Osseo Legion baseballers go 2-1 in league, defend Stars and Stripes title in Delano

The Osseo Legion went 2-1 in league play and successfully defended its title at the Delano Stars and Stripes Tournament.

Facing Elk River, Ryan Mickelson, Zach Bahl and Ryan Gangestad combined for six strikeouts in the 4-3 victory. Tyler Lursen, Bahl and Gangestad had singles, Bret Moody had two singles and Jordan Stroh had a double to round out the offense.

Against Coon Rapids, great defense and a close battle offensively made for a close game. Alex Eernisse had two singles with Moody hitting a double; however, that wasn’t enough offense and Coon Rapids scored late to win 2-1. Ben Johnson pitched well despite the loss.

Traveling to Spring Lake Park, Post 172 rebounded with great pitching and hitting. Bryce Sealock had a single, with Blake and Shea Molitor, Sam Christofferson, Lursen and Stroh all hitting doubles. Stroh added a three-run homer, earning five RBI’s, and Blake Molitor almost hit for the cycle with a single, double and triple. Stroh and Mickelson combined for the shutout win.

The annual favorite Delano Stars and Stripes tournament was next on the schedule, with Osseo returning to defend their title.

After a loss to Elk River in the first game, Osseo battled to win the night game versus Delano with an exciting 3-2 win as Johnson had a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts. Jordan Stroh then stopped a tough Edina team Tuesday night with an eight-hitter, winning 5-3 and earning Osseo a place in the championship game.

The July 4th night game featured an exciting game between Osseo and Minneapolis Southwest. Charlie Hohenstein started the game with help from Zach Bahl.

Going into the last inning, Osseo was down by two runs. A base on balls by Sam Christofferson and singles by Eernisse, Tony Stein and Sealock helped the Orioles get back in the ballgame and ahead by two runs going into the bottom of the seventh.

Southwest had runners on and bases loaded with Osseo up 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh. Coach Case Paxton called upon Johnson to finish the game and the right-hander induced a ground ball to second that ended the game with the championship for Osseo.

The tournament was played in very hot, humid weather, but the Post 172 boys used their wooden bats to be victorious. Christofferson led the team with a .571 average, followed with Blake Molitor at .545, Eernisse at .538, Ryan Gangestad at .417 and Bret Moody at .412.

The team has a full schedule with games at Blaine on July 9th, at Maple Grove on July 11, Centennial on July 12, and the Gopher Classic in Apple Valley over the July 13-15 weekend, playing teams from Napoleon, OH, Omaha, NE, Rochester, Apple Valley and Detroit Lakes.