Osseo Legion baseball team ends great season at state

The Osseo Legion Post 172 baseball team made its second trip to the state tournament in the last three years, beginning Aug. 2 in Edina.

After a spectacular opening ceremonies and the first -ever home run hitting contest in which Osseo’s Sam Christofferson took fourth place with six home runs,

Osseo defeated Mahtomedia 6-4 in the opening game.

Ranked 15th in the pre-tournament poll, the Orioles rode the pitching of Jon Ludwig, who pitched five strong innings to earn the win.  Zach Bahl pitched middle relief and held his batters to a .000 average, one of the top stats from the tourney. Ben Johnson came in to earn the save. Grant Sealock was a Legion Tourney “Star Of The Day” with a 3-for-4 outing and 2 RBIs. Mac Pierce and Bryce Sealock also had big doubles in the game to spark the offense, and AJ Lyons had a spectacular slide at home to get the scoring going.

The next opponent would be top-rated Eden Prairie, who outscored their opponents 199-13 en route to winning the tournament. Osseo did its best but came up short, losing by a respectable score of 7-1. Johnson came back a second day to pitch through six innings, with Brendan Botzet finishing out the game.Osseo next fell to host Edina 8-3. Bryce Sealock had a stellar performance, getting three big hits and helping Osseo score early. Charlie Hohenstein pitched through six innings, and Haven Williams relieved Hohenstein, with Williams finishing the tourney in the top 10 for ERA.  However, the Edina squad (who finished fourth in the tourney) had too much offense, defeating the Osseo Legion 8-3 and ending their season.

Osseo gave a strong showing at state and had several state tournament stat leaders, including Christofferson and Ludwig with a 1.000 fielding percentage, Bret Moody with 17 assists and five walks, and Johnson for saves.

Top Osseo hitters for the tournament were Bryce Sealock with a .455 BA, Grant Sealock who batted .417, Lyons, batting .364, and Christofferson with a

.273 batting average for the tournament (stats provided by American Legion Baseball).

Osseo ended the year going 5-2 through sub-state and state, and finishing ranked ninth in state with a 21-13 record.

The Osseo Legion baseball team thanks coach Case Paxton for another successful year, as well as the sponsors, fans, family and friends for all of their support. The team looks forward to another successful summer in 2014.

The Osseo Legion Post 172 baseball team made its second trip to the state tournament in the last three years.