Legion boys in fight for first

FL improves to 9-2 in league play


The Legion Post 225 baseball team is heating up entering the dog days of summer. Four wins have pushed Forest Lake’s league record to 9-2, tied for the top spot with Woodbury Blue.

The run was capped by a sweep of West St. Paul in a home doubleheader on Monday.

“That was as well as we’ve played,” said coach Valdie Magstadt. “Everybody contributed. They were important games and we played well, which was good to see.”

Forest Lake won by scores of 10-4 and 10-1. Phil Sauer settled in as the first game went on to earn the win. Kyle Parker went 4-4 and Trent Rabel added a pair of doubles. Jack and Matt Schmidt each added two hits.

Rabel tossed a complete game in the nightcap and got a big cushion from a six-run third inning. Parker added three more hits. Rabel and Drew Svendsen had two apiece.

Post 225 fell 6-0 to Burnsville last Tuesday. The Rangers were down 2-0 with the bases loaded in the sixth but could not take advantage. Jack Schmidt got the start.

The night before, Forest Lake swept Stillwater by scores of 5-2 and 4-1. Noah Brown and Parker threw complete games.

Five league games remain. First up, though, is the Gopher Classic tournament this weekend. Post 225 opens against Green Bay (WI) Friday afternoon and plays Benilde-St. Margaret’s that evening. A game against West Fargo (ND) is set for Saturday and Forest Lake plays Eastview and Andover on Sunday. All games will be hosted at Benilde.

A key league doubleheader against Mahtomedi is set for Monday.