Edina, MN - The nation’s largest American Legion State Tournament, hosted by Edina Legion Post 471, began today at four sites. Braemar’s Courtney Field, Garden Field, Round Lake Stadium in Eden Prairie, and Richfield High School. Buffalo and Woodbury Blue opened play at Courtney Field that Blue won by a score of 6-4.
Despite a 6-run deficit in the third inning, Buffalo, Post 270, almost came all the way back, eventually falling 6-4 to Woodbury Post 501, Woodbury Blue on Thursday. Buffalo scored three runs in the bottom of the third and added another in the fourth inning.
A three run inning fueled the Woodbury Blue win as they put together runs on a combination of errors walks, and a line drive by starting pitcher Adam Mazur who picked up the win on the mound by working 2 ⅔ innings allowing five hits and three runs. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. He was pulled after throwing 44 pitches.
Quinn Krueger and Josh Davis combined for 4 ⅓ innings of relief work allowing just one run and striking out 3.
Bailey Erickson took the loss for Buffalo, He bulldogged through six innings, allowing four hits and six runs while striking out six. His club committed three errors that accounted for four unearned runs on the ledger. He struck out six and walked 3 in his outing while taking the loss.
Buffalo, Post 270, Bison totaled nine hits in the game. Christenson, Hansen, Calvin James, and Damien Biegert each racked up multiple hits for Buffalo. Biegert, James, Hansen, and Christenson all had two
hits to lead Buffalo.
The double elimination tournament continues with Woodbury moving on to play the winner of Edina and Brainerd on Thursday evening at 6pm. Buffalo will face the loser the Edina Brainerd game at 3:30pm at Braemar.