Posted 6/07/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Crosby’s American Legion baseball team erased a three-run deficit and scored twice in four separate turns at the plate to secure an 8-7 home- and season-opener win over Stanley.
The Cubs took the lead for good with a two-run fifth inning. With two outs, Joran Oien lined a single up the middle to start the rally. After Isaac Ellingson drew a walk, Aidan Eriksmoen hit a pitch deep to right field for a bases-clearing triple.
All nine Cubs had at least one base hit, and all eight of Crosby’s runs came with two out.
“We played about as well as I could have hoped for,” coach Monte Ellingson said. “Getting 12 hits and committing only two errors was fantastic.”
Aidan Eriksmoen, Tyler Deering and Tyler Harward each reached base three times.
Deering had the Cubs’ other extra-base hit, a sixth-inning double; Crosby loaded the bags with nobody out before Stanley switched pitchers and fanned the Oiens and Dejuan Jenkins.
That took the 8-7 score into the seventh inning, where Stanley put a runner on base with one out but failed to score.
Isaac Ellingson relieved starting pitcher Evan Eriksmoen in the top of the fifth and went on to toss 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball for his first Legion win. He entered the game with two runners on and a 3-1 count that became a walk but forced the next batter into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
Stanley was in control early after a five-run second inning, prior to three consecutive two-run innings by Crosby.
Keaton Oien singled in Deering and Harward in the third, and Deering and Alex Bailey drew bases-loaded walks in the fourth that plated Aidan Eriksmoen and Joran Oien for a 6-5 lead before Stanley tied the game in the top of the fifth to set up Aidan Eriksmoen’s heroics.
Harward had opened the scoring with two out in the bottom of the first by singling in Ellingson and Aidan Eriksmoen.
Crosby fell 13-5 in the second game. Keaton Oien had two hits.
Hazen pounded the Cubs on Monday, 24-0 and 15-0. Aidan Eriksmoen, Keaton Oien and Bradon Peterson had the lone hits.
“We faced a very good team in Hazen,” Monte Ellingson said. “They had three college baseball players on the team.”
The Cubs play Kidder County in Surrey on Wednesday and will be home Thursday to host Renville County at 5 p.m.
Hazen 24, Crosby 0
Crosby 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 3 7
Hazen 5 9 9 1 X -- 24 15 0
Batteries: Tyler Harward, Isaac Ellingson (2), Alex Bailey (4) and Bailey, Aidan Eriksmoen (4); Payton Leintz and Josh Snyder.
Home runs: Kyle Monroe.
Crosby 8, Stanley 7
Stanley 0 5 0 0 1 1 0 -- 7 7 3
Crosby 2 0 2 2 2 0 X -- 8 12 2
Batteries: Cody Ruden, Gaige Reep (6) and Reep, Ruden (6); Evan Eriksmoen, Isaac Ellingson (5) and Alex Bailey.