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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Legion baseball: Post 20 improves to 2-1 with 9-3 win over Kennedy

  • "This was a great win and it gives us great confidence," said head coach Josh Brehmer, a junior middle infielder this last season for Minnesota Crookston.
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  • The Crookston American Legion Post 20 baseball team opened its season last Thursday with a split with Ada, winning game one 11-9 and losing game two 9-1. Game one was the only one that counted for points in the District 9, Division II standings. On Tuesday, Crookston defeated Kennedy, Minn. 9-3.
    In the games against Ada, Brandon Kresl went 2-for-3 at the plate in each game with a run and an RBI in game one. Cody Magsam was 3-for-3 in game one with a run scored. Joey Koenig got the game one victory on the mound.
    Against Kennedy, Koenig earned another victory, pitching three innings and allowing three earned runs on four hits and one walk. He helped himself, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple.
    "It keeps the guys rolling and we are having a good time."
    Aaron Hollcraft started and pitched two innings, allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out four.
    "We wanted to save his arm," Brehmer said of his star pitcher. "We didn't want to overdo him. We have Warroad on Thursday and we wanted to save him for that. He also has a junior showcase on Wednesday and Thursday in Burnsville. Only a few sophomores are selected to participate."
    Seth Desrosier pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.
    Desrosier also helped out at the plate, hitting 2-for-4, while Chris Martin was hitless with four walks.
    "We were all clicking with great discipline with pitches," Brehmer said. "It was really good seeing that with this only being the third game. Everything is flowing really well. We had great base running.
    "Communication is the big thing to improve on," Brehmer continued. "Sometimes we look like deer in headlights when a situation arrises they aren't sure of."
    Hollcraft will be participating in the Minnesota High School Baseball Showcase presented by Showtime Sports today and Thursday. Last year more than 70 college coaches were in attendance.
    Crookston will host Warroad in a doubleheader on Thursday.
    "We are looking forward to playing Warroad on Thursday and everyone should come check out this Legion team."
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