The Central Falcons Legion baseball team. In front, from left, are Casey Olson, Sam Peters, Jared Kelly, Riley Means, Hunter Aggen, Justin Ristau, Cole Schwichtenberg and Blake Bigalk.  In back are coach Keith Larson, assistant coach Cal Larson, Andy Love, Trace Tollefson, Sam Rustad, Nick Mensink, Kiel Larson, Collin Scott, Walker Ward and assistant coach Jim Peters.  Not shown are Gatlin Woellert and Drew Tienter.  The team won its inaugural contest 17-4 last Saturday against Lewiston (Post 90).  BILL BENSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
The Central Falcons Legion baseball team. In front, from left, are Casey Olson, Sam Peters, Jared Kelly, Riley Means, Hunter Aggen, Justin Ristau, Cole Schwichtenberg and Blake Bigalk. In back are coach Keith Larson, assistant coach Cal Larson, Andy Love, Trace Tollefson, Sam Rustad, Nick Mensink, Kiel Larson, Collin Scott, Walker Ward and assistant coach Jim Peters. Not shown are Gatlin Woellert and Drew Tienter. The team won its inaugural contest 17-4 last Saturday against Lewiston (Post 90). BILL BENSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
The Central Falcons, an American Legion baseball team, this past weekend won their first game of the season over Lewiston (17-4) and, as many local historians have noted, this was the first Legion win for a local team in more than 30 years.

That's because there hasn't been a Legion program in any of the communities in that long of a time span. One Harmony armchair historian noted that "it might even be near 50 years."

The new team is sponsored by the Legion posts from Preston (Jesse Poole, Post 166), Harmony (Gustive Berg, Post 81) and Lanesboro (Henry M. Gutormson, Post 40).

Fans are excited to have the program back up and running, and look forward to many exciting contests this summer, and hopefully for years to come. Organizer, and coach of the team, is Keith Larson, and able assistants are Jim Peters, Scott Rustad and Cal Larson.

To kick the new season off, the Central Falcons hosted Lewiston and Caledonia, in hopes of getting in a triple-header. Unfortunately the weatherman had other plans, and only two games were played: Lewiston vs Central and Lewiston vs Caledonia. The scheduled game between Central and Caledonia is hoped to be made up some time later this summer.

In the inaugural contest, Nick Mensink (three innings) and Sam Peters (two innings) combined for a three-hitter, downing Post 90, 17-4. Mensink went the first three innings and allowed just one hit and two runs (one earned) while striking out four and walking three. Mensink also hit three Lewiston batters and had one wild pitch. Peters time on the mound was loaded with twos: two IP, two runs, both earned, two hits, two strikeouts and two walks. He also hit one batter.

Offensively, the Falcons got two hits from Kiel Larson (2/4) and Cole Schwichtenberg (2/3, double) and solo shots from Collin Scott (1/3), Trace Tollefson (1/3, triple), Blake Bigalk (1/3), Walker Ward (1/1) and Sam Peters (1/4). The runs were scored by Gatlin Woellert, Larson (3), Andy Love (3), Mensink (4), Tollefson (2), Justin Ristau, Riley Means, Jared Kelly and Schwichtenberg.

Knocking in the runs were Larson, Tollefson and Bigalk. On-base percentage (OBP) for Central was also very good. Going four-for-four was Nick Mensink (three walks and an error). Other OBP notable performances: Collin Scott (2/3), Kiel Larson (2/4, two hits), Love (3/4, walk, error, hit-by-pitch), Tollefson (2/4, walk, hit), Ristau (2/3, error, strikeout/passed ball), Bigalk (2/3, hit, walk), Ward (1/1, hit), Peters (2/4, error, hit) and Schwichtenberg (2/3, 2 hits).

Lewiston 0-1-1-0-2 = 4-3-6, 7 LOB

Central 6-2-5-4-x = 17-8-1, 6 LOB

Other notes

• Caledonia beat Lewiston, 15-1, in the second game. The game was called (lightning) while Lewiston was batting in the bottom of the fourth inning.

• Ib Gatzke provided concessions at the games, on behalf of the Preston Serviceman's Club.

• Coach Larson wants to thank everyone who came out to support the team, and a special thanks to the Legion posts #40 (Lanesboro), #81 (Harmony) and #166 (Preston) for their support and sponsorship.

• Upcoming events for the Central Falcons: June 25 (game at St. Charles, following the 16U game) and June 28/29 (tournament in Montevideo).