Legion baseball: Alex drops double dip in Perham
The Alexandria legion baseball team found itself on the wrong end of a sweep in Perham on Monday, opening with a 2-1 loss in nine innings before a 13-3, run-shortened loss in the nightcap.
“Carter (Stockert) pitched in the first game and pitched an absolutely phenomenal game,” Alex head coach Jake Munsch said. “We just couldn’t come up with the big hit to score a couple more runs. But that was a very well-played baseball game by both teams. Second game, the wheels kind of came off for us. Just not one of our best games.”
Stockert tossed eight innings of one-run ball, the lone run coming on a Dawson Stevens RBI single in the fourth. It evened the score after Alexandria jumped ahead in the second, where Mitch Toivonen sent a double to center field that scored Isaac Peterson.
The 1-1 deadlock held until the bottom of the ninth. Jace Kovash started the inning with a single for Perham, and then he advanced into scoring position on an error. And one batter later, an Alex error on a bunt allowed Kovash to come in to score, and Perham walked off with the 2-1 win.
“It’s a deflating loss, but you look at the positives that it was a well-played baseball game between both people,” said Munsch. “We just made one mistake at the end, which cost us the game. We’d rather lose games like that than how we lost the second game where we kind of just didn’t play well all around.”
In the finale, the Alexandria offense came alive with three runs in the first inning for an early edge.
Thomas Anderson knocked a two-RBI double that scored Brock Anderson and Peterson, and then Braden Reisdorf plated Blake Hoelscher with an RBI groundout.
The Alex lead was short-lived, however, because Perham answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first on a three-run home run by Roo Schmitz.
Things started to snowball in the fourth, when Perham doubled up Alexandria with a 6-3 lead, then added five more in the fifth for an 11-2 game. Finally, a two-run error in the sixth inning resulted in a 13-3 game, ending Alex’s night with a mercy-rule loss.
“We haven’t played in about a week. The best thing for baseball is consistency, obviously, and playing as much as you can,” Munsch said. “We’ll just chalk that up as a tough loss for us and move forward from here.”
Alexandria will look to right the ship starting Friday, July 13, when they take part in the Gopher Classic in the Twin Cities. They’ll meet Anoka at 9 a.m. and Excelsior II at 11:30 a.m. to start the tournament.
ALEXANDRIA 010 000 000 - 1 4 4
PERHAM 000 100 001 - 2 5 2
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING: Carter Stockert - 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO; Riley Nelson - L, 0.0+ IP; 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE: Matthew Carlsen - 1-4; Luke Levasseur - 0-4; Braiden Reisdorf - 0-4; Blake Hoelscher - 1-4, K; Thomas Anderson - 0-3, BB, SO; Brock Anderson - 0-3, BB; Isaac Peterson - 1-3, 1 run, HBP; Mitch Toivonen - 1-3, RBI, 2B, K; Michael Kuhn 0-3, 2 K.
ALEXANDRIA 300 000 - 3 5 3
PERHAM 300 352 - 13 10 0
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING: Luke Levasseur - L, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO; Taylor Jendro - 1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO; Adam Hoeper - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.
ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE: Matthew Carlsen - 1-4, K; Brock Anderson - 0-1, 1 run, 2 BB; Isaac Peterson - 1-3, 1 run, K; Blake Hoelscher - 0-1, 1 run, 2 BB; Thomas Anderson 1-3, 2 RBI, 2B, K; Braiden Reisdorf - 0-3, RBI; Carter Stockert - 1-3, K; Michael Kuhn - 1-2, BB, K; Adam Hoeper - 0-3, 3 K.