It wasn’t the state title they all looked for, having been the center returning to secondary school ball.
Yet, the Willmar Post 167 will readily acknowledge the third-place prize.
Willmar beat Foley 12-2 on Sunday at Joe Faber Field. The triumph gave Post 167 a third-place finish in the 94th Division I American Legion Baseball Tournament.
Post 167 wraps up the season with a 16-5 record having played six competition games since Thursday. Willmar progressed to the title section in the wake of getting done with a 2-1 record in pool play, adequate to procure a second seed from its pool.
It then, at that point beat Tri-City Red 8-2 on Saturday morning in the quarterfinals to progress to the elimination rounds Saturday evening, where it lost to Osseo 10-5.
Willmar’s Sam Etterman will take it, in light of everything.
“Unquestionably,” Etterman said.
Like the remainder of his Post 167 partners, he saw the secondary educational season end with a first-round state misfortune to St. Thomas Academy, 16-9. Also, that was that.
“Just to get a little farther in the state competition is truly pleasant,” Etterman said subsequent to pitching Willmar past Tri-City Red, a group comprised of players from Mounds View High School. “We’re unquestionably eager to have two additional games in state.”
Osseo, which had five 2020 secondary school graduates on the program, finished Willmar’s title run.
“I’m invigorated, but on the other hand I’m disillusioned in myself,” Willmar lead trainer Doug Ruter said after the Tri-City triumph.
Willmar was refered to for abusing the pitch tally rule. Ruter eliminated Etterman after six magnificent innings, getting Hunter Magnuson. Manguson tossed one pitch and recorded an out when competition authorities were called to the field by Tri-City Red.
It just so happens, Magnuson had tossed 46 pitches Thursday. In secondary school baseball, the standard is one finished vacation day subsequent to having tossed 50 throws or less. In army ball, be that as it may, the standard is 45.
“I didn’t realize that,” said Ruter, who assumed full liability for misconstruing the pitch-tally rule.
Ruter was shot out from the game, as was Magnuson. Etterman then, at that point returned to polish off the success, recording two of his nine strikeouts.
The senior-to-be at Willmar was inquired as to whether he had at any point come in to ease for himself previously.
“Never,” he said cheerfully. “That was a first.”
With the success over Foley, Willmar wraps up one of its best baseball seasons for secondary young parts in its set of experiences, procuring a Central Lakes Conference title and state Class 3AA competition compartment and taking third in the state army competition.
It additionally denotes the finish of four players’ secondary school/army vocations: catcher/pitcher/third baseman Dylan Arndorfer, first baseman/pitcher Andrew Baumgart, Magnuson, a third baseman/pitcher, and outfielder/pitcher Jett Salonek.
“It will be truly hard to supplant them, everybody of them,” Ruter said. “They’ve achieved a great deal.”