Legends trounce Milton-Freewater

By By Casey Kellas The Observer July 25, 2012 01:07 pm

The Legacy Legends had no trouble with Milton-Freewater Monday in an American Legion baseball contest at Optimist Field. 

The Legacy Legends had no trouble with Milton-Freewater Monday in an American Legion baseball contest at Optimist Field.

The Legends cruised to an 18-4 decision.

“I’m pretty happy with that one,” coach Shaun Cedarholm said.

“The kids were excited to play a nine-inning game.”

Instead of a doubleheader, the two teams agreed to a single nine-inning game.

But with the score out of hand, the game was called in the bottom of the eighth.

The game was a tune-up for the start of the district tournament on Thursday, so Legacy used eight different pitchers who combined to throw 17 strikeouts.

Tyson Wicklander, Logan Lankford and Jeremy Evans all struck out the side in their one inning of work each.

Brandon Cedarholm, Derrick Peasley, Jake Chamberlain, Mitch Workinger and Jordan Rogers also got in an inning each.

Every pitcher recorded at least one strikeout.

“We wanted to get a lot of guys some work to keep loose. I would like to see those results carry over (to districts),” Cedarholm said.

After trading two runs each in the first inning, Legacy struck for four runs in the third inning to go up 6-2 and never looked back.

Five runs in the fifth, followed by a five-run sixth inning, blew the game open.

After Seth Madsen drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth to make it 18-4, the game was called.

The Legends finished with 10 hits as a team, led by Evans’ two for three effort, including a double.

Madsen had a triple and two RBIs, while both Peasley and Rogers drove in a pair of runs each.

Peasley was the winning pitcher of record after pitching the top of the third and striking out one.

The Legends will open play at the district tournament against the host-team Pendleton at 10 a.m. Thursday.

  “I feel like we match up well with Pendleton. I like our chances against them. We’re confident, but not overly confident,” Cedarholm said.

“We know what to expect.”


The Legends split with Pendleton in a doubleheader Friday.

Pendleton took the opener 13-3, but Legacy responded by taking the second game 5-3 in eight innings.

The Legends got on the board in the first inning of Game 1, but Pendleton answered with a four-run bottom of the first and never trailed again.

Pendleton added five in the second and four in the third.

Chamberlain, Jordan Rogers and Kaleb White scored the Legends’ three runs in the loss.

But Legacy showed up in Game 2.

Behind a stellar start by Lankford — his first of the season — the Legends were able to keep the Pendleton bats in check and mustered enough offense to pull out a split.

Lankford went six innings, allowed four hits and struck out five.

“Logan pitched a great game. He was just locked in,” coach Brian Chamberlain said.

The game was scoreless entering the fifth inning where Legacy put up two runs only to see Pendleton answer with three in the bottom half.

Legacy tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh, then took the lead with two in the top of the eighth to get the victory.

White pitched two innings in relief to get the win.

Wicklander had three hits and scored two runs.