Posted 7/19/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Crosby’s American Legion baseball team couldn’t cash in on any of six baserunners Thursday, as Hazen took the regular-season finale for both teams, 15-0, at Vournas Field.
Hazen (24-2, 19-1 West Region) blew the game open with a 12-run fifth inning, but it was Astros pitcher Payton Leintz that led the way with a complete-game three-hit shutout.
“Hazen is a very good team, tops in our region,” Crosby coach Monte Ellingson said. “We are still not hitting the ball very well.”
Kyle Monroe connected for a two-run homer in the fifth off of relieving pitcher Alex Bailey for the game’s final two runs.
Evan Eriksmoen pitched the first four innings and allowed just three runs. But the Cubs (3-17, 3-23) couldn’t come up with timely hits, their best opportunity coming with runners on second and third base and one out in the first inning.
“Evan did a great job on the mound,” Ellingson said. “With the tournament coming up on Tuesday, I didn’t want to push his arm any further.”
Crosby took on Hettinger in the region tournament’s first round Tuesday after press time.
Hazen also won the second game Thursday, 17-4. Bailey, Aidan Eriksmoen and Joran Oien each had an RBI.
Cubs defeat Stanley, 7-2
Under rainy conditions in Stanley on Tuesday last week, the Cubs defeated the host Blue Jays 7-2.
“I was very proud of the kids,” Monte Ellingson said. “With a 30 mph wind blowing the rain straight into the dugout, everybody was soaked to the bone. Not one complaint! The kids were on a mission to win.”
Bailey got Crosby on the board in the first, singling in Evan Eriksmoen, and the Cubs upped the lead to 3-0 in the second. After Isaac Ellingson reached via error, Keaton Oien doubled him home and scored on a Bradon Peterson double.
The Blue Jays cut into the visitors’ lead with a run in their half of the second before the Cubs added two more in the third to make it a 5-1 contest. Ellingson singled in Evan Eriksmoen with the bases loaded, and Tyler Harward scored on an error.
Stanley got another run in the fourth, but Bailey and Joran Oien scored in the fifth, after which the game was deemed complete due to the rain.
Ellingson has been the winning pitcher in all three of Crosby’s victories so far this year. He allowed five hits, walked three and hit a batter in five innings.
“Isaac did a good job throwing the ball over the plate,” Monte Ellingson said. “It was difficult to hold onto the slippery ball, and the landing spot for his foot was pure slop.”
Bailey and Joran Oien were the lone Cubs with more than one hit in the contest, as they each recorded two singles. Evan Eriksmoen also reached base twice and scored a pair of runs.
Hazen 15, Crosby 0
Hazen 0 3 0 0 12 -- 15 13 0
Crosby 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 3 7
Batteries: Payton Leintz and Josh Snyder; Evan Eriksmoen, Alex Bailey (5) and Bailey, Eriksmoen (5).
Home runs: Kyle Monroe.
Crosby 7, Stanley 2
Crosby 1 2 2 0 2 -- 7 8 3
Stanley 0 1 0 1 0 -- 2 5 5
Batteries: Isaac Ellingson and Alex Bailey; Mason Rice and Ryan Nesheim.
West Region Standings
W L W L
Hazen 19 1 24 2
Surrey 18 2 27 4
Kidder County 15 5 15 7
Renville County 12 8 13 11
Bismarck 12 8 16 10
Burlington 9 11 10 14
Hettinger 8 12 10 12
Makoti 7 13 7 15
Garrison 4 16 6 20
Crosby 3 17 3 23
Stanley 3 17 4 18