HENNEPIN – The Princeton Post 125 American Legion baseball team opened the Senior American Legion Tournament at Massino Field in Hennepin Tuesday with a 10-2 win over Henry.
Post 125 scored two runs in the second, one in the fourth and fifth innings, and three runs in the sixth to put the game away.
In the top of the first inning, the game was started off by Princeton’s Justin Pettit’s single. Pettit was moved to third when McKinley Kruger made a sacrifice bunt but was safe on an overthrow. Jack Click then made a groundout to second base that allowed Pettit to score and Princeton hit the score column first 1-0.
Clean-up hitter Jonathon Witzman drew a walk. He then stole second and Kruger scored when the Henry catcher tried to throw Witzman out at second. Witzman then stole third but that was all the scoring for the inning as Ethan Ringle flied out to deep center, Tyler Williams walked and stole second and Sam Schlesinger grounded out to the pitcher.
Ringle was the starting pitcher for Princeton. The Princeton defense was shaky at times as well with the lead-off hitter, Luke Miller reaching on an error and taking second on a groundout by Patrick Perdew. But Ringle kept it together and hurled two strikeouts in the inning and got out of trouble.
Henry’s single tallies came in the third inning on a dropped third strike by the catcher; as well as the fourth inning on a passed ball. Final score for the game was 10-2 with Princeton on top.
Winning pitcher for Princeton was Ringle with Tyler Williams coming in the game for a relief appearance in the fourth inning. Ringle and Williams combined for a two-hitter.
Losing pitcher for Henry was Beschoiner, who was plagued by shaky defense behind him with Henry making five errors to Princeton’s one error. There were a total of eight wild pitches or passed balls between the two teams.
The tournament continues through Thursday including including host Putnam County.