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Legion ball is 1-2 after first 3 games
The Montgomery Post 79 baseball team opened its 2013 season on Thursday, June 6 with an 11-5 loss to Sibley East at Memorial Park.
After allowing an unearned run in the first inning to the Wolverines, Montgomery returned to take a 4-1 lead on doubles by Ryan Iverson and Joe Rynda, singles by Ted Christian and Andy Feddema, along with walks to Nathan Rosier and Robbie 'Amato.
Sibley East answered with two runs in the second inning making the score 4-3. In the third inning, Joe Rynda led off with his second double of the game and would later score on a fielder's choice, putting Post 79 up 5-3.
The fifth inning, however, turned out to be the backbreaker in a tight game when Sibley East scored seven runs on only two hits. The Wolverines then added another run in the seventh to complete the scoring.
Leading hitters for Montgomery were Rynda with a pair of doubles and singles by Iverson, D'Amato, Christian and Feddema.
Ted Christian started on the mound and went four innings. Trevor Smisek and Joe Rynda worked the final three innings of the game.
Jordan 5 - Montgomery 4
On Monday, June 10, the team traveled to the Mini Met for a league game against Jordan. In a very tightly played game that came down to the last out, Jordan came away with a 5-4 victory over Post 79. Iverson opened the scoring in the top of the first with a solo homerun giving Montgomery an early 1-0 lead. Jordan then tied the score in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly. In the third inning, Jordan scored two runs on a walk, a hit and an error putting the Hubmen up 3-1. Montgomery came back with two runs in the top of the fourth with the help of three Jordan errors, knotting the score at 3-3.
Jordan then took a 5-3 lead by scoring a run in the fifth and one in the sixth inning. However, with two outs in the top of the seventh and Cole Pint on first, singles by Iverson and D'Amato scored Pint making the score 5-4.
Montgomery, however, was unable to push the tying run across from second base. Pint started on the mound for Post 79 and went 5 and 1/3 strong innings with Rynda throwing the final 2/3 of an inning. Leading hitters for Montgomery were Iverson going 2-2 with a homerun, Pint and D'Amato each with a single.
Montgomery 7 - Belle Plaine 6
On Thursday, June 13, Montgomery Post 79 scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Belle Plaine 7-6 at Memorial Park. Rosier got the game-winning single, scoring Iverson to cap off the four run comeback victory.
Belle Plaine scored on run in the first and two runs in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Post 79 came back in the bottom of the third to close the gap to 3-2 with two runs coming on a walk to Pat Lloyd, singles by Iverson and D'Amato and a Rosier sacrifice fly. Following a Belle Plaine run in the top of the fourth, Aaron Dwyer tripled to open the bottom half of the fourth and scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Feddema, cutting the lead to 4-3.
Belle Plaine added two runs in the top of the sixth inning extending their lead to 6-3.
In the top of the seventh gave Montgomery the momentum back by striking out their 3,4 and 5 hitters in succession. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Trevor Smisek reached first when a third strike got away from the catcher. Pint and Lloyd then walked to load the bases. Iverson hit a two run single closing the score to 6-5. D'Amato reached on an error which also scored Lloyd from second base to tie the score and setting up Rosier's game winner. Christian started on the mound for Montgomery pitching five complete innings. Rynda went the final two innings and picked up the win in relief. Leading hitters for Post 79 were Iverson with two hits, Dwyer with a triple and singles by D'Amato and Rosier.
Montgomery will traveled to Le Sueur on Monday hosted Zumbrota on Wednesday. They will host Pine Island on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m.