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VS Legion tripped up at Upper Midwest Classic
Post 131 goes 1-3 against Minnesota, Nebraska teams
By Staff reports

July 12. 2013 9:53AM
Post 131 faced some new opposition in the 20-team Upper Midwest Classic played over the weekend in four Minnesota communities, including Essig, where Valley Springs collected a win and a loss, and at Searles and New Ulm, where Post 131 suffered two additional losses.

“We squeaked out the first one by one run when Cole VanderBeek was hit by a pitch with bases loaded,” said Valley Springs head coach Grnt Hieb.

VS 1, Apple Valley, Minn. 0
Valley Springs didn’t provide Tommy Gardner with much support, but he didn’t need much. Gardner pitched seven strong innings to carry Post 131 to a 1-0 win over Apple Valley, Minn., in seven innings on Friday at Essig, Minn.

Valley Springs held Apple Valley without a run while Gardner was on the bump. He pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on six hits while ringing up one.

Jacob Bruget got a hit in each of his three at bats. He singled in the second and fourth innings and doubled in the fifth inning.

The fourth inning saw Valley Springs score its only run on the day when Cole VanderBeek was hit by a pitch.

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VS – Tommy Gardner and Jacob Mulder

VS 2, Kenyon, Minn. 6
Jacob Bruget did all he could to give Valley Springs a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past Kenyon, Minn., as Post 131 lost 6-2 in seven innings at Essig, Friday evening.
“We couldn’t get anything going offensively, and basically the whole day,” Hieb said.

Bruget reached base two times. He scored one run and had one RBI. He homered in the second inning.

Sathrum got the win for Kenyon. He allowed two runs over seven innings. Sathum struck out three Valley Springs batters, walked three and gave up five hits.

Kenyon was sparked by Alex Roosen and Greseth, who teamed up for six hits and four RBIs.

The bottom of the first saw Valley Springs take an early 1-0 lead. Cole VanderBeek kicked things off for Post 131 with a single. Jacob Adams then stole home.

The game’s last lead went to Kenyon, thanks to a third inning rally that saw one cross the plate on an RBI double.

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Kenyon – 021 030 0 – 6 8 3

VS – Jared Mulder, Derek Johnson (6) and Jacob Mulder

VS 3, Creighton, Neb. 10
Despite Jacob Adams’ 2-for-4 performance at the plate Saturday, Valley Springs Post 131 took a 10-3 loss at the hands of Creighton Prep, Neb., at Searles, Minn.

Division 1-bound Jeff Albrecht recorded the win for Creighton. He allowed one run over five innings, striking out 11, walking four and giving up two hits.

Emodi, Allen, Thompson and Hechtner helped Creighton. They combined for eight hits and six RBIs.

The Nebraska team added three more runs in the bottom of the third. A sacrifice fly scored Emodi for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Thompson’s two-run blast, plating Huelskamp.

Creighton increased its lead with four runs in the fifth. Allen homered to start the inning and was followed by Hechtner’s single, plating Thompson and Kudlacz.

Two Valley Springs runs crossed the plate in the top half of the seventh, making the score 10-3. An RBI single by Adams and a groundout by Tommy Gardner set off the Valley Springs rally before Garrett Got Lucas Lunstra to fly out to end the game.

“They beat us up a little bit,” Hieb said. “They’re a good team who threw a good pitcher, but if you’re going to be good, you’ve got to get past the big pitchers.”

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VS – Nic Peterson, Luke Bauske (5) and Jacob Mulder, Alec Finch (6)
VS 1, Chaska, Minn. 2
Jacob Bruget allowed just two runs on Saturday at New Ulm, Minn., but Post 131 couldn’t get the offense going in a 2-1 defeat to Chaska, Minn.

Roskam got the win in relief for Chaska. He pitched four innings and allowed no runs.
The bottom of the first saw Chaska take a 1-0 lead. A triple by Scmidt, plating Tewes started the inning off.

Chaska didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the sixth inning when it scored the winning run.

“This was a very winnable game,” said Hieb, whose team out-hit Chaska 7-2, but left 11 runners on base. “We just couldn’t get any timely hits. Hopefully we can clean up our defense and win some of these close ones.”

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VS – Jacob Bruget and Alec Finch

Valley Springs, now 17-17 on the year, plays at Yankton at 6:30 p.m. tonight and travels to Eagan, Minn., for a three-day tournament starting Friday. Valley Springs will face East Ridge, Minn., at 11 a.m. and Papillon North, Neb., at 1:30 p.m. Saturday’s lineup includes a 1:30 p.m. game against Andover, Minn., and a 4 p.m. meeting with the host team, Eagan. Post 131 wraps up the tournament Sunday morning at 8:30 against Detroit Lakes, Minn. The team returns to Legion Park in Valley Springs for a double header at 6 and 8 p.m. July 17.

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Tommy Gardner pitched a shutout for Valley Springs against Apple Valley, Minn., in their opening game of the Upper Midwest Classic Tournament. Gardner allowed no runs on six hits in his seven innings of work. Photo by Jill Meier

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