By Brad Augedahl
Caledonia Post 191 opened section play on Thursday July 25th vs Dodge Center. Dodge Center would score a run in the third to take the 1-0 lead. Tate Meiners would lead off the fourth inning with a single. He would steal second, advance to third on a passed ball and score on a Casey Storlie fly ball to tie the score. Meiners would lead off the sixth again with a single. He would steal second and advance to third on an Eric Augedahl infield single. Austin Klug would then drive in Meiners with an RBI groundout for a 2-1 lead. That would be enough to close out the game and the 2-1 win. Augedahl pitched the first three innings, allowing one run and striking out five. Meiners picked up the win, pitching the final 4 innings, allowing no runs, no hits and striking out 8. Cole Folsom and Meiners each had a pair of hits to lead the offense. With the win Caledonia would square off against LaCrescent on Saturday July 27th. LaCrescent would score a pair of runs in the first for a 2-0 lead. Payton Schott would lead off the home half of the first with a walk, steal second and score on a Tate Meiners single to cut the lead to 2-1. Post 191 would tie the score in the second inning as Tate Meiners would crack a single to score Jake Staggemeyer. The score would remain 2-2 heading into the sixth inning. LaCrescent would score four runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to finish with an 11-3 win. Storlie pitched five innings, allowing two runs and striking out 6. Meiners was 4-4 and Schott and Colby Mann each drew a pair of walks. With the loss Post 191 would again play Dodge Center in the losers bracket. Payton Schott would lead off the first with a hit. Meiners and Storlie would each follow with singles for a quick 2-0 lead. Jake Staggemeyer would lead off the fifth inning with a single. Schott would follow with a hit and Meiners would hit a double to score them both. Austin Klug would follow with and RBI single to complete the scoring in the 5-1 victory. Schott pitched a complete game, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 7. Meiners had 3 hits and Staggemeyer added a pair of hits to lead the offense. With the win, Post 191 advanced to the section final where they would need to defeat LaCrescent twice to advance to the state tourney. Schott would lead off game one with a single, Meiners would reach first after hitting into a fielders choice. Casey Storlie would then hit a double over the right fielders head for a 1-0 lead. The score would remain 1-0 heading into the sixth inning. Storlie would lead off the sixth with a triple. Eric Augedahl would follow with an RBI triple to score Storlie to push the lead to 2-0. That is all the runs starting pitcher Meiners would need as he shut down the LaCrescent offense in the 2-0 victory. Meiners pitched a complete game, allowing only 4 hits and striking out 5. Storlie had a double and triple, and Augedahl had a pair of hits, including a triple. With the win, Caledonia would again face LaCrescent in the true championship game. LaCrescent would score one in the top of the first for a 1-0 lead. Tate Meiners would walk with one out in the home half of the first. Storlie would follow with a long homerun over the right field fence to put Post 191 up 2-1. Jed Kasten would lead off the second with a double and score on a Meiners single for a 3-1 lead. Jake Staggemeyer led off the bottom of the fourth with a single. Payton Schott would walk and Tate Meiners would hit an infield single, which was thrown away at first base allowing Staggemeyer and Schott to score, Meiners would then score on an errant throw trying to throw him out at third for a 6-2 lead. LaCrescent would close the gap to 6-4 as we went to the home half of the sixth. Meiners would lead off with a single. Eric Augedahl would follow with a triple down the right field line to score Meiners. Austin Klug would crack and RBI single to score Augedahl and Colby Mann would follow with a base hit to score Klug as Caledonia now led 9-4. LaCrescent would add two more runs in the seventh and have the bases loaded as Post 191 recorded the final out in the 9-6 victory, sending them to the state tourney. Augedahl picked up the win throwing 6 innings and striking out 7. Meiners recorded one out in the seventh and Klug got the final two outs. Meiners was 3-3 and scored 3 times. Augedahl was 3-4 with a double and triple, Storlie had a 2 run HR, and Kasten had a double.
Post 191 will open state tournament action against Luverne on Friday August 2nd at 4:00 in Ely, Minn.