MENDOTA HEIGHTS — The Stillwater Legion baseball team continues its strong play down the stretch this season after sweeping West St. Paul in a League F doubleheader on Friday at St. Thomas Academy.
Post #48 won the opener 6-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Tony Lennox and also prevailed 8-5 in the nightcap to finish the regular season with a 9-7 record in league play and 14-12 overall.
Stillwater was 5-11 at one point this season, but has won nine of its last 10 games, including four in a row to close out the regular season.
Post #48 is the No. 15 seed for the Third District tournament and will host No. 18 Lakeville South in a play-in game on Monday at Stillwater Area High School. The winner of that game will face second-seeded Burnsville on Wednesday and join the rest of the field participating in the 16-team double elimination tournament.
Stillwater 6, West St. Paul 0
Lennox allowed just five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in Stillwater’s Game 1 triumph over West St. Paul. Post #48 took control with four runs in the third inning and added a run each in the fifth and seventh to pull away.
Austin Holmberg, Andy Peterson, Connor Johnston, TJ Galenti and Chris Johnson each delivered two hits for Stillwater, with Galenti (2) and Johnson (3) combining to drive in five of the team’s six runs.
Stillwater 8, West St. Paul 5
Stillwater trailed 2-0 until scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth inning and extended its lead with three runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to hold off West St. Paul in the second game on Friday.
Johnston made the most of his two hits, including a home run, while driving in seven of Stillwater’s eight runs. Nick Peterson and David Olson added two hits apiece.
The first of three pitchers for Stillwater, Trevor Dudar allowed two runs on seven hits in 4-plus innings to get the win. Galenti gave up two runs while recording four outs and Holmberg threw the final 1 1/3 innings to earn the save, allowing one run in the seventh.