Legion team drops two games

After opening the season with a pair of victories the Milaca American Legion baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader Thursday, June 13, at St. Francis.

St. Francis won the opener in the North End District 10 match-up 10-0 in five innings, then won the second game 9-1.

“St. Francis has a very good team,” said Milaca Manager Bart Naumann. “And, while there were some bright spots, overall, we didn’t play very well.”

Milaca didn’t have a hit in the first game and its lone baserunner was Brian Kiel, who drew a walk in the fourth inning.

Three Milaca pitcher combined to allow just seven hits. But they issued 11 walks and threw two wild pitches with the bases loaded.

“I think everyone we walked later scored,” said Naumann. “We had a tough time throwing strikes.

“At the plate we made good contact several times but the ball was right at someone.”

Milaca scored a run in the bottom of the first inning in the second game and held a 1-0 lead through four innings. But, St. Francis scored nine runs over the final three innings.

“We had chances to add to our lead but we didn’t take advantage of them and that caught up with us,” said Naumann.

Justin Fransen pitched the distance, allowing nine runs, six hits and two walks.

“Justin actually pitched very well,” said Naumann. “They were able to drop in hits on several good pitches he made.

Milaca totaled just three hits – singles by Kiel, Fransen and Hunter Foss.

Milaca is at Cambridge for a twinbill tonight (Thursday) at 6 and 8 o’clock. It travels to Mora Monday, June 24, at 6:30.