With only a couple of games to go, the Belle Plaine American Legion baseball team is looking for wins to place it in the best possible position entering the upcoming league playoffs.
Belle Plaine is hosting Le Sueur-Henderson tonight (July 11, 7 p.m.) and will complete the regular season with a non-league game against Chanhassen next Monday (July 16, 7 p.m.) at Tiger Park. The post-season tournament will be played in Le Sueur beginning July 20. Belle Plaine’s opponent and game time won’t be known until after next Monday’s regular-season finale.
Belle Plaine is 3-4 on the season, including splits against Montgomery, Waterville and Jordan.
Belle Plaine 2, Jordan 0
On June 22, Belle Plaine defeated Jordan, 2-0 at the Mini Met. Trevor Latzke pitched a complete game gem, allowing only four hits while striking out three. He issued four walks.
Belle Plaine scored the only run it would need in the top of the fifth inning. Jacob Meger hit a single and later scored when Jack Winders ripped a double, one of his two hits in the clash. He was the only Belle Plaine hitter with more than one hit.
Belle Plaine added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Jack Winders opened the frame with a base hit. He later scored when Ryan Diers singled with two outs.
Belle Plaine 3, Montgomery 2
Belle Plaine traveled to Montgomery June 21 and returned home with a 3-2 win.
The locals took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. With two out, Derek Dahlke was hit by a pitch. He scampered to third on Diers’ two-base hit. They both scored courtesy of a Montgomery error.
With Montgomery scoring its two runs in its last at-bat, Belle Plaine had scored what proved to be the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning. Chase Emmers was hit by a pitch, Dahlke singled, Diers reached base on a walk and Tommy Winders smacked a single, giving Belle Plaine a 3-0 lead.
Tommy Winders pitched the first five innings, allowing just one hit and walking one. Meger pitched the last two innings for Belle Plaine. He walked one and allowed two hits before striking out his second batter with Montgomery’s third run aboard.
LS-H 7, Belle Plaine 4
Belle Plaine faced a familiar nemesis and came out on the wrong end of a 7-4 decision June 19 at Le Sueur-Henderson.
LS-H won the game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a 4-3 Belle Plaine advantage.
Trailing 1-0, Belle Plaine took a 2-1 lead in the second frame. Meger reached base on a fielder’s choice and advanced on Jack Winders’ hit. Emmers then walked to load the bases. Cameron Klehr singled and Dahlke reached on an error to give Belle Plaine the lead.
Belle Plaine upped its lead to 3-1 in the fourth when Meger walked and later scored when Klehr reached base thanks to a LS-H error.
LS-H chipped into Belle Plaine’s lead, scoring its second run in the fifth. It tied the score 3-3 in the sixth inning.
LS-H’s four runs in the seventh came thanks to a walk, wild pitch, double and two Belle Plaine errors.
Jordan 9, Belle Plaine 2
Jordan scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings en route to a 9-2 victory this past Monday night at Tiger Park.
Latzke, who absorbed the loss, started on the mound for Belle Plaine before being relieved in the fourth inning by Jack Winders.