Legion baseball: Woodbury walks it off over Lakeville North
WOODBURY — Fight and grit.
That’s the two words the players were introduced to while playing for Kevin McDermott on the Woodbury varsity team in the spring. Those words were passed down to the Legion team this summer and explained the game against Lakeville North to perfection.
Four errors for Woodbury and 10 hits for Lakeville North makes it almost impossible for the Royals to win Tuesday night’s game. The only thing missing though is the grit these Woodbury players possess and it showed tonight.
“We just keep pushing and fighting until the last out of the game,” said Woodbury’s shortstop Adam Mazur. “All it takes is one hit for us to be back in the game.”
After committing two errors at the very beginning and allowing two runs in the top of the first, the Royals came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Those runs came from the bat of Cameron Matz who hit a two-RBI double.
Woodbury wanted to add more cushion for Riley Frisk on the mound, so three hits in the bottom of the second and the Royals were up 4-2. Lakeville North tacked on one more run in the top of the third and it stayed 4-3 until the seventh and final inning.
The errors came back out for the Royals in the top of the seventh as two more errors were committed resulting in the fourth runner to score and tying the game. This game would need an extra inning.
In the top of the eighth, Frisk was still throwing and gave up a couple of runs to allow Lakeville North to grab a 6-4 lead.
Heading into the final three outs, the Royals would pick up their pitcher as the bases became loaded with a 6-5 deficit and only one out. Rodney Erickson used his good eyes to draw a walk and bring home the tying run.
When the score changed 6-6, Woodbury’s coach Josh Sharp told Jack Horman, the batter heading to the plate, to win this game.
Horman didn’t disappoint.
After a couple of pitches, Horman found the right pitch and sent it back up the middle scoring Brock Rinehart and winning the game 7-6 for the Royals.
“I will take responsibility of three of those errors tonight,” Horman said. “It was nice to be able to get back up and have the opportunity to win it a few innings later.”
Sharp said the errors need to be fixed, but he was proud of how the guys kept fighting to stay in the game and eventually win it.
“Sometimes you show up to the ballpark and you don’t play your best ball,” Sharp said. “Good teams are able to find ways to win games in those situations and that’s what we were able to do today.”
The team congratulated Frisk for his eight-inning and complete game performance tonight, especially after pitching another complete game on Friday night last week for the Burnsville Tournament.
Mazur and Horman agreed that Frisk is a pitcher that can eat up innings and still be able to get key outs each inning. They are both excited to see what he can do next year as he could make a powerful impact to the rotation on Woodbury’s varsity squad.
For Frisk though, he’s just happy to continue learning this summer.
“It’s been fun to get on the mound and keep working on my pitches each day,” Frisk said. “I’ve been some things from my coaches and the seniors, so I can be ready for my senior year this upcoming season.”
This win is a confidence boost heading into a busy week of games. Woodbury will play Stillwater on Wednesday, Farmington on Thursday and Burnsville on Saturday. The win was needed to get this week started on the right foot.
“These gritty wins are great to have because it shows our players can do it each game,” Sharp said. “Now, we just need to stay focused on a busy and important week before the Fourth of July week comes.”