One last cheer for the Falcons baseball team, concluding their 2014 Legion season.  Sponsors for the team were Jesse Poole Post #166, Preston, Gustav Berg Post #81, Harmony and Henry M. Guttormson Post #40, Lanesboro.  BILL BENTSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS PHOTOS
One last cheer for the Falcons baseball team, concluding their 2014 Legion season. Sponsors for the team were Jesse Poole Post #166, Preston, Gustav Berg Post #81, Harmony and Henry M. Guttormson Post #40, Lanesboro. BILL BENTSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS PHOTOS
From pretty much all standards of measure, the past season for the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro Legion baseball team has to be considered a success.
While the post-season wasn’t as productive as the Falcons would have wanted, finishing the regular season with a 4-3 record in the first year of existence for the team was pretty awesome.
The Falcons went 0-2 in tournament play, and finished with a very respectable 4-5 record.
Falcons lose to W-K
The Central Falcons baseball club opened the post-season with an 11-1 loss to Wabasha-Kellogg. Central was seeded No. 6 and W-K was seeded at No. 3.
Offensively, Sam Peters led the team with two hits in three at-bats from his lead-off position. Also getting hits for the Falcons were Kiel Larson and Sam Rustad. Rustad also reached base on an error, so went two-for-two in the on-base category.
Getting on base was a premium for the Falcons, putting only seven runners on the base paths. Besides the hits by Peters, Larson and Rustad, Gatlin Woellert received a walk, Trace Tollefson reached on an error and Rustad also reached first on an error. Tollefson scored the only FC/L run in the second inning when Wabasha-Kellogg committed a pair of errors. Cole Schwichtenberg had the lone RBI, reaching on a fielder’s choice in the second.
Pitching duties against W-K went to Gatlin Woellert (four innings) and Collin Scott (one-third inning). Woellert gave up six runs, three hits, walked eight and struck out three. Scott gave up five runs, four hits and walked one.
The defense did not commit any errors against Wabasha-Kellogg.
Falcons 0-1-0-0-0 = 1-4-0, LOB 6
W-K 0-3-0-3-5 = 11-7-2, LOB 6
Elimination game
Last Wednesday the Central Falcons (No. 6) hosted Lake City(No. 7) in an elimination game. The Falcons ended up losing to LC, 12-2, in a full seven inning contest, but not without some exciting baseball moments.
The Falcons had opportunities to score, leaving two runners on base in each of the first, second and fifth innings. A timely hit, or two, would have made a huge difference in the momentum of the game.
Tollefson led the team with two hits, including a triple in the sixth inning. Delivering singles for the Falcons were Larson, Schwichtenberg and Riley Means.
Larson scored a run in the first inning on a catcher’s interference call, stolen base, and wild pitch. Casey Olson (running for Tollefson after his three-bagger) scored the second run for FC/L in the sixth inning on a Schwichtenberg sacrifice flyball to centerfield.
Getting on-base was a bit easier against Lake City than Wabasha: Larson 2/4, Collin Scott 1/4, Andy Love 2/3, Tollefson 2/3, Schwichtenberg 2/2 and Means 1/2.
Peters started the game on the mound, going the first four innings. He gave up eight runs, four earned, seven hits, three walks and struck out two. Scott relieved Peters in the fifth inning and worked the last three innings. He gave up four runs, two earned, two hits, no walks and struck out two. A much better performance for Scott against Lake City than his short stint against W-K.
Errors played a major role in the loss to Lake City. The Falcons committed 10 errors, causing six unearned runs to cross the plate for the Tigers.
The loss to Lake City ended the season for the Falcons, but everyone associated with the team was pretty much satisfied with the effort and progress of the team this first season….and hungry for season number two.
Legion notes
• La Crescent won the East sub-section tournament, with Caledonia taking the runner-up spot. La Crescent beat Caledonia, 5-2, in the championship game.
• St. Charles surprised Wabasha-Kellogg, 6-5, in an elimination game last Saturday, but then lost to Caledonia, 8-0, in the second place game. Tanner Langen, Caledonia, pitched a no-hitter against the Saints in the second game.
• The district tournament starts Thursday in Stewartville. Both La Crescent and Caledonia will be involved.