Scratching out runs when needed, the Princeton Legion squad earned a 3-1 and 5-2 sweep over visiting Milaca July 11.
In the opener, Chance Parker went the distance by holding Milaca to five hits. Milaca didn’t dent the scoreboard until the sixth inning, then Parker induced two ground balls to get out of the inning with runners in scoring position. In the seventh, he used his mix to force a strikeout and two weak grounders. He was also helped by a nice running catch from Riley Miller in left to end the third with two runners on the move.
“I liked how Chance worked against Milaca. He got ahead of every batter and had just one walk in the game. He pitched great,” said Legion coach Troy Kinney.
Post #216 took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Nick Zeroth singled and stole second, Miller walked, then they came home on RBI hits from Thomas Klaphake and Dan Voce. The third run crossed in the fourth after Milaca nailed a suicide squeeze at the plate, but Miller and Klaphake pulled off a successful double steal on the ensuing at-bat.
The 5-2 win in the nightcap featured six strong innings from Sam Archer who got the win, with Zack Ludwig tossing a 1-2-3 seventh for the save. Luke Nierengarten in the first and Ludwig in the sixth scored to tie the game at 2-2. In the top of the seventh, walks were collected by Bolduc and Bernard, with Norman loading the bases on his bunt. Voce picked up an RBI with a walk, Dalton Mattson came through with a sacrifice fly, and Muench’s grounder scored the fifth run.
• On July 15, the Princeton boys clipped St. Francis 2-1 in nine innings, raising their season record to 12-4 (10-1 in North End League action). Ludwig pitched tough again, going the distance with nine Ks. Down to their last strike in the bottom of the seventh, Archer came through with a run-tying hit. Princeton won it in the ninth when Zeroth scored on Klaphake’s blooper to left that was dropped.
Home tourney this weekend
The 2013 Princeton Legion Tournament will be hosted July 19-21 at Solheim Veteran’s Field. The Post #216 squad will open against Tri-City Red of Mounds View in the 8 p.m. game Friday night. In their half of the brackets are Section 7AAA rival Grand Rapids and River Falls (5:30 p.m. quarterfinals); the semifinals in that half of the brackets will be 8 p.m. Saturday night.
Quarterfinals in the other half of the brackets are Rogers vs. Lino Lakes (12 p.m.), and St. Francis vs. Hopkins (2:30 p.m.). Consolation games begin at noon on Saturday. The seventh-place game is 9 a.m. Sunday morning, fifth-place game is 11:30 a.m., third-place game is 2 p.m., and the championship is set for 4:30 p.m.