Legion Baseball begins Sub-State tourney 2-0

Princeton catcher Sam Archer turned on a pitch to smoke a two-run double in the fourth inning when his team beat Cambridge 11-1 July 24 in the Legion sub-district tournament at Solheim Veterans Field.  Photo by Greg Hunt

Princeton catcher Sam Archer turned on a pitch to smoke a two-run double to the wall in the fourth inning when his team beat Cambridge 11-1 July 24 in the Legion sub-district tournament at Solheim Veterans Field. Photo by Greg Hunt

The Princeton Legion team began the Sub-State 13 tourney they are hosting at Solheim Veterans Field with two victories, putting them in great shape in the week-long tournament.

On July 24, the No. 1 seed Princeton boys defeated No. 8 Zimmerman 10-0 in a seven-inning shutout. On Wednesday evening, July 25, Post 216 hammered Cambridge 11-1 in seven innings to keep rolling.

Princeton will next face St. Francis in the 8 p.m. final winners’ bracket game against St. Francis who blanked Buffalo 7-0 in the other semifinal game on Wednesday.

The winner of Thursday night’s game between St. Francis and Princeton will move on to Saturday’s 2 p.m. championship game, with the remaining teams working on each other in the losers’ brackets to survive. The champion of the tournament will then advance to the Minnesota American Legion State tournament.

** The Annual Division I Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Championship Tournament is being hosted by Edina, Friday, August 2, 2013 through Monday, August 5, 2013.

Legion squad takes 7th at own tourney

 The Princeton Legion baseball squad went 1-2 to take seventh place in last weekend’s home invitational tourney, which wrapped up the regular season.In the Friday night quarterfinal opener at Solheim Field, the Post 216 team was defeated by Tri-City Red of Mounds View 9-0. It was a 1-0 game entering the top of the seventh when the Tri-City boys put up an eight-pack of runs.Mounds View won the Class AAA state championship this past spring, defeating Cold Spring Rocori in the finals. Tri-City Red went on to win the Princeton tournament, defeating River Falls, Wis., 7-5 in the semifinals and Lino Lakes 10-0 in the championship.Sunday’s third-place game saw River Falls get past Hopkins 3-2.

“Overall, it was a pretty good tournament. Eight of the 12 games were one-run games,” Legion coach Troy Kinney said.

In Saturday’s consolation semifinals, Kinney’s Princeton boys fell 6-5 to Section 7AAA rival Grand Rapids – the teams’ third meeting this year since the beginning of the high school baseball season. Princeton, which had its hitting spread throughout its lineup, scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and had two runners on before GR got the last out. Thomas Klaphake paced the Princeton attack with two hits and scored a run.

Sunday morning in the seventh-place game, Princeton held off next season’s Mississippi 8 partner Rogers 7-2. Chance Parker went the distance for the win, striking out seven Royals while allowing only five hits. Dan Voce was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored, and Zack Ludwig also swung for a pair of hits, finishing with two RBIs. Kinney was able to clear the bench to get all his players some innings against Rogers.

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