The Princeton Post 216 Legion baseball season came to an end after falling to Tri City Gold by a score on 15-14 on July 26 in Sub State 13 playoffs at Kispert Field in Richfield.
In a very high scoring game, in which pitchers found getting outs to be difficult, the Tigers found themselves down 12-4 after four innings but were able to battle all the way back to get within a single run going into the seventh inning.
After allowing three runs in the top of the seventh, Princeton answered with three runs of their own. With the tying run on third base, Tri City Gold was able to get the last out, eliminating the Tigers from the playoffs.
“It was a very sloppy game by both sides,” said head coach Jordan Neubauer. “I think if we played them again, we would have beat them,” continued Neubauer.
Tim Weesly was able to get the offense going as he finished with three doubles and three runs scored. Reid St. George led the way with three RBIs among many other Tigers who had good days at the plate.
The Tigers began playoffs on July 23 as they faced Holy Angels. Princeton was able to secure a 3-0 victory behind a strong game from St. George as he was able to pitch a complete game shutout advancing his team to face number one seeded Richfield the following day.
In the double elimination playoff format, the Tigers lost 5-2 against Richfield. Princeton was limited to only 1 hit in the game as the offense struggled to score. Tristan Scheffel picked up the lone RBI for Princeton.
Mitchell Krone started on the mound and took the loss. Krone pitched four and 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, while picking up nine strikeouts but allowing six walks. The loss set up the elimination game against Tri City Gold which the Tigers ultimately lost.
The Minneapolis Lakers were able to win the Sub-State 13 Tournament as they beat Richfield to advance to the Legion State Tournament.
Coming into the next season, Neubauer will look to build off the positive from the legion season.
“It was a good year all around, a lot of guys stepped up as pitchers like Krone, (Ethan) Beltrand and Scheffel who will all be back next year and we will look to build off of this heading into the spring,” stated Neubauer. The Tigers will begin baseball activities again next spring.