The Granite Legion team competed in playoffs this weekend. They were ranked seed #1, and started their first game against Kerkhoven, who had broken the team’s winning streak Tuesday night. Tommy Lindstrom started off pitching.
In the top of the 2nd, 2nd baseman Nick Lindstrom fielded a ball and threw it to 1st baseman Cole Richter’s feet, so the runner was safe. Shortstop Bennet Knapper dropped a ball when covering 2nd, getting another runner on base. The next batter bunted to load the bases. Nick Lindstrom stumbled during the next hit, so a runner scored. Tommy Lindstrom walked two batters, scoring another two runs. The next batter hit a single to score another run. Tommy Lindstrom fielded the next hit to home to prevent the run from scoring. Knapper fielded the ball to 1st for the 3rd out, putting the Legion down 0-4.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Austin Friese was thrown out at 1st. Then Kerkoven pulled out a double play. Carter Sneller hit the ball to center field, who threw the ball to 2nd to get Angel Jimenez out, with enough time to throw Sneller out at 1st. In the top of the 3rd, Kerkhoven put two runners on base. Lindstrom struck out a batter trying to bunt. Richter missed a throw to 1st, letting a runner score. The next batter hit a single to left field for another run. Nick Lindstrom threw a batter out at 1st, but a third run scored, putting the Legion down 0-7.
Jordan Odegard took over pitching in the top of the 4th. The Legion defense was able to shake off the first few innings and significantly stepped up their defense. 3rd baseman Jimenez made a phenomenal dive to snag a hit. Brandon Schmidt and Cole Richter both caught fly balls hit to left field. In the top of the 5th, Jimenez made a huge vertical leap to catch a throw, but got his foot back down to the base in time for the out. The Legion couldn’t get a hit despite their best efforts. They finished the bottom of the 7th still down 0-7.
On Saturday they played Montevideo. The Legion had a few errors in the early innings, but managed to prevent Monte from scoring. In the bottom of the 4th, Knapper hit a single, and had to repeatedly dive back to 1st when the pitcher kept trying to throw him out. He did manage to get to 2nd when Brandon Schmidt bunted, and stole 3rd. Angel Jimenez hit the ball to center field. It was caught, but Knapper had time to get home, putting the Kilowatts up 1-0.
In the top of the 5th, Montevideo loaded the bases through bunting again. The next batter got beaned in the leg to score a run. The next batter hit a single to score another run. Then Brandon Schmidt threw the next hit home. Austin Friese tagged the plate for a force out, then threw it to first for a double play. The Legion was down 1-2.
In the top of the 6th, the first Montevideo batter ran on a dropped 3rd strike. Friese threw the ball to first but Richter dropped it. Richter grabbed the ball when the next batter bunted, Nick Lindstrom covered 1st for the out. Shortly after, he initiated a double play. He threw the ball to 2nd for a force out, then Knapper got the ball to 1st to close the inning.
In the top of the 7th, the Legion got two outs before Montevideo got a runner on 2nd. The next batter cracked the ball into center field, giving him time to get to 2nd, and the other runner time to get home. Odegard struck out the next batter. The Legion were down 1-3. Granite couldn’t get any offense going in the bottom of the 7th.
Coach Richter reported, “We did not bring our bats this weekend, and did not play our best baseball. We had to manufacture the one run we got, and just could not get anything going offensively. Tough way to end the season after playing some dang good baseball, but that’s how it goes. I am proud of the guys on their season, and they were a fun group to be around.”