The Osseo American Legion baseball team had to deal with wet conditions as it began its summer season. Just two weeks into the season, the locals saw several games cancelled because of rainouts.
With 10 returning players from last year, expectations are high for a return trip to the Legion State Tournament in August. Osseo has only one returning college player this year in Ryan Gangestad, who plays for UW-Stout.
The team started the year with a 5-4 loss to tough non-conference rival Bloomington Blue. Gangestad led the team with a single and two doubles. The Osseo Legion also traveled to Lakeville North for another non-league game and fell 12-2.
League played began with an extra innings game in Champlin Park, with the Osseo Legion getting the 5-3 win in the eighth inning. Ben Johnson was the starting pitcher and had eight strike outs. Jordan Stroh came in to close the game in the eighth. Bryce Sealock, Sam Christofferson and Ryan Gangestad all had singles and Blake Molitor had a triple.
After a postponed game Thursday against Andover due to rain, the Osseo Legion moved on to beat Armstrong 3-0 Friday, June 15. Stroh was the starting pitcher, and had offensive help with a single from Gangestad, two doubles from Blake Molitor and two singles apiece from Bret Moody and Stroh.
After another cancellation due to poor field condition against Maple Grove Wednesday, June 20, Osseo came home and edged Anoka 4-1 Friday, June 22.
Johnson pitched a four-hitter, with seven strikeouts and no walks, facing 25 batters. Gangestad and Moody led the hitting attack with two hits each, while Stroh had two RBIs in the victory.
Osseo looks to continue to improve their league 3-0 record, and will travel to Delano again this year over the July 4th holiday weekend to defend their Stars-n-Stripes Tournament championship from last year. They also will be playing the Gopher Classic tournament and the Wayzata Summer classic in July.