Grand Rapids American Legion Post 60 had to work back through the loser’s bracket after losing game 2 to Nisswa but won on Friday and 2 more wins on Saturday to qualify for the Legion state tournament. Here are summaries of the final 3 games.

7/22  vs Duluth Lakeview (Duluth East)
                 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E   LOB

GR            0   1   0   0   3   2   0   1   3   10  10  0    15

Lakeview    0   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0    2   6   3    15

WP – Jack Bowman in relief of John Baker

Bowman 6 2/3 IP, 1 Run, 5 Hits, 6 K, 6 BB, 2 HBP

Baker 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 Hit, 3 K, 3 BB

John Baker 3-4, RBi, 3 Runs

Nick Johnson 2-3, 2 BB, 2 Runs

Lane Gerber doubled in Ethan Rajala to tie the game in the 5th and move Evan Mischke to 3rd. Mischke then scored the eventual game winning run on a wild pitch.

7/23 Championship Saturday

Gm 1 vs Nisswa (Brainerd)
               1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E   LOB

Nisswa     1   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   1   5   12  3    5

GR           2   0   0   1   0   0   0   2   1   6   10  0    10

WP – Lane Gerber in relief of Tanner Shepard

Gerber 3 IP, 1 R, 5 Hits, 3 K

Shepard 6 IP, 6 IP, 4 R, 7 Hits, 1 K

6th – With GR leading 3- 1 NIsswa scores 3 runs on 4 hits. Braden Borg had a 2 run single to put Nisswa ahead

Bottom 8th- GR scores 2 when with 1 out Jack Bowman is HBP. Evan Mischke singles him to 2nd. And with 2 outs Brooks Bachmann hits a huge clutch double off the leftfield fence to score Bowman and Mischke to give Rapids a 5-4 lead.

Top 9 NIsswa- Tristan Brecht leadoff double and scores to tie it on a Cole Kubish single.

Bottom of 9th GR – John Baker leads off and reaches when the ss couldn’t handle the hot shot. Baker then steals 2nd. Tanner Shepard then singles him home for the game winning run.

Brooks Bachmann 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, Run

Tanner Shepard 2-5, 1 RBI – GW Hit

Evan Mischke 2-4

Substate 10 Championship Game vs Lakeview


                   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E   LOB

GR              3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   2    5   12  0    9

Lakeview      0   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   1    3   8   4    10

Top 1 GR – Brooks Bachmann led off reaching on an error by the 3rd baseman. Nick Johnson bunted him to 2nd. John Baker doubled Bachmann home for the first run. With 2 outs Ethan Rajala singled scoring Baker from 2nd. Mike Heitkamp reached on an error moving Rajala to 3rd. Jack Bowman then singled to score Rajala with the 3rd run.

Bot 3 L- 1 run on a walk, a hit, a wp and a sac fly.

Bot 6 L- 1 run. With the bases loaded no out, Nick Johnson entered the game to pitch in relief of Lane Gerber and struckout the first batter he faced. A ground out to first scored a run and a grounball to Bachmann at ss ended the threat.

Top 9 GR – Lane Gerber singled. After failing twice to get a bunt down Bachmann singled with an 0-2 count moving Gerber to 2nd. NIck Johnson then bunted them to 2nd and 3rd. John Baker then singled in the eventual game winning run and a huge insurance run.

Bot 9 L- One run on a walk and a hit. With a man on first and the tying run at the plate Johnson got the last out to ground out to Gerber at third.

WP – Lane Gerber 5 IP, 2 Runs, 6 Hits, 1 K, 3 BB

Save – Nick Johnson 4 IP, 1 Run, 2 Hits, 4 K, 1 BB

Brooks Bachmann 3-5, 2 Runs

John Baker 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 1 Run

Jack Bowman 2-4, 1 RBI

Ethan Rajala 1-5, 1 Run, 1 RBI

Lane Gerber 1-1 1 Run

Post 60 is now 20-13 on the season and advances on to play at 10 AM on Friday in Delano vs Princeton in the 16 team double elimination State Tournament.