Jr. Legion adances with win over Madison
The Minneota Legion Vultures are finished for the year, but the younger version, the Junior American Legion Vultures are just getting started.
They opened the Junior Legion Sub-State Tourrnament with a 5-2 win over Madison and will play Montevideo or MACCRAY/Sacred Heart at Sacred Heart at 11 a.m. Sunday, (June 20).
"Cole Sanow has never played third base before," said a smiling Minneota Coach J.D. Pesch. But Sanow dove for the ball heading down the third base line, sprawled, then got up and threw the runner out to end the game.
"That was a great play. We know he has a good arm," Pesch said.
Sanow started on the mound for Minneota, fresh off a weekend of football camp at Marshall, "That went well," he said. He went four innings, gave up both runs, walked three, struck out seven and only allowed two hits.
But when his time had come, Grady Moorse relieved, gave up a hit and a walk and fanned three.
Carter Schuelke came on in the seventh.
But he was in trouble with two on and two out in the seventh when Sanow came up with his dust-diving catch and accurate throw to preserve the game for Minneota.
"Carter throws striked and I tolf him he was facing the eight and nine hitters. But he gave up a hit and walk to them and got the next three," Coach Pesch chuckled.
Sanow got the win and Schuelke the save.
Braeden Panka's double in the second keyed a rally in which MInneota scored two runs. Cooper VanOverbeke's single in the fourth knocked in the third run and in the fifth Minneota manufactured three runs using a single hit, a texas-leaguer to left by Kaden Culver, three walks and an error by Madison.
The rest was done on the mound for Minneota, with Sanow and Moorse striking out 10 hitters between them.
MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Carter Schuelke, c-p 2-1-0-0; Tate Walerius, cf-rf-c 3-0-0-0; Ben Skorczewski, ss 2-0-0-0; Braeden Panka, lf-3b-1b 3-1-1-1; Cole Sanow, p-3b 2-2-1-0; Cooper VanOverbeke, dh 3-0-1-1; Josh Schuelke, 2b 0-0-0-0; Grady Moorse, 1b-p 2-0-0-1; Kaden Culver, rf 3-0-1-0; Trey Gronke, 3b 1-0-0-0; Jackson Esping, lf 0-1-0-0. Totals 21-5- 4-3.
MADISON: 4 hits.
Score by Innings:
Madison 001 100 0 — 2 4 1
Minneota 020 120 x — 5 5 1
LOB-Minneota: 3; Madison 6. SB-Minneota: C. Schuelke, Skorczewski, Sanow 3, Esping. 2B-Minneota: Panka.
Pitching IP R ER H BB K
Sanow (W) 4 2 2 2 3 7
Moorse 2 0 0 1 0 3
Schuelke (S) 1 0 0 1 1 0