This past Monday night the Central Falcons Legion baseball team traveled to Wabasha for the first round of the district tournament, and came out on the short end of an 11-1 score.
It was a well-played game, in spite of the locals being 10-runned in the contest. Central scored one run on four hits and left six runners on base. Falcon pitching gave up nine walks and hit one batter. Of those 10 “freebies,” seven scored! The Falcon defense did not commit any errors in the shortened ballgame.
Sam Peters led the offense with a pair of singles, one in the second inning and the other in the fifth inning. Kiel Larson and Sam Rustad had the other hits for Fillmore Central/Lanesboro. Trace Tollefson reached on an error in the second inning and scored on Cole Schwichtenberg’s ground-out.
Gatlin Woellert started the game on the mound, and pitched the first four innings. He gave up six runs, all earned, three hits and eight walks, while striking out three. Collin Scott pitched one-third of an inning and allowed five runs, all earned, on four hits, walked one and hit one batter.
In the double-elimination tournament, the Falcons will now face Lake City, losers to No. 2 seeded La Crescent. The game will be played in Preston, Wednesday night, beginning at 6 p.m.
Line score vs. Wabasha
Central 0-1-0-0-0 = 1-4-0, LOB 6
Wabasha0-3-0-3-5 = 11-7-2, LOB 6
Box score…player, h/ab(on-base)
Sam Peters 2/3(2/3); Kiel Larson 1/3(1/3); Andy Love 0/3(0/3); Gatlin Woellert 0/2(1/3, walk); Collin Scott 0/2(0/2); Trace Tollefson 0/2(1/2, reached on an error), run; Justin Ristau 0/2(0/2); Sam Rustad 1/2(2/2, reached on an error), Cole Schwichtenberg(0/2, rbi).
Central loses to Chatfield
Last week the Falcons lost their last regular season game to Chatfield, 7-5. Fillmore Central/Lanesboro finished the game with just three hits and committed three errors.
Getting the three hits for FC/L were Sam Peters, Nick Mensink and Woellert. The runs were scored by Peters (2), Kiel Larson, Mensink and Quinn Larson. The only RBI was recorded by Mensink on a double in the first inning.
FC/L got on the board in the first inning with four runs, on two hits and two Chatfield errors. Both hits were doubles, and collected by Peters and Mensink. Peters scored his second run of the game in the seventh inning when Chatfield committed four errors, one to get him on base, one to move him from second to third and one for him to score. He got to second on a stolen base. The fourth Gopher error allowed Mensink to reach base.
Mensink (3-1/3 innings) and Quinn Larson (3-2/3 innings) shared the mound duties. Mensink gave up five runs (four earned), seven hits, walked two and struck out two. Larson gave up two runs, neither earned, three hits, two walks, while striking out eight.
The Central Falcons finished the regular season with a 4-3 record.
Line score vs. Chatfield
Chatfield 0-1-2-3-0-1-0 = 7-10-8, LOB 9
Central 4-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 5-3-3, LOB 5
Box score vs. Chatfield…h/ab(on-base)
Peters 1/4(3/4, reached on error- twice), 2 runs; KJ Larson 0/2(1/2, reached on an error), run; Riley Means 0/2(0/2); Mensink 1/3,(3/4,hbp, reached on error), run, rbi; Quinn Larson 0/4(1/4, reached on an error), run; Scott 0/3(0/3); Woellert 1/3(1/3); Walker Ward 0/3(0/3); Tollefson 0/2(1/3, walk); Schwichtenberg 0/1(0/1); Drew Tienter 0/2(0/2).
• The Central Falcons were the No. 6 seed in the tournament. Wabasha got the No. 3 seed.
• Lewiston was the No. 1 seed and lost to Caledonia (No. 9), 2-1, in nine innings. Caledonia defeated PEM (No. 8) in a play-in game to make it to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
• In other games, St. Charles (No. 4) downed Dover-Eyota (No. 5), 12-2, in six innings, and La Crescent (No. 2) beat Lake City (No. 7), 14-0, in five innings. Lake City beat Chatfield (No. 10) in a play-in game.
• The tournament continues with games on Wednesday (July 16), Friday (July 18) and Saturday (July 19). Higher seeded teams will be hosts for games on Wednesday and Friday.
• Saturday, July 19, the district champion, and runner-up, will be determined in games hosted by Lake City. The championship game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Following the championship game there will be an elimination game at 12:30 p.m., with the second place game scheduled for 3 p.m.