CROOKSTON LEGION BASEBALL SPLITS WITH ADA

The Crookston American Legion Post 20 Baseball team lost to Ada Post 26 8-3 before bouncing back to win the second game 5-2 in a doubleheader played at Tony Sipe Field in Ada.

FIRST INNING
The first batter of the game, Crookston’s Matt Contreras was hit by a pitch to start the game before he was caught stealing for the first out. The next two batters popped out, and Crookston was retired.
Ada got things going in the bottom of the inning when Casper Kritzberger walked and Brennen Fetting singled. After a groundout advanced the runners to second and third base, Baron Odden doubled to score a run for a 1-0 lead. Ames Fassino grounded out to third base, and a run scored before Lance Kritzberger singled in another run for a 3-0 lead after one inning.

SECOND INNING
Crookston recorded its first hit of the game in the first at-bat of the second inning when Tanner Giese smashed a line drive over the left fielder’s head for a lead-off double. The next batter struck out before Giese advanced to third base on a passed ball. Isaiah Donarski walked to give Crookston runners at the corners with one out. The next pitch got away from the Ada catcher, and Donarski advanced to second base. The throw to second base was off the mark, and Giese came into score to bring Crookston within a 3-1 deficit.
Ada’s Braeden Bueng started the bottom of the inning with a single. Casper Kritzberger reached on an error before Fetting grounded out. McCraven grounded out to the shortstop to allow a run to score for a 4-1 lead. The next batter struck out to retire Ada.

THIRD INNING
Crookston’s Lucas Miller reached on a dropped third strike to lead off the inning. Contreras and Blake Melsa singled to score a run to get within a 4-2 deficit. The next three batters were retired.
Crookston pitcher Gavyn Hlucny settled in and retired the first two batters before giving up a walk. The next batter flew out and the inning was over with Ada leading 4-2.

FOURTH INNING
Crookston’s Donarski singled to lead off the inning, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. The next two batters were retired.
Ada was retired in 1-2-3 fashion with three pop-outs, and Ada took a 4-2 lead into the fifth inning.

FIFTH INNING
Crookston’s Contreras singled on a line drive to right field, and Melsa reached on an error to give them runners at first and second base with one out. The next batter flew out to right field and the runner at second base tagged up and tried to advance, but a perfect throw by Ada’s rightfielder Bueng was in time for the third out of the inning.
Ada’s McCraven was hit by a pitch before Odden singled. McCraven stole third base before scoring on a ground out to give Ada a 5-2 lead. The next batter reached on an infield single that allowed another run to score. Cameron Anderson hit a ground ball to the shortstop and reached on a throwing error to allow another run to score for a 7-2 Ada lead.

SIXTH INNING
Crookston was retired in 1-2-3 fashion with a ground out, line out, and a strikeout.
Ada’s Casper Kritzberger led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single.  Fetting singled before McCraven hit a deep sacrifice fly to right-center field to score a run for an 8-2 lead. The next two batters were retired.

SEVENTH INNING
Crookston needed to mount a big rally in the seventh to win the game. Carter Fee led off the inning with a walk before the next two batters flew out. Contreras singled to right field, and Crookston had runners at the corners. Melsa walked to load the bases, which forced an Ada pitching change.
Hlucny hit a bloop single to shallow left field to score a run, but the next batter popped out to the catcher, and Ada won the game 8-3.

The first game is the only one that counts in the standings, as Crookston drops to 8-8 on the year and 4-4 in league play. Crookston will either be the third or fourth seed and have to play a play-in game next week.
Fosston and Ada will be the top two seeds in the south. Crookston and Fertile will be battling for third and fourth depending on scores the rest of the week, and Twin Valley and Win-E-Mac will be battling for the fifth and sixth seeds. 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Crookston 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 7 4
Ada 3 1 0 0 3 1 8 7 2

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Gavyn Hlucny – Crox 5.0 5 7 3 3 2
Blake Melsa – Crox 1.0 2 1 1 0 0
Austin McCraven – Ada 6.2 6 3 1 3 6
Cadyn Dahl – Ada 0.1 1 0 0 0 0


Crookston leaders
Matt Contreras – 3 for 3
Isaiah Donarski – 1 for 2, walk
Blake Melsa – 1 for 3, rbi, walk
Tanner Giese – 1 for 3, run
Gavyn Hlucny – 1 for 4, rbi

Ada leaders –
Brennan Fetting – 2 for 3, run
Baron Odden – 2 for 4, 2 runs, rbi
Lance Kritzberger – 1 for 2, 2 rbi, run
Casper Kritzberger – 1 for 3, 2 runs, walk
Braeden Bueng – 1 for 3, run

 

GAME TWO – 

FIRST INNING
Matt Contreras led off the game with a double to right-center field, but the next three batters were retired, and the Crookston threat was over.
Ada’s Ames Fassino walked to lead off the bottom of the inning before he was caught stealing. The next batter walked before a pop-out and a fielder’s choice out, and the game was scoreless after an inning.

SECOND INNING
Crookston’s Greyson Ecker reached on an error before Cody Demarais doubled to score a run for a 1-0 lead. Aiden Delage walked, and the runners advanced to second and third base on a wild pitch. Lucas Miller hit a deep fly ball to center field that was caught but deep enough to allow Demarais to score for a 2-0 lead.
Ada’s Odden led off the bottom of the inning with a single before the next two batters were retired. The next batter was hit by a pitch before a strikeout.

THIRD INNING
The first two Crookston batters were retired before Tanner Giese walked and Nolan Cassavant singled. Ecker doubled to score two runs for a 4-0 lead. The next batter struck out.
Ada was retired in 1-2-3 fashion with a flyout, strikeout, and ground out.

FOURTH INNING
Crookston’s Aiden Delage led off the fourth inning with a walk before he was caught stealing. Miller and Contreras singled, and Miller later scored on an error for a 5-0 lead.
Ada tried to get a one-out rally going when Odden was hit by a pitch, and Tyler Catlett singled. The next batter struck out before Grant Kaball walked to load the bases. The next batter struck out, and Crookston held on to a 5-0 lead going into the final inning.

FIFTH INNING
Crookston started the fifth inning with a walk to Fee before a fielder’s choice and two 
flyouts.
Ada tried to mount a late rally with a Fassino walk and Finney getting hit by a pitch. The next batter flew out before Dahl walked to load the bases with one out. The next batter popped out in the infield, but an error allowed two runs to score before Crookston got the third out on a wild play to win the game 5-2.

Crookston is 9-8 on the year and will take on Win-E-Mac at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Jim Karn Field and then take on BGMR at 8:00 p.m.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Crookston 0 2 2 1 0 5 6 2
Ada 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Lucas Miller – Crox 5.0 2 2 0 5 5
Cadyn Dahl – Ada 3.0 4 4 2 2 3
Tyler Cartlett – Ada 2.0 2 1 0 3 1


Crookston leaders
Matt Contreras – 2 for 3
Lucas Miller – 1 for 1, run, rbi
Nolan Cassavant – 1 for 3, run
Greyson Ecker – 1 for 3, 2 rbi, run
Cody Demarais – 1 for 3, rbi, run

Ada leaders –
Baren Odden – 2 for 3