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Springfield moves on to semifinals at D II state tourney

NEW LONDON — The Springfield Legion baseball team won both its games at the Division II Legion baseball tournament on Friday, beating Pine Island 2-0 and BOLD 5-3. Tanner Vogel had a solo home run in the fifth inning to spark Springfield against Pine Island. Isaac Fink got the win on the ...

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New Ulm Brewers starting pitcher Wade French winds up to deliver a pitch during the Brewers playoff game against Gibbon on Friday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Brewers beat Reds 14-8 in Game 1

NEW ULM — in the second inning of the New Ulm Brewers’ Tomahawk East League playoff game against the Gibbon Reds on Friday night at Johnson Park, J.T. Hoffmann rapped a three-run double for a three-run lead. In the eighth inning, with the Reds having cut a six-run lead to two, Hoffmann ...

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Sean Doyle of Wells slides into home before the tag of Sleepy Eye catcher Nathan Walter on Thursday in Mankato.
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Errors mar Sleepy Eye VFW in 5-2 loss to Wells

MANKATO — Errors plagued the Sleepy Eye VFW baseball team in its 5-2 loss to Wells in its opening game of the VFW District 2 tournament on Thursday at Franklin Rogers Ballpark in Mankato. Post 800 committed four errors — two of which led to runs on the scoreboard for Wells. “We gave ...

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New Ulm VFW Gold pitcher Braden Zimmerman tosses a pitch during New Ulm’s playoff win against Blue Earth on Thursday in Mankato.
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New Ulm Gold gets going late in beating Blue Earth 15-1

By Travis Rosenau Journal Sports Writer MANKATO — It took New Ulm VFW Gold a few innings to start putting runs on the board against Blue Earth. But when the runs and hits started to pile up, they really piled up as New Ulm clobbered Blue Earth 15-1 in Thursday’s opening District 2 VFW ...

MSF Class 14AAA state tourney set for this weekend in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The Minnesota Soorts Federation (MSF) Class 14AAA Youth Baseball 2017 state tournament begins Saturday morning at Johnson and Mueller Parks in New Ulm and at the Essig baseball park. Teams from New Ulm, Northfield, Albert Lea, Mankato, Shoreview, Farmington, Pierz, Elgin, ...

New Ulm Brewers cruise in Tuesday night victory

NEW ULM ­–– Andrew Peters banged out three hits including his first home run in amateur baseball as the New Ulm Brewers topped LeSueur 16-7 Tuesday night in a non-league game at Johnson Park. Jordan Fischer got the win for the Brewers. He was the second of four pitchers used by New Ulm ...

Column: ‘Can’t you read the signs?’

NEW ULM — The group Five Man Electrical Band released a song titled “Signs” in 1971. Now for all of you baby boomers who were around when that song was released like me, you probably know most of the lyrics. And some of you have more than likely heard it on an oldies station. The last ...

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New Ulm VFW Noah Hauge lays down a bunt during a recent game at Johnson Park in New Ulm.

SE Post 800 captures Northwest Subdistrict championship

NEW ULM — Sleepy Eye Post 800 scored single runs in the first and second innings, and righthander Nick Labat made those two runs hold up, as Sleepy Eye captured the Northwest Subdistrict championship by blanking New Ulm VFW Gold 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Johnson Park. New Ulm had forced a ...

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Front Row: Jevan Richert, Mason Rummel, Tanner Vogel, Justin Haugo, Nolan Hovland
Back Row: Coach Carter Erickson, Noah Solmonson, Hunter Mathiowetz, Branden Flock, Joe Kaseforth, Isaac Fink, Ivan Hovland, Henry Scheitel, Decker Scheffler.

Springfield Legion advances to State

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield American Legion Post 257 will advance to the State Legion playoffs after their 4-to-1 victory over Wabasso. The last time the Springfield American Legion Baseball team participated in the State Legion playoffs was in 1999. Isaac Fink was the winning pitcher ...

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New Ulm Legion Gold starting pitcher Kasey Kuck tosses a pitch during Gold’s playoff loss to Jordan Saturday in Sleepy Eye.
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Jordan eliminates Legion Gold from playoffs

SLEEPY EYE — This past spring, Jordan’s Marshall Mazanec went 3-1 on the mound for Rochester Community College. On Saturday, the righthanded submarine pitcher allowed just five hits to New Ulm Gold as Jordan eliminated the No. 2 seeded Post 132 4-0 in a Sub-State 2 Legion baseball ...

