The Robbinsdale Westphal Post 251 Legion baseball team bounced back in a big way after dropping six of its first seven games by claiming the Andyman Tournament championship on June 30.
Post 251 went 5-0 in the tournament, which was held in Cologne and Norwood Young America from June 28-30. Robbinsdale Westphal defeated Hamline 6-0 to win the title on June 30.
Post 251 knocked off Washburn 8-4 in the semifinals and also added a 3-2 win over Excelsior Senior Legion 2, a 13-6 win over Clearwater Annandale Legion and a 17-3 win over Woodbury White Legion in pool play.
Ben Anderson pitched five shutout innings for Robbinsdale Westphal in a rain-shortened title game on June 30 at Fritz Field. He scattered five hits and struck out two to earn the win over Hamline.
Post 251 scored all six runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Jordan Page (2-for-3) started the scoring with an RBI single with two outs to knock home Jordan Lewis, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Patrick Brey (2-for-2) followed with a 2-run single to bring home Jack Major, who also reached on a fielder’s choice, and Page to make it 3-0.
Anderson was hit by a pitch, and Tyler Schell singled home Brey to make it 4-0.
Anderson later scored on an error, and Colin Spellman (2-for-3) capped the inning with an RBI single to bring home Schell.
Post 251 also had late-inning runs in the semifinals against Washburn on June 30, scoring five times in the bottom of the sixth to come back from a 4-3 deficit.
Spellman (2-for-2) doubled, and Lewis came in as a courtesy runner. Lewis later scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 4-4.
Major, Page and Brey then walked to load the bases, and Nathan Perttula doubled home Major and Page to make it 6-4.
Schell collected an RBI with a fielder’s choice that scored Brey, and Lewis later stole home to make it 8-4.
Major added RBIs in the second and fourth to bring home Lewis both times on a sacrifice fly, and Perttula (2-for-4) scored on a passed ball in the fifth.
Spellman earned the win. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and a walk in seven innings, striking out eight.
Robbinsdale Westphal 3, Excelsior 2
Zach Meyers, Lewis and Schell all scored runs, and Page added an RBI in a 3-2 win over Excelsior to open the Andyman Tournament on June 28.
Austin Bancroft earned the win with three scoreless innings, striking out one. Page started and allowed an earned run on three hits and six walks in four innings, striking out four.
Cole Lindstrom also had a double in the win.
Robbinsdale Westphal 13, Clearwater Annandale 6
Post 251 scored seven runs in the third and added four more runs in the fourth to hold off Clearwater Annandale 13-6 in the second game of pool play on June 29.
Perttula was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two doubles, and Schell was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Jacob Dwyer was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, and Anderson was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Spellman scored twice and added an RBI, and Matt Rader and Meyers also collected RBIs. Adam Biewen scored twice, and Lindstrom, Meyers and Lewis also scored runs.
Biewen earned the win. He struck out eight in five innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks.
Lindstrom allowed a hit and walk in one inning.
Robbinsdale Westphal 17, Woodbury 3
The offense started hot in a five-inning 17-3 shellacking of Woodbury White in the final pool game on June 29.
Post 251 scored nine times in the first inning and added eight runs in the second inning.
Brey was 2-for-2 with five RBIs, two runs scored and a home run, and Perttula was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a home run.
Bancroft added a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, and Anderson doubled and scored a run.
Thomas Warnke and Schell also had RBIs, and Rader scored twice and chipped in an RBI.
Page and Lewis each scored twice, and Major and Meyers also scored runs.
Schell earned the win. He allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings, striking out four. Bancroft allowed a hit and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings.