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Legion baseball finishes 1-2 at district tournament
Montgomery Post 79 Legion Baseball competed in the District 3 Legion Baseball Tournament July 19-21 and July 26-28 hosted by Norwood Young America and Cologne and finished play with a 1-2 record.
Montgomery 5 - Plato 3
Pine Island 6 - Montgomery 5 (9 innings)
Cannon Falls 10 - Montgomery 2
In the opening game held Saturday, July 20, Montgomery defeated Plato by a score of 5-3. Post 79 opened the scoring in the top of the first with Cole Pint drawing a walk, Nathan Rosier reached on an error and both scored following a double to right by Ryan Iverson.
Robbie D'Amato followed with a double to left scoring Iverson with the third run of the inning and a 3-0 lead. Plato cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the first on a walk and a two base error.
In the fifth inning, Montgomery scored their fourth run on a single by Aaron Dwyer driving in Andy Feddema from third who had reached on a single. In the seventh, Post 79 added another run on a single by Ryan Iverson and an error putting them in the lead 5-1. Plato came back in the bottom of the seventh scoring two runs but came up short in their rally with Montgomery prevailing with a 5-3 win. Trevor Smisek started on the mound, allowing one run and one hit, walking six and striking out five to get the win.
Joe Rynda pitched the final three innings giving up two runs on three hits, three strikeouts and no walks. Leading hitters for Post 79 were Ryan Iverson with a double and a single, Nathan Rosier with two hits, and a single by Andy Feddema.
The second game of the tournament paired Montgomery with Pine Island. In a game that went nine innings, Pine Island nipped Montgomery by a score of 6-5.
Montgomery took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on singles by Pat Lloyd, Ryan Iverson and an RBI single by Nathan Rosier. Pine Island tied the score in the third on a walk, single and fielder's choice.
Post 79 then opened up a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning on singles by Cole Pint, Ryan Iverson, Robbie D'Amato, Nathan Rosier and a double by Aaron Dwyer.
Pine Island came back in the top of the sixth scoring three times and cutting the lead to 5-4. In the top of the seventh Pine Island rallied to tie the score with a run after two were out and nobody on base. Pine Island then pushed across a run in the top of the ninth to take a 6-5 lead. Andy Feddema singled and was at third base when the final out was recorded leaving Post 79 just short of their own comeback.
Ted Christian started the game going 5 1/3 innings giving up four runs on five hits, six walks and one strikeout. Joe Rynda relieved for 3 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three in absorbing the loss.
Leading hitters for Montgomery were Andy Feddema with three hits, Cole Pint, Pat Lloyd, Ryan Iverson, and Nathan Rosier each had two hits, and one hit apiece for Robbie D'Amato, and Aaron Dwyer.
On Sunday, July 21, Montgomery continued play in the District 3 Tournament against Cannon Falls and were defeated by a score of 10-2.
Cannon Falls opened the scoring in the top of the third scoring three runs on one hit, a walk and an error.
The Bombers then put the game out of reach in the top of the fourth inning scoring seven times with two outs giving Cannon Falls a 10-0 lead.
Montgomery got on the board in the bottom of the fifth scoring twice on singles by Trevor Smisek, Pat Lloyd, and Robbie D'Amato cutting the lead to 10-2, but were unable to cut into the lead any further.
Cole Pint started for Post 79 going 3 and 2/3 innings giving up nine runs on five hits, four walks, and one strikeout in taking the loss. Ted Christian faced three batters and gave up one run on two walks and one hit. Ryan Iverson pitched the final 3 1/3 innings of relief allowing no runs, one hit, walked one and struck out one.
Leading hitters for Post 79 were Trevor Smisek with two hits and Pat Lloyd, Robbie D'Amato and Aaron Dwyer each with one hit. Montgomery Post 79 finished their season with a 7-6 regular season record and an 8-8 overall record for the year.