Legion team’s bats silent at district

After banging the ball all over the place in its three wins in the North End District 10 Playoff, Milaca’s bats went silent at the double-elimination North End District 10 Legion Baseball Tournament.

Milaca had four hits in an opening 12-0 loss to Centennial Thursday, July 26, then had five hits in a 7-2 setback against Champlin Park Friday. Both games were at Veterans Field in Minnetonka.

“Centennial’s pitchers weren’t overpowering and pretty much what we faced during the season and North End tourney,” said Milaca Coach Bart Naumann. “It think it was mostly our being nervous on the big stage. Being a little nervous can be good but being overly nervous works against a team.”

Milaca was outhit 12-4, with Brandon Kiel, Brian Kiel, Mike Garber and Matt VanSomeren collecting singles.

Leading 6-0, Centennial broke the game open with five runs in the sixth inning.  The game was called after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.

“Our defense was respectable, with just one error,” said Naumann. “Centennial had some really good hitters.”

Brandon Kiel started and took the loss, giving up 11 runs and 11 hits over six innings.

Milaca’s five hits against Champlin Park included a triple by Brandon Kiel, a double and a single by Justin Fransen and one single each by Mike McLouth and Garber.

“We played better than we did Thursday,” said Naumann. “But, we didn’t get timely hits and stranded six runners in scoring position.”

VanSomeren started and pitched six innings. He allowed seven runs, seven hits and two walks. Brian Kiel blanked Champlin Park over the final two frames, allowing two hits and a walk while striking our four.

“The North End and District 10 tournaments were a good experience for our young team,” said Naumann.