Despite having to move the Championship game to Salem on Sunday, Aug. 6 due to field conditions in Lennox after the rainfall Saturday night, the Lennox Post 174 Jr. Legion managed to stay keep their momentum going and capture the 2023 State Jr. Legion Title, defeating Winner-Colome 8-7.
Lennox got out to a 6-run lead in the fourth inning and managed to hang on for the 8-7 victory despite an attempted comeback by Winner/Colome.
After Winner/Colome jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after one inning of play, Lennox managed two runs in the bottom of the second with Mason Reischl and Ramsey Williams both scoring on an error. Winner/Colome Jr Legion tied the game at two in the top of the third.
But Lennox managed to get the advantage they needed in the fourth, scoring six runs on one hit to take a 8-2 lead. Landon Atkins managed to score on a wild pitch and then Ashton Bach crossed home plate on an error. Reischl hit a pop fly and reached base on an error, which allowed Jackson Anacker and Dayne Moeller to both score. But they weren’t done yet. Reischl was able to score on an error by the catcher and Williams scored after Atkins hit a ground ball all before the third out giving Lennox an 8-2 advantage.
Winner/Colome attempted a comeback, scoring five runs in top of the sixth inning but Lennox held strong and held them scoreless in the top of the seventh to secure the win and the title.
Reischl started on the mound for Lennox. He gave up five hits and seven runs (one earned) over five and one-third innings, striking out four and walking one. Anacker threw one and two-thirds innings of shutout ball for Lennox in relief. He surrendered zero hits, striking out two and walking none.
Reischl went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Lennox in hits. Lennox showed patience at the plate, collecting six walks for the game. Cullen Wright and Bach led the team with two free passes each.
Their journey to the State title began with an opening State match-up against Martin Post 240 on Friday, Aug. 4.
Lennox scored seven runs in the sixth inning, which helped them defeat Martin 12-2. Bach hit a solo home run to left field, an error scored one run, Ramsey Williams doubled, scoring two runs, an error scored one run, and Bach doubled, scoring two runs all in the sixth inning to give Lennox seven runs in the inning and the eventual 12-2 victory.
Reischl began the game on the mound for Lennox. He gave up one hit and one run over three innings, striking out one and walking two. Moeller appeared in relief for Lennox. He pitched three innings, allowing three hits and one run. He recorded two strike-outs.
Bach and Moeller each collected two hits for Lennox. Bach went 2-for-4 at the plate as the outfielder led the team with three runs batted in. Lennox had a strong eye at the plate, collecting six walks for the game. Eich and Wright led the team with two walks each.
Reischl, Wright, and Moeller each stole multiple bases for Lennox. The team stole seven bases in the game.
With the win over Martin, Lennox faced off against Sioux Falls Christian Post 911. This was a rematch for two teams that faced off in Regions where Sioux Falls Christian defeated Lennox 6-0. However, this time Lennox got the better of Sioux Falls Christian to earn a spot in the Championship game.
Lennox scored five runs in the sixth inning, helping them earn the 6-0 win on Saturday, Aug. 5. Emory Lefers drew a walk, scoring one run, an error scored one run, Jackson Anacker singled, scoring one run, and Talen Eich singled, scoring two runs all in the bottom of the sixth.
Eich pitched the entire game for Lennox. He gave up zero hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out nine and walking four.
Anacker led Lennox with two hits in three at bats. Eich and Anacker were a one-two punch in the lineup, as each drove in two runs. Lennox had a strong eye at the plate, collecting eight walks for the game. Eich, Lefers, and Moeller led the team with two walks each.
The team was coached by Darin Eich and Jeff Spieler. Tournament MVP honors went to Lennox’s Talen Eich. The Big Stick Award went to Winner/Colome’s Quincy Phillips.