Milbank’s American Legion Post 9 baseball team secured three victories during the weekend of June 4-6 to clinch the Arnold Larson Memorial Tournament title. In game one, Post 9 played the Claremont Honkers. Claremont got on the board early by scoring three runs in the top of the first, but Milbank answered right away by scoring four of their own. Milbank’s offense was led by Kaden Krause and Kellen Hoeke. Each connected for big hits in that inning.
Both teams went without scoring in the second, but Milbank added one more run in the bottom of the third after Merik Junker scored on a sacrifice fly from Cole Swenson. Milbank would go on to score five more runs in the last two innings enroute to a victory over the Honkers.
Mikey Karges got the win on the mound. He pitched four innings, gave up three runs and struck out nine batters. Post 9’s offense was led by Merik Junker who had two hits. He was followed by Kaden Krause, Kellen Hoeke, Micah Dietmeier, and Justus Osborne — all added one hit apiece.
In game two, Post 9 took on Warner-Ipswich-Northville. WIN scored first, but Milbank put four runs on the board sparked by doubles from Micah Dietmeier, Merik Junker, and Mikey Karges and a triple from Cole Swenson. Both teams had a scoreless second inning and each scored one run in the third. Milbank’s bats got hot in the bottom of the fourth. They tacked on three more runs buoyed by an RBI single from Micah Dietmeier. Milbank would score one more in the fifth to end their scoring, but they also managed to hold off a late rally from WIN, who cleared the fence with a couple of late inning long balls.
Justus Osborne got the win on the mound for Post 9. He went four innings. He gave up only two hits, two runs, and struck out 10 batters. Milbank’s offense was led by Micah Dietmeier. Dietmeier recorded two hits and knocked in two runs.
In the championship game, Post 9 faced their toughest task of the season so far. They took on the American Legion team from Volga.
Milbank’s offense didn’t get hot until the third inning. They scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning led by a two-RBI double from Stevie Ash. Milbank would score one more in the bottom of the fourth when Cole Swenson scored off a groundout to the first baseman during Dietmeier’s at-bat. The locals added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth led by a long double from Sage Locke. Milbank would hold off Volga’s late rally in the top of the seventh to secure the 10-6 victory.
Kaden Krause earned the win on the mound for Post 9. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up three hits, three runs, and struck out 12 batters. Milbank’s bats were led by Cole Swenson and Stevie Ash. The duo had two hits and knocked in two runs each.