Flandreau Catcher Jake Patterson throws out a runner at third after an attempted sac bunt. / Post 70 batter, Mitch Hansen takes a cut at a pitch during Saturday's game with the host team, the Brookings Bandits / Pick up player Patrick Whetham, of Garretson, receives a throw from catcher Jake Patterson in an attempted steal by Lennox in the second inning of their Friday contest. (Photos courtesy of: Troy Maroney/Brookings Register
The Flandreau Post 70 Legion Baseball team took part in five games this past week, dropping two regular season games versus Webster and Volga, but going 2-1 in the Wayne Hauschild Tournament in Brookings over the weekend.
Volga 13 – Flandreau 8
A five run seventh inning by Volga was the difference in Tuesday night’s game between Post 70 and Volga as Flandreau was unable to muster any more runs after the frame.
After Flandreau tied the game in the top half of the seventh inning, Volga answered right back with five runs of their own thanks to three walks and four hits.
Webster 8 – Flandreau 2
Post 70 managed to put two runs across the board in the third inning to tie the game but that was all they could push across for the game as Webster was able to defeat Post 70, 8-2, on Wednesday night at Erv Heuther field on the campus of SDSU.
Despite giving up eight runs, Flandreau pitchers did show some dominance, striking out eight batters throughout the game, but that wasn’t enough for Post 70 to pick up the win.
Flandreau 6 – Lennox 3
After falling behind, 3-1, after the first innings, the Flandreau Post 70 baseball team was able to come back to defeat Lennox Post 174 in their opening game of the Wayne Hauschild Legion Baseball Tournament in Brookings over the weekend.
Flandreau pick-up player, Patrick Whetham, tripled in Jake Patterson in the top of the first innings to give Flandreau a 1-0 lead but Lennox responded with three runs of their own off starter Alex Schwing in the bottom half of the inning to give Lennox the 3-1 lead after one inning of play.
Flandreau was gifted their next three runs thanks to some bad defense by Post 174. Guy Zephier led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error, followed by a dropped fly ball that put Austin Ross on base and moved Zephier to second. Foster then reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Patterson grounded out to knock in Zephier, Ross scored on another error by Lennox and Foster scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Kyle Scofield. After the circus was over, Flandreau led, 4-3, after three innings.
That was all they needed after relief pitcher Mitch Hansen came in and shut the door for the final three-and-two-thirds innings to pick up a save.
Whetham finished with two of Flandreau’s seven hits, picking up two RBI. Ross, Hansen, Zephier, Geno Burshiem and Curt Hemmer each tallied one hit for Flandreau on the night.
Flandreau 7 – Holmen 6
After trailing 6-4 heading into the seventh and final inning, the Flandreau Post 70 Legion baseball team managed to scratch across three runs to take the victory, 7-6, over Holmen (Wisc).
Burshiem led the seventh off with a walk, moved to second on a single by Ross and scored on a fielding error off the bat of Patterson. Ross and Patterson then scored on a Weston Hansen double to win the game.
Patterson finished the game with two runs scored for Flandreau, including a third inning two-run homerun, his second of the year.
Brookings 9 – Flandreau 1
Post 70 did not have an answer for Brookings starting pitcher Jordan Lerdal as the host team defeated Flandreau, 9-1, in the final game of pool play.
Flandreau scored their lone run in top of the first inning when leadoff man Austin Ross singled up the middle, moved to second on a single by Patterson, stole third and advanced home on a throwing error by Brookings catcher Kyle Krogman. Those would be the only two hits Flandreau managed the entire game off Lerdal.
But Brookings stole the show from there, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first off Patterson and added six more runs in the third to bring the game to its final of 9-1.
The Bracket portion of the Wayne Hauschild tournament was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions leaving Flandreau with a tournament record of 2-1.