In its first game since last Wednesday, the American Legion Post 225 baseball team, made up of five seniors and seven juniors from the 2012-13 school year, lost a close one in the final innings to Lino Lakes at home on Monday night, 7-4.
Lino Lakes came out swinging hard off of starting pitcher Phil Sauer in the first inning to put four on the board right away. Forest Lake’s Dylan Dresel answered with one run in the bottom of the first to lessen the gap to three at 4-1.
Forest Lake began their climb in the third inning off a string of singles throughout the batting order to make it a 4-3 game, then tied it up in the fourth inning.
With Noah Brown on the mound holding off Lino Lakes, Forest Lake made another offensive rally in the fifth inning, but to no avail. Forest Lake stranded Beau Fandel and Jack Schmidt on second and third.
Schmidt relieved Brown in the top of the sixth inning, only to have Lino Lakes turn on the heat to score three runs back to back. Forest Lake would not answer, bringing their record to 8-4.
“I thought we played well against a good team,” head coach Valdie Magstadt said. “They came out strong right away, and we weren’t quite ready on the field to start. After the first five batters, we kind of settled in and had good at bats and chances, but unfortunately, just not enough of them.”
The Legion squad plays at Schumacher Field Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. against East Ridge.