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Junior legion: Alex Reds done in by New Ulm

Alexandria Red's Brady McCoy reaches out to catch a fly ball during a 12-5 loss to New Ulm at Knute Nelson Ballpark on Saturday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)1 / 2
Alexandria Red's Tyler Petron throws over to first base for an out during a 12-5 loss to New Ulm at Knute Nelson Ballpark on Saturday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)2 / 2

The Alexandria Red junior legion baseball team answered back when New Ulm hung a five-spot at Knute Nelson Ballpark on Saturday.

But they couldn’t do it twice.

New Ulm scored five runs in each the fifth and sixth innings, breaking from a 1-1 tie and separating for a 12-5 win at the Alexandria junior legion tournament.

“We had that inning in a game that we always seem to have,” Alex head coach Steve Radtke said. “We made another mistake or two (too many) again. We let one or two fly balls drop in there that should have been caught.”

The loss ended an 0-3 finish in pool play for the Alex Reds, which began with Friday’s 15-0 loss to Elk River and 6-0 loss to Worthington.

New Ulm struck first with a run off back-to-back doubles in the fourth inning. Alexandria responded with the aid of an error, as Connor Lerfald tied the game at 1-1 by crossing the plate.

The runs racked up quickly a half inning later, as New Ulm pounded out five hits and sent 10 batters to the plate in a five-run fifth. But Alex Red roared back, using RBI singles from Brady McCoy and Shay Endres for four runs of their own.

“We had that meltdown, but it was pleasing and fun to see that we came back and put some runs on the board,” Radtke said. “It’s nice to see the other team squirm a little bit, instead of just us all the time. I felt like that was some growth.”

New Ulm continued its offensive onslaught, though, scoring five more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. This time, Alexandria didn’t have the answer, and it culminated in a 12-5 defeat.

The loss slots Alex into the 4th-place matchup at 9 a.m. Sunday, where they’ll meet Sleepy Eye at Knute Nelson. Both teams went 0-3 in pool play.

“We’d like to come out with a win,” Radtke said. “But (I also want) see continued improvement and a clean game… Whether we win or lose, I’d like to see a clean game with guys hitting, putting the ball in play.”

NEW ULM 000 155 1 - 12 15 3

ALEXANDRIA 000 140 0 - 5 5 2

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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