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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State tournament reservations have to wait at least one more day for the Alexandria Black junior legion baseball team. With the first of two state berths up for grabs on Wednesday, a frustrating finish solidified a 7-0 loss to Perham in the Junior Legion Division I Outstate Tournament at Knute Nelson Ballpark. It forces Alex into a winner-take-all matchup with East Grand Forks on Thursday for the district’s second and final spot in the state tourney.
Another offensive struggle proved fatal for the Alexandria Red junior legion baseball team on Tuesday. “We had times where we hit the ball again today,” Alex head coach Steve Radtke said, “but then we would get runners on and not able to come up with the big hit.” East Grand Forks blanked Alexandria for a 4-0 win at Knute Nelson Ballpark, bouncing the Reds from the Junior Legion Division I Outstate Tournament with Alex’s second consecutive shutout loss.
One timely hit could have prevented it, but the Alexandria Red junior legion baseball whiffed on its chances to avoid being up against elimination. Peyton Doty was locked in a pitchers’ duel on Monday against Bemidji’s Isaiah Biehn, but Alexandria’s offense couldn’t capitalize with the big hit it needed. Finishing 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, the Reds squandered all their chances in a 4-0 loss in the opening round of the Junior Legion Division I Outstate Tournament at Knute Nelson Ballpark.
The Alexandria legion baseball team needed a pick-me-up during the Gopher Classic. Post 87 entered its Friday, July 13, matchup with Excelsior II with an early-week sweep from Perham hanging in the shadows alongside a 4-2 loss to Anoka earlier in the day. But when Carter Stockert delivered a walk-off single to cap a four-run seventh, he brushed away the three-game skid and sent off Alex as 7-6 winners during their 3-2 weekend.
Selective TV customers will soon have some memorizing to do. At the nonprofit television provider's annual meeting in Garfield on Monday, July 9, the public was informed of changes that are coming to the service as a result of the Federal Communications Commission's wireless frequency reallocation. The FCC's new guidelines state that all over-the-air television broadcasts will be restricted within a smaller bandwith, which has been a plan in progress since 2012, according to a Selective TV press release.
When Megan Jacob's business students had questions for her during her first year teaching at Alexandria Area High School, she didn't always have the answer. But now, thanks to the externship program at AAHS, Jacob feels better equipped to lead them in the right direction. "I've never started a business in Alexandria, so that's what my externship was all about," she said. "For me, it's hard when the kids (ask) this and that. You can read about it, but without actually starting your own business, it's hard to actually know those steps."
With an eight-run frame against Bemidji on Wednesday, the Alexandria Black junior legion baseball team threw a birthday bash for Kade Blankenship. “It’s a great time. You feel like you’re so much better,” Blankenship said of playing on his 17th birthday. “You feel like your team is happy for you. … As long as you’re keeping your eye on the ball and you’re making the plays, it’s going to be a great day.”
Over the past several days, I’ve been wearing out my computer mouse by clicking and clicking and clicking. As a Seattle Mariners fan, I’ve felt a duty to vote for M’s shortstop Jean Segura in the MLB All-Star Final Vote, which gives All-Star snubs one final chance to make the Midsummer Classic roster. But why is he there to begin with?
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.
It wasn’t a fundamental clinic, but the Osakis legion baseball team is just as satisfied with an unorthodox win in Monday’s 11-1 thumping over Hancock in Osakis. “We take advantage of (mistakes),” said Isaac Froemming. “If they make an error, make sure it hurts. We may get another hit or another walk, but whatever it is, we make sure it hurts.”