Legion finishes busy stretch 2-3

Flandreau American Legion Post 70 split a Thursday doubleheader against Castlewood Post 250, then finished 1-2 in a weekend tournament in Pierce, Neb.
Game one
Castlewood 5, Flandreau 3
Ethan Hoffman had three hits but a 3-0 lead through three and a half innings for Flandreau evaporated as Castlewood scored twice in the fourth and three more runs in the fifth, then hold on for a 5-3 win.
Castlewood had just two hits, taking advantage of a pair of costly errors by the Flandreau defense.
Beyond Hoffman’s three hits, Kolby Peters, Tash Lunday, Tristan Peters, and Kelly Lewis each had a hit for Post 70. Hoffman had the only extra base hit, a double.
Logan Voelker had two runs batted in despite not registering a hit.
Lewis was saddled with the loss, allowing three unearned runs on a hit and two walks. He also struck out two Post 250 batters.
Lunday pitched the first two and two-third innings and allowed one hit and one walk, but all eight outs he recorded were by strikeout.
Game two
Flandreau 9, Castlewood 5
Kolby Peters’ three-run homer in the second inning was the big blow of the second game of the doubleheader as Post 70 scored three runs in each of the first three innings to cruise to a 9-5 win and split of the doubleheader.
Flandreau recorded six hits, Kolby Peters with two and four RBI.
Voelker, Lunday, Tristan Peters, and Lewis each had a hit.
Sam Gassman was credited with the win, allowing three hits and walking four in two innings, giving up three runs, two earned.
Coach Mark Hoffman said his players had some troubling in the field.
Grand Island, NE 17, Flandreau 3
Leading 6-2 after four innings, Grand Island scored three runs in the fifth and eight runs in the sixth to score a lopsided win in the first game of the Pierce tournament.
Flandreau had just four hits; Maddox Biever had two of them, while Hoffman and Kolby Peters each added one. Kolby Peters’ was a triple.
Flandreau committed eight errors in the game, leading to just four of the 17 runs allowed counting as earned runs.
Kolby Peters took the loss after recording just two outs. He gave up a pair of hits and four runs, none of which were earned, walking two and not striking out a batter.
Tanner Christenson worked the middle four and a third innings and gave up 10 runs (four earned) on six hits, walking six, and striking out six.
Lewis pitched what would be the final inning of the mercy-rule shortened game and allowed three runs (zero earned) on one hit, walking one, and striking out one.
Coach Mark Hoffman said his players had some troubling in the field.
“We had trouble fielding the ball,” he said.
Flandreau 13, Valentine, NE 1
Lunday limited Valentine to just three hits in picking up a complete game win, shortened to five innings by run rule.
Lunday walked five and struck out seven while allowing just a single run.
“Tash pitched a gem and we put the ball in play and played our brand of baseball,” said Hoffman.
Kolby Peters had three hits including a pair of doubles, driving in four runs.
Biever and Tison Burrgraff had two hits each; Tristan Peters, Lunday, and Gassman all had two RBI each.
After committing eight errors in its previous game, Post 70 did not make an error in the second game of the three-game tournament.
Pierce, Neb. 6, Flandreau 5
The hosts from Pierce walked off Flandreau in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Pierce moved a runner into scoring position on a passed ball then won the game with a base hit.
Hoffman had two hits for Flandreau while six others had a hit each in the eight-hit game for Post 70. Lewis had two RBI.
Lewis took the loss after hitting the first batter of the sixth inning who would eventually score.
Gassman pitched the first four and two-third innings and scattered four hits while allowing five runs (four earned) with five walks and three strikeouts.
“We made some mistakes that we need to clean up as we turn the calendar to July,” said Hoffman.
The team is in the middle of a 10 game stretch.
“We’re getting ready for tourney play as we have the toughest region in the state,” said Hoffman.