Legends split with Hustlers

Written by Chris Baxter, The Observer June 20, 2012 12:00 am

 

By Casey Kellas

The Observer

The Legacy Legends had to settle for a split with the Fort Dalles Hustlers Tuesday. The Legends took the opener 12-2 in five innings but fell 7-6 in Game 2.

“That’s not a team we should have split with,” coach Shaun Cedarholm said. “I think everyone kind of came out and stopped playing (in Game 2).”

Legacy mixed in timely hitting to go along with a stellar performance on the mound by starting pitcher Hayden Albrecht in Game 1.

The Hustlers were able to parlay an error in the first inning into a run to take a 1-0 lead, but the Legends wasted no time responding.

After walking the bases loaded, Seth Madsen came through with a two-run single to put the host team on top, 2-1.

The visitors tied the game up in the third inning, but that was all the Hustlers would muster off of a steady Albrecht.

The offense, meanwhile, was just heating up in the third.

Madsen drove in Joe Griffin, who was courtesy running for Albrecht, to put Legacy back on top at 3-2. Then Kaleb White drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, before RBIs by J.C. Rogers, Tyson Wicklander and Albrecht blew the game open at 7-2.

Another run came home on a Madsen hit that was bobbled at first base to make it an 8-2 advantage.

“We were able to work the count a lot. Our approach at the plate is getting better,” Cedarholm said.

A two-run single by Wicklander followed by an RBI double by Logan Lankford in the fourth inning stretched the lead to 11-2. The game ended in the fifth inning on a balk that brought home Jake Chamberlain and put the 10-run rule into effect.

Albrecht pitched five innings and struck out 10 while allowing just four hits.

“Hayden threw awesome, especially since he didn’t have his curve ball until the later innings,” Cedarholm said.

Wicklander had three RBIs in the win. 

As a team the Legends had nine hits.

Game 2 looked like it was going to be a similar outcome, until some late-inning hitting by the visitors made it go the other way.

The Legends jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the first four innings, while starting pitcher Jordan Rogers held the Hustlers to just one hit.

But in the sixth inning the Legends turned to Madsen on the hill, which is exactly what the Hustlers needed it appeared.

Fort Dalles got a two-run double with two outs in the sixth before Madsen walked back-to-back hitters. 

That led to a two-run single and just like that it was a one-run game at 6-5.

Then in the seventh inning, the leadoff hitter got on base on an error after a bunt attempt. 

With one out, Madsen hit a batter to put runners at the corners before an RBI single tied the game.

The Hustlers got the go-ahead run on a steal of home plate to take their first lead at 7-6.

The Legends went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

“We need to work on eliminating the mental errors,” Cedarholm said.

Jordan Rogers was two for two at the plate with three RBIs. He also struck out two in five innings on the mound.

Madsen took the loss after two innings of work.

The Legends will return to action Thursday at a tournament in Walla Walla.