Legion Baseball: East Ridge wins in extra innings
The East Ridge Legion baseball team had the first laugh on Saturday afternoon’s game, but also had the last laugh.
It was a 3-2 final score in favor of the Raptors over the St. Paul Park Legion team.
“It was an exciting game,” said East Ridge head coach Aaron Rau. “I’m just proud of our players to come out with the win.”
East Ridge scored two runs in the first inning with a groundout by Roman Newinski scoring Joe Trollen. A little later, Ryan Thelen bounced into a fielder’s choice scoring Tanner Stafne.
That 2-0 lead stayed the same for the next seven innings until Park needed runs to continue the game. In the bottom of the seventh, the Wolfpack tied the game at 2-2 to make the game go into extra innings.
“It’s good to see the players facing these types of situations,” Rua said. “These will be important for later on in the season.”
After a shutout eighth inning for both teams, East Ridge went into the top of the ninth wanting to earn a run and end this game. That became a reality when Jonathan Biddick singled to left field and scored Thelen.
After taking the 3-2 lead in the top of the inning, Evan Molin continued his shutout inning in the eighth into the ninth to close out the game. He pitched two scoreless innings giving up only one hit and two strikeouts.
Molin was one of three pitchers for the East Ridge Raptors in this game. The Raptors started the game with Ryan Parker who pitched the first five innings giving up zero runs, two hits, six walks and striking out four batters.
After Parker, Drew Jakubik pitched two innings giving up two runs with only one being earned and striking out three batters.
“All of our pitchers did well and it only helps with future games,” Rua said.
The win brought East Ridge’s record to 3-1 in the early part of the season, but these one-run wins are helping the Raptors in Rau’s eyes. Especially at the end of the season.
“I’m happy with how this team has come together early in the season,” Rua said. “It should be a fun upcoming season.”