Carlton Legion pulls away in 18-12 win over Deer River
The Carlton Legion baseball team secured a solid 18-12 win over Deer River last week. "We picked up nine runs in the fifth inning," said Carlton coach Mark Saunders. "With two outs in the fifth inning, we picked up six hits and two walks to go al...
The Carlton Legion baseball team secured a solid 18-12 win over Deer River last week.
"We picked up nine runs in the fifth inning," said Carlton coach Mark Saunders. "With two outs in the fifth inning, we picked up six hits and two walks to go along with one hit batter."
The game, played in Deer River, featured a lot of offense and a ton of spectator excitement between the two teams.
Leading by just one run in the fifth inning and with two outs, Carlton's Ben Rapp walked and Arthur Langhorst hit into a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throwing error. Cole Johnson then doubled to score Langhorst. Carlton followed with singles by Caleb Hatfield, Andrew Buller and Mike Saunders. The singles were then followed by Dwyre Johnson getting hit by a pitch and Adam Schmidt picking up a walk.
"With the bases loaded, Taylor Shanda hit the ball hard to the third baseman who couldn't handle it and one more run scored," recalled Saunders. "Ben Rapp walked for the second time in the inning to score a run and Langhorst hit a two-run double to end the scoring."
Prior to the big rally, Carlton ran into some problems of their own in the third inning.
"We had some lapses defensively in the third inning where we let Deer River back into the game after we had a 7-1 lead, but our kids refocused and played well after that," mentioned Saunders. "We had three double plays in the game to back our pitchers."
Ben Rapp pitched the first three innings and Andrew Buller picked up the win in relief.
"Our pitchers did a good job mixing their pitches and keeping batters off balance," explained Saunders. "Dwyre Johnson led our offense by getting on base five times with three doubles and four runs scored."