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Ethan Beltrand takes a swing against St. Francis pitching. Princeton lost the first game in extra innings by a score of 6-5. 

The Princeton Legion baseball team dropped two heart breakers to the St Francis Saints at St. Francis on July 11. Both games went to extra innings, game one had a final score of 6-5 and game two was 8-7.

In the first game of the double header Princeton was able to jump out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the second inning, however the Saints battled back to take a 4-3 lead at the end of two.

Reid St. George started on the mound for the legion team and was able to settle down to go on to finish his outing after six innings pitched, only allowing those four runs in the second.

Princeton answered back right away to tie the game up at four apiece as the score remained that way until the top of the eighth inning.

After escaping a bases- loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh, Mitchell Krone relieved St. George and was able to get a pop up and swinging strike-out to end the threat. Princeton had a lead-off single accompanied by three wild pitches giving them the lead at 5-4.

But once again, St. Francis would not go quietly as it was able to load the bases yet again.

Krone was a pitch away from escaping the jam with two outs in the inning but a slow rolling single plus a throwing error gave the Saints the walk off win in extra innings 6-5.

“It was a very tough way to lose the game,” head coach Jordan Neubauer said.

In the second game of the double header, St Francis was the team who jumped out to the early lead as they had a 5-0 lead after two. The Tigers came all the way back from the early deficient but once again would fall in extra innings.

Jesse Zimmer, manager of the legion team, was not happy with the result but proud of the effort his team showed. “They had that early 5-0 lead, but we didn’t give up, and battled back to make a game out of it,” stated Zimmer.

The Princeton Legion baseball team will look to bounce back as they take on North Branch on July 16, then will go on to play in the 50th annual Princeton American Legion baseball tournament beginning on July 19. Princeton plays at 8 p.m. against Rogers at Mark Park. The Tigers are guaranteed to play three games during the three day tournament with times depending on wins or losses.

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