By STUART GROSKREUTZ
It has been all or nothing for the Stillwater Legion baseball team through seven games this summer. Just one of Post #48’s games has been decided by fewer than six runs – an 8-7 loss to Eagan on Sunday.
Stillwater (3-4) opened the season with an 11-6 loss to Apple Valley on June 11, followed by a 15-5 triumph over East Ridge in six innings two days later.
Aaron Romportl and Connor Johnston each delivered three hits and Andy Peterson allowed just two earned runs in six innings against in Game 1 of the doubleheader against East Ridge, which bounced back with a 16-1 win over Post #48 in the nightcap. Matt Fronczak and Alex Haas notched Stillwater’s only two hits in the Game 2 setback.
Post #48 collected two victories to open the Eagan Tournament on June 15, a 7-1 victory over Prior Lake II and a 7-1 win over St. James. Trevor Dudar allowed just five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in the complete game win over Prior Lake II while Tony Lennox fanned nine in the complete game three-hitter against St. James.
Eight players recorded at least one hit against Prior Lake II, led by Austin Holmberg, Peterson and Wyatt Kurzejeski with three apiece.
Eagan rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to top Stillwater 8-7 on Sunday. Kurzejeski homered for Post #48 and joined Grant Moden, Peterson, Romportl and Dudar with two hits apiece. Peterson, who also collected a double at the plate, went the distance on the mound while yielding 12 hits and three walks with one strikeout.
Stillwater managed just three hits in Monday’s 6-0 loss to Inver Grove Heights at Stillwater Area High School. Haas took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in three innings.