Esko Junior Legion places third at state
The Eskomos recorded victories over Sleepy Eye and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton over the course of the three-day tournament hosted by Ely.
ELY — The Esko Junior Legion team capped off its impressive run on the baseball diamond this summer with a third-place finish at the Division II Junior Legion State Tournament in Ely Aug. 4-6.
Esko coach James LeGarde tipped his cap to the team’s newcomers for their contributions throughout the season, in addition to the veterans for their leadership during the postseason.
“I’m just really proud of our young guys,” LeGarde said. “They stepped up to the plate and did a great job. Our older guys were great leaders in the playoffs, but I gotta give it up to our younger guys who really stepped up and played all year and did a great job for us.”
The Eskomos went 2-1 over the course of the three-day tournament with victories over Sleepy Eye (1-0) in the quarterfinals and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (8-4) in the third-place game held Saturday, Aug. 6. The club’s lone loss came at the hands of state runner-up Le Sueur-Henderson (5-4) in the semifinals.
LeGarde said the club more than held its own against some of the state’s top teams.
“I thought our guys did great,” LeGarde said. “We had a couple of errors here and there, but that’s expected to happen at that level. I was really happy with how we played (and) just super proud of our guys. We looked like we belonged there for sure.”
For the season, the Esko Junior Legion team finished with an overall record of 17-2.