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Wadena Legion suffer losses to Paynesville, Sebeka to end post-season

Wadena American Legion Post 171 reliever Kyle Kern delivers a pitch in Thursday's District 6 tournament game.1 / 2
Wadena's Isaac Laughlin draws a bead on a pitch in Thursday afternoon's District 6 American Legion tournament game with Paynesville in Browerville.2 / 2

The Wadena Legion baseball team lost two of it's three games, ending it's post-season with a record of 11-10.

In the first round of playoffs, Wadena faced Paynesville, who came out strong and made a lot of plays to secure the win, 11-1. Christian Berg threw a lot of strikes, but Paynesville managed to connect. Berg is credited with the loss, allowing 8 runs, 3 walks and striking out 2 before giving up the mound to Kyle Kern, who allowed 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 runs.

Isaac Laughlin scored the lone run for the legion in the fourth inning.

Wadena 000 100 - 1 7 4

Paynesville 040 223 - 11 12 1

WP - Jordan Roos; LP - Christian Berg

Wadena Legion bests Annandale 6-5

In the second round of playoffs, the Wadena Legion was matched with Annandale. Pitcher Joe Wallgren kept the mound and is credit with the win, allowing 7 hits, 3 walks and 2 runs. Notable hitters for Wadena included Mitch Swanson, who was 3-for-3 with a triple, scoring 2 runs. Jake Krause was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and a RBI. Kyle Kern walked and scored a run as well.

"Joe Wallgren threw a gem for us. We were able to wiggle out of several different jams that could have really broke the game open for Annandale. I was very proud of the way the guys came back after a tough loss in game 1 of this District Tournament. We played sound defense, threw strikes and hit the ball," Coach Kevin Tumberg said.

Wadena 220 020 x - 6 8 4

Annandale 100 001 3 - 5 10 1

WP - Joe Wallgren; LP - unknown

Wadena Legion ends season with 10 - 9 loss to Sebeka

In a season-ending third round of playoffs, Wadena Legion lost a close game to Sebeka, 10-9. Mike Behl started on the mound, pitching two innings and allowing 5 hits, 4 walks and 7 runs before Christian Berg took over pitching duties. Berg allowed 5 hits, 2 walks and 3 runs. Zac Schertler ended the game on the mound, allowing 2 hits, no runs and striking out 2.

"The lack of strikes hurt us early in this game," Coach Kevin Tumberg said. "We issued 6 free passes in the first three innings and four of those were converted into runs. When you give up seven runs in the first two innings, it's tough to come back."

Wadena did come back, however, scoring 4 in the third inning, 1 in the fourth and 3 in the sixth to make it a one-run game.

Jake Dykhoff was 2-for-4, scoring 2 runs. Zac Schertler was also 2-for-4 with 2 runs. Wyatt Weber reached base four times, also scoring 2 runs.

Wadena ended their season 11-10.

"Any time you can finish above .500 in summer ball, you have to be satisfied. The high school season didn't go as planned, so to come back this summer and win some games is a big high for some momentum going into next season," Tumberg said.

Wadena 104 103 0 - 9 10 4

Sebeka 343 000 x - 10 12 3

WP - Meyers; LP - Behl