The Central Legion team at the Montevideo Tournament. In front, from left, are Quinn Larson, Nick Mensink, Kiel Larson, Andy Love, Gatlin Woellert and Trace Tollefson.  In back, are assistant coach Jim Peters, Hunter Aggen, Collin Scott, Walker Ward, Justin Ristau, Blake Bigalk, Cole Schwichtenberg, Sam Peters and head coach Keith Larson.  The team went 1-2 in the tournament, good for fourth place.  BILL BENSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
The Central Legion team at the Montevideo Tournament. In front, from left, are Quinn Larson, Nick Mensink, Kiel Larson, Andy Love, Gatlin Woellert and Trace Tollefson. In back, are assistant coach Jim Peters, Hunter Aggen, Collin Scott, Walker Ward, Justin Ristau, Blake Bigalk, Cole Schwichtenberg, Sam Peters and head coach Keith Larson. The team went 1-2 in the tournament, good for fourth place. BILL BENSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
It has been a busy last few days for the Central Legion baseball team, with trips to Montevideo and St. Charles. This past weekend the team won one and lost two in the Montevideo Tournament, and last Wednesday picked up a win over St. Charles.

Central Legion is sponsored by the American Legion posts in Preston (#166), Harmony (#81) and Lanesboro (#40).

Monte Tournament

In the opening game of the tournament, Central Legion picked up a 3-2 win over Kerkhoven, behind the pitching of Nick Mensink (2.1 innings) and Collin Scott (4.2 innings). Mensink gave up two runs on no hits. He walked four, hit two batters and struck out none. Scott got the win, allowing no runs, while giving up two hits, no walks and one hit batter and striking out two.

Kerkhoven scored both of its runs in the third inning on three walks, a hit batter and a single. Highlight of that third inning was a defensive play by right fielder Gatlin Woellert and catcher Blake Bigalk. With runners on first and second, a Kerkhoven batter singled to right. The runner on second tried to score, but a strike to the plate from Woellert to Bigalk cut the runner down and ended the two-run inning.

Central got solo runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings. In the third inning Cole Schwichtenberg led off with a single, moved to second on Sam Peters sacrifice and scored on Kiel Larson's single to left. In the fourth, Mensink led off with a walk, advanced to second on Quinn Larson's groundout and scored on Trace Tollefson's single. The winning run in the seventh started with a Scott walk, he stole second and scored on a single to right by Sam Peters.

Peters finished the game with a perfect three-for-three at the plate, including a sacrifice and an RBI. Kiel Larson was one-for-two with an RBI and a sacrifice, Mensink was one-for-two with a walk and a run scored, Tollefson went one-for-three along with an RBI and Schwichtenberg was one-for-two with a run scored. Scott walked and scored the winning run in the seventh.

Line score against Kerkhoven

Kerkhoven 0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 2-2-1, LOB 8

Central Falcons 0-0-1-1-0-0-1 = 3-7-3, LOB 6

The second game on Saturday was against Montevideo, with the locals coming up on the short end of a 5-0 score.

The Falcons could only come up with two hits, one each by Quinn Larson and Scott. Defensively, Central only committed one error, which did not figure into any of Montevideo's runs.

Quinn Larson pitched the first four innings, allowing five runs, while giving up six hits and no walks. He struck out five. Schwichtenberg pitched the last two innings and allowed only one hit. He hit one Montevideo batter.

Fillmore Central could have used a few more hits, but overall, it was a very well-played game.

FC 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-2-1, LOB 1

Monte 2-0-3-0-0-0-x = 5-7-0, LOB 4

In the third place game on Sunday, Central lost to Cottonwood 8-3. The Falcons gave up four runs in the first inning, but after that played pretty even with Cottonwood for the rest of the game. Another three runs for Cottonwood in the third inning, put Central in a hole, but the Falcons kept playing hard and never gave up until the final out.

Coming up with the hits for the Falcons were Kiel Larson (double, RBI), Andy Love (double, single), Scott (single) and Justin Ristau (run). Hunter Aggen (hbp) and Schwichtenberg (fc) scored in the sixth inning on an errant pick-off throw by the catcher.

Woellert pitched the first three innings, giving up seven runs on six hits. He struck out six, walked two, hit two batters and had one balk. Sam Peters pitched the final four innings, allowing just one run on three hits, while striking out three and walking one.

Line score vs. Cottonwood

Cottonwood 4-0-3-0-0-0-1 = 8-9-3, LOB 6

Fillmore Central 0-1-0-0-0-2-0 = 3-5-4, LOB 8

St. Charles game

Central picked up a nice district win over St. Charles last Wednesday, 4-3, behind the combined pitching of Woellert (three innings), Mensink (two innings) and Quinn Larson (two innings). In Woellert's three innings on the mound, he allowed three runs on just two hits, while striking out one and walking one. He also hit two batters. Stats for Mensink in his two innings of relief: one hit and one strikeout. Larson struck out one and walked one during his two innings of work.

The pitchers had three up-three down innings in the second, fourth and seventh.

Coming up with the hits for Fillmore Central were Scott, Kiel Larson, Love, Mensink (2), Quinn Larson, Woellert, Tollefson and Peters.

Runs-batted-in were recorded by Peters (second and fourth innings), Woellert (fifth) and Mensink (winning RBI in the sixth). Scoring the runs were Schwichtenberg, Love, Woellert and Tollefson.

Line score vs. the Saints

FC 0-1-0-1-1-1-0 = 4-9-1, LOB 10

St.C 3-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 3-3-1, LOB 5

Legion notes

•There was a great following at the Montevideo Tournament. Many parents, grandparents and friends showed up to support the team.

•The Central Falcons are now 3-2 on the season, with district wins over Lewiston-Altura and St. Charles.