7/26/2013 10:33:00 AM Legion still alive in District playoffs
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls American Legion baseball team is still alive in postseason playoffs, despite dropping their first round game.
Cannon started the district tournament flat, and fell behind LeSueur 9-1 after six innings. CF exploded in the 7th inning, scoring seven runs on eight hits. The game ended with Cannon runners on 2nd and 3rd.
Paul Rolfes had two hits in that inning, and Tanner Jackson and Peter Haggerty had doubles. Bryce Boyle-Hoban had three hits in the game.
"It was disappointing for us to open that way, because we know how well we can play," coach Bob Brintnall said. "I wasn't sure if we should be happy with the comeback or upset about the hole we dug ourselves. It was impressive to see them work through six rough innings, but almost pull out a win."
Cannon's next two games were a bit more relaxing. They beat Zumbrota-Mazeppa 11-1 and Montgomery 10-2.
CF opened with four runs in the 1st against ZM, with hits by Haggerty, Jackson, Hunter Blakeslee and walks by Brock Peterson, Rolfes and Derek Johnson. Consecutive hits by Noah Callister, Rolfes, Johnson, Haggerty and Peterson scored five in the 5th to end the game early.
Taylor Carlson was the winning pitcher, with Johnson tossing one inning of relief.
Montgomery beat Cannon Falls 3-2 three weeks ago, but Austin Jacobs shut them down to keep the team alive. He struck out four in five innings; Johnson went two innings in relief.
"Montgomery was supposed to be a good hitting team, but Austin settled in, let his defense do the work, and gave us five excellent innings," Brintnall said.
Cannon opened the 3rd with a single by Tyler Wilson, a walk, and then a 2-RBI double by Peterson. Blakeslee drove in Peterson. The locals scored seven runs in the 4th.
Cannon plays Kenyon on Friday, July 26, at 2:30 p.m. in Cologne.