It was a fine finish to the season for Sibley East’s American Legion baseball team. The local post nine won two of three games this past weekend and finished third in the District tournament at Gaylord.
Sibley East stayed alive with victories over Montgomery and Cannon Falls. The black and gold then fell to Belle Plaine on Saturday evening. Sibley East finished with a record of 14-10.
Belle Plaine pushed Jordan to a second championship game Sunday only to fall in extra innings.
Jordan moves on to the state legion tournament which will be played this weekend in Dilworth, MN.
SE 7 Montgomery 6
A super sixth inning led Sibley East’s Legion baseballers to victory Friday. They rallied for four runs in the frame and stayed alive in the District tournament with a 7-6 win over Montgomery.
It was another good start for Sibley East which plated two runs in its first at-bat. Justin Rettmann opened the game with a double. It would be Sibley East’s only hit in the frame but the black and gold manufactured two runs.
Trailing 2-1, Montgomery plated three runs in the fifth frame. An error followed by three straight hits fueled that rally.
Montgomery would take a 6-2 advantage in the top of the sixth inning. Back-to-back doubles led to the two runs.
Sibley East would rally back and knot the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth.
Three straight free passes set the table for Matt Pichelmann who doubled to make it a 6-4 game. Ben Melsha promptly followed with a two run single to tie the game.
Sibley East then plated the game winner in the bottom of the seventh. Rettmann led off with a single and would eventually score on McKoy Rodning’s sacrifice fly.
Matt Pichelmann pitched the first five innings for Sibley East and yielded four earned runs on six hits. Justin Rettmann pitched in relief and set down six of the seven batters he faced.
SE 6 Cannon Falls 2
Another comeback enabled Sibley East to stave off elimination again Saturday afternoon as the black and gold defeated Cannon Falls 6-2.
Sibley East scored again in its first at-bat but found itself trailing 2-1 after four innings.
The black and gold would then rally for four runs in the fourth frame. Lucas Herd kicked off the rally with a single and eventually scored on McKoy Rodning’s base hit. Michael Bullert also singled in the rally while Ben Melsha’s double put Sibley East on top 5-2.
Sibley East would pick up an insurance run in the sixth inning. Justin Rettman led off the at-bat with a walk and scored on Erik Goetsch’s single.
Goetsch was the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings. The righthander struckout ten.
SE 5 Belle Plaine 7
Another fantastic start wasn’t enough for Sibley East on Saturday evening. The black and gold nine was eliminated from the District tournament following a 7-5 loss to Belle Plaine.
Sibley East broke out with three first inning runs. It marked the third time in five tournament games that Sibley East plated a trio of runs in the first inning.
McKoy Rodning highlighted the early run with a two run double. Lucas Herd also doubled in the first inning while Justin Rettmann and Ben Melsha contributed singles.
An Erik Goetsch double enabled Sibley East to snag a 4-1 advantage. Belle Plaine, with a double of its own, answered with one run in the bottom of the frame.
With only one hit, Belle Plaine managed to take the lead with a three run, fourth inning. The tournament’s #2 seed would add single runs in the fifth and sixth frames.
Sibley East meanwhile managed but one run over the final four innings. That came on a Goetsch home run. It was his second round-tripper of the tournament.
Matt Pichelmann pitched for Sibley East. He yielded five earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Pichelmann struckout three and walked four.