New Prague 2 and out in Legion Tourney

It was two and out for the host New Prague American Legion Baseball team, as they lost both games in the Third District American Legion Baseball Tournament last weekend.

New Prague lost its opening round game to Mahtomedi, 6-3, then lost to West St. Paul in a loser's bracket game, 11-0.

Mahtomedi 6,

New Prague 3

New Prague was the visiting team in their opening round game against Mahtomedi. The Post 45 squad started strong, scoring three runs in the first inning, but that was all they would manage for the game, as they left nine runners on base in a 6-3 loss.

With two outs, Matt Pexa singled to center and Kevin Kalina walked. Matt Ambroz followed with a two-run double to right center. Ted Nytes reached on an error, which allowed Ambroz to score.

Mahtomedi came back to score three runs in their half of the first inning. It could have been more, but catcher Matt Pexa gunned down a runner trying to steal to end the inning.

After that, both teams settled down. There would be no more scoring until the bottom of the seventh. Mahtomedi scored an unearned run in the seventh and added two more runs in the eighth.

New Prague had several chances, but couldn't get the timely hit. They had two runners on and one out in the third, runners on first and third in the fifth and a runner at second in the sixth, but couldn’t bring them home.

Pexa went 3-for-4 in the game, with two doubles. Ambroz was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Kyle Kalina also had two hits for New Prague and Chad Meyer had the other.

Mike Cervenka was the starting pitcher and went 8 1/3 innings. He allowed just six hits and struck out three.

West St. Paul 11,

New Prague 0

New Prague could get no offense going, and with only nine players in uniform for this game, had few options as they dropped an 11-0 decision in an elimination game against West St. Paul.

New Prague gave up two runs in the third, six in the fifth and three more in the sixth, and the game ended after seven innings on the 10-run rule.

Kyle Kalina, Pexa, Dan Meger, Bryant Havlicek and Brandon Denker had hits for new Prague. New Prague had a scoring opportunity in the fourth, when Kyle Kalina doubled and advanced on a sacrifice by Cervenka. But Kalina was thrown out at home when Pexa grounded to third on a fielder's choice.

Kevin Kalina started for New Prague and took the loss. He threw six innings, allowing 13 hits and striking out five. Pexa came on in the sixth in relief and allowed two hits and three runs.

Third District

American Legion

Tournament Results

Division I

First round: Lakeville 8, Northfield 3; South St. Paul 10, St. Paul Park 0; Burnsville 11, Red Wing 1; Woodbury Blue 7, Eagan 6; Stillwater 5, West St. Paul 3; Mahtomedi 6, New Prague 3; Inver Grove Hts. 4, Rosemount 1; Apple Valley 9, Faribault 0

Loser's bracket: Northfield 7, St. Paul Park 3; Eagan 13, Red Wing 11; West St. Paul 11, New Prague 0; Faribault 6, Rosemount 1;

Winner’s Bracket: Lakeville 14, South St. Paul 1; Woodbury Blue 11, Burnsville 9 (11 innings); Stillwater 4, Mahtomedi 1; Apple Valley 12, Inver Grove Hts. 0

Wednesday, July 28

Loser's Bracket-At New Prague

5 p.m. Northfield vs. Mahtomedi

8 p.m. Eagan vs. Inver Grove Hts.

At Lonsdale

5 p.m. West St. Paul vs. So. St. Paul

8 p.m. Faribault vs. Burnsville

Friday, July 30

Loser's bracket-at New Prague

Games at 5 and 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 31

At New Prague

Winner's bracket, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Loser's bracket, 5 and 8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 1

At New Prague

Loser's bracket 11 a.m.

Championship game, 2 p.m.

Third place game, 5 p.m.

Division II

First round: Cannon Falls 5, Brownton 4; Randolph 4, Le Sueur 2; Lester Prairie 20, Elysian 2; Jordan 7, Lonsdale 2

Loser’s Bracket: Le Sueur 9, Bronwton 3; Elysian 11, Lonsdale 4

Winner's bracket: Cannon Falls 7, Randolph 6 (10 innings); Jordan 9, Lester Prairie 0

Friday, July 30

Loser's brcket

5 p.m.-Le Sueur vs. Randolph

7:30 p.m.-Elysian vs. Lester Prairie.

Saturday, July 31

11 a.m.-Cannon Falls vs. Jordan

Loser's bracket games, 2 and 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 31

Championship game, noon

Second game, if necessary, 2:30 p.m.

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