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New Ulm VFW Gold’s Zachary Helget touches home plate to score a run on a squeeze play during New Ulm’s playoff game against Hutchinson Saturday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Hillesheim shines as VFW Gold wins

NEW ULM — New Ulm VFW Gold starting pitcher Alex Hillesheim set the tone early on. With his breaking ball working, Hillesheim fired strike after strike. Hillesheim’s first 13 pitches were strikes and he kept his defense off the field. VFW Gold advanced to Sunday’s play in the ...

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Nick Labat of Sleepy Eye slides into third during a playoff game against Glencoe Saturday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Domeier delivers for Sleepy Eye VFW in 3-2 victory

NEW ULM — Sleepy Eye Post 800’s Kyle Domeier was the hero on Saturday against Glencoe with a walk-off RBI single in the eighth inning. Post 800 defeated Glencoe 3-2 to advance to play New Ulm VFW Gold at noon on Sunday at Johnson Park. After trailing 1-0 after two innings and not ...

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New Ulm Legion Gold’s Andrew Peters dives into second ahead of the ball as Mankato American second baseman Alex Turner waits for the ball Friday in Sleepy Eye.
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Legion Gold advances in Substate playoffs

SLEEPY EYE — After a few adjustments, New Ulm Gold was able to settle in and tee off. No. 2-seeded Gold pinned four unanswered runs in eliminating No. 6-seeded Mankato American with a 7-4 win in the Division I, Substate 2 Legion baseball tournament on Friday in Sleepy Eye. New Ulm ...

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New Ulm VFW Gold shortstop Noah Hauge jumps up to catch a line drive during a playoff game against Glenco Friday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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VFW Gold avoids elimination with win in playoffs

NEW ULM — After New Ulm VFW Gold lost a tough 2-0 game to Dassel Thursday night, there was a question on how New Ulm would respond. The answer did not take long. New Ulm scored twice in both the first and second innings and then added four runs in the third as Gold put it in cruise ...

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Sleepy Eye’s Landon Strong tries to avoid the tag by jumping over the Dassel third baseman during VFW playoff action Friday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Post 800 blanks Dassel in VFW playoffs

NEW ULM — Sleepy Eye Post 800 handled Dassel in a 7-0 shutout on Friday night at Johnson Park. With the victory, Sleepy Eye will meet the winner of Glencoe vs. Dassel at 7 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Park. Post 800 improved on Thursday’s 11 men left on base. This time they cut the ...

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Sleepy Eye's Kyle Windschitl drives a pitch during a recent game in Sleepy Eye.

Mankato American knocks Sleepy Eye out of legion playoffs

STARK TOWNSHIP — Mankato American scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning and used that momentum to defeat Sleepy Eye Legion 11-1 in seven innings on Thursday at the Sub-state playoffs at Stark. The loss ends Sleepy Eye’s season at 7-16. Mankato scored three runs in the ...

Sleepy Eye VFW slips by Hutch

NEW ULM — Sleepy Eye VFW Post 800 collected hits in every inning but the second, but it was a costly wild pitch that gave them the key run in a 2-1 win over Hutchinson VFW 15 on Thursday at Johnson Park. With the Northwest Sub-District playoff win, Post 800 plays at 7 p.m. Friday against ...

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New Ulm Legion Blue center fielder Landon Depew throws the ball in after making a catch as Faribault's Sam Graves tries to get back to second during playoff action Thursday in Stark.
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Legion Blue goes 1-1 and is eliminated

STARK TOWNSHIP — The New Ulm Legion Blue baseball team was defeated in the second round of the Sub-State 2 elimination bracket by Jordan 16-6 in eight innings on Thursday. Earlier in the day New Ulm defeated Faribault 8-7 in the first round of the elimination bracket. Against Faribault, ...

NU VFW Silver drops 2 games, gets eliminated

GAYLORD — New Ulm VFW Silver lost twice in the Southeast Sub-district baseball playoffs on Thursday and was eliminated from competition. In the first game, Silver lost to Hutchinson 14-0. Silver then lost the second game to Le Sueur 8-0. Cole Backer took the loss in the first game and ...

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Christopher Pipes of the Mankato National slides into home under the tag of New Ulm Legion Gold starting pitcher Cooper Forbrook during a playoff game Thursday in Sleepy Eye.
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Legion Gold rally falls short

SLEEPY EYE — New Ulm Gold nearly entered Friday’s action of the Division I, Substate 2 Legion baseball tournament undefeated. However, New Ulm fell short of its comeback attempt against top-seeded Mankato National in losing 11-10 on Thursday at Sleepy Eye Ballpark. Gold beat Jordan 3-1 ...

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