2B, Rbi

Brandon Schmidt: 2 – 4, 2B, 2 Rbi’s

Carter Sneller: 1 – 2

Pitching:

Brandon Schmidt: (W) 7 innings, 7 K’s, 2 walks, 5 hits, 0 runs

On Thursday, the Legion played Madison. The Legion started off well, getting two outs. Madison got two runners on, and a fielding error gave the runner an opening to score. Granite pitcher Bennet Knapper walked a batter to load the bases, but struck out the next batter in just three pitches.

In the bottom of the 1st, Jordan Odegard hit a single and stole 2nd. Knapper hit a single. Brandon Schmidt hit a single and was thrown out at 1st, but Odegard had enough of an opening to score at home. Both teams played incredibly tight defense for the next handful of innings. Neither team got more than one or two successful hits an inning. The Legion got close to scoring in the bottom of the 3rd, but Odegard got caught trying to steal 3rd.

In the bottom of the 5th, Granite managed to break through. Odegard successfully stole 3rd, and Knapper was on 2nd. Ethan Peterson hit a single to score a run. Angel Jimenez hit a double to score another run. Austin Friese hit a double and scored a 3rd run for the team. Carter Sneller hit a single, so Friese got home. The right fielder overthrew so Sneller got to 2nd. Asa Ulferts was thrown out at 1st, ending the streak with the Legion up 5-1.

Madison put runners on 1st and 3rd in the top of the 6th. The next batter hit a single, scoring a run. Schmidt caught a hit in right field to end the inning. Odegard came to the mound to close in the top of the 7th. The Legion defense shut down Madison, winning 5-2.

Coach Richter reported, “They boys played another good game tonight. I told them at our practice on Monday that we needed to probably win all our games this week to get out of the play-in game, and they answered the bell! Benny pitched well, got himself in a couple jams, but had a couple big strikeouts to get out of them. Jordan had a huge night going 3-3, three stolen bases, scored twice, made a couple great plays in Center, and came in to get the save. We had a great week of baseball, and with playoffs starting on Friday, July 20th, I hope we can continue playing at a high level.”

Thursday, July 12 Granite Falls 5 – Madison 2

Hitting:

Jordan Odegard: 3 – 3, 3 SB’s

Bennett Knapper: 2 – 4

Brandon Schmidt: 1 – 3, 2 Rbi’s

Ethan Peterson: 2 – 4, Rbi

Angel Jimenez: 1 – 3, Rbi, 2B

Austin Friese: 1 – 2, 2B

Carter Sneller: 2 – 3, Rbi

Pitching:

Bennett Knapper: (W) 6 innings, 7 K’s, 6 walks, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned

Jordan Odegard: (SV) 1 inning

The Legion had one last game Monday night. Kerkhoven managed two runs. Granite didn’t get much going on the plate, they lost 0-2. Coach Richter reported, “Both Asa and Angel pitched well tonight, we had a solid game defensively, but we just couldn’t get our bats going. This was our last game before we start playoffs, and we will be ready to go on Friday. We had a good week of baseball last week, and we ended up getting the #1 seed for our sub-district playoff tournament. We have some good depth at pitching, so I am hoping we can make deep run in our playoffs.”

Monday, July 16 Granite Falls 0 – Kerkhoven 2

Hitting:

Angel Jimenez: 1 – 3

Tate Schulte: 1 – 1

Pitching:

Asa Ulferts: (L) 3 innings, 4 K’s, 2 walks, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned

Angel Jimenez: 3 innings, 2 K’s, 2 walks, 1 hit