A trip to Luverne is on the line this weekend as the Milaca Post 178 Legion baseball team travels to Ely to try and become the representative from District 8 to head to the State Tournament.
Milaca (8-6) played Taconite (9-6) on Tuesday, but results were unavailable at press time. However, win or lose in that game, Milaca moves on to the rest of the double elimination tournament this weekend.
“It’s been a great season,” said Post 178 head coach Bart Naumann. “The team and I are hoping to keep it gong this weekend.”
The Milaca Legion team helped finalize their 8-6 record with a pair of losses in a doubleheader against Chisago Lakes on July 15.
In game one Chisago Lakes scored in all but one inning to earn a 10-2 victory. They took advantage of six Milaca errors to win.
Brian Kiel struck out eight batters in four innings of work, but gave up seven hits and six runs.
Offensively Mason Hoskins, Matt Fransen, Ian Carpenter and Kiel each had singles. Fransen also stole a base.
“Offense was lacking, and we weren’t aggressive at the plate,” Naumann said. “We had 11 strikeouts, with six looking, and that hurt. We had our opportunities, but we just couldn’t get timely hits.”
Game two went a little better for Post 178 as they held Chisago Lakes to two runs and five hits through six and a half. Despite scratching across a run in the bottom of the seventh, Milaca’s rally was cut short, and they fell 2-1.
Again offense was an issue for Milaca as they had one hit on the day, from Matthew Fransen, an RBI single in the seventh.
Justin Fransen pitched all seven innings and scattered five hits and struck out seven.
“We really played good defense,” Naumann said. “Matthew Fransen caught both games and threw out four would be stealers.”
“It was a good game on both sides,” Naumann added.
The pair of losses ended a seven-game winning streak for Milaca. Post 178 did earn their eighth win last Thursday, after Pine City forfeited the final game of the season because they did not have enough players.