Crookston Legion baseball begins postseason play this week

Mike Christopherson
Cade Coauette fires a pitch as first baseman Brooks Butt gets in fielding position.

After losing Thursday evening 14-10 to Fosston, the Crookston American Legion Nels T. Wold Post 20 Baseball team headed to Dickinson, North Dakota Friday for a weekend tournament at which they faced some tough competition. The tournament wrapped up the regular season for the Crookston squad, with the postseason set to begin later this week.

The Thursday loss dropped Crookston’s record to 7-8.

It was a struggle for Crookston in Dickinson. They opened play Friday with a 15-1 loss to Billings, Montana, and followed that up with a 13-7 loss to Miles City, Montana. On Saturday, they lost 14-0 to Sheridan, Wyoming. Sunday, they played in the seventh-place game.

Brooks Butt is congratulated after scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 10.

The local Legion team Thursday night against Fosston probably put up enough runs at Jim Karn Field to win most games, but Thursday they were done in by erratic fielding – they committed eight errors – and inconsistent pitching. Fosston was able to turn timely hits and Crookston fielding issues into nine runs over their final two at-bats.

Head Coach Rob Silvers, in blue in the center, chats up his team heading into their at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With two on and two out, the game ended in the bottom of the seventh with Crookston’s Brooks Butt hitting a long fly ball to left field that was caught just short of the warning track.

Crookston is coached by Rob Silvers.