Legends ousted at state tournament

By Observer staff August 02, 2013 10:42 am

The Legends were outscored 16-5 in two games at the state tournament in Roseburg. (Observer file photo)
The Legends were outscored 16-5 in two games at the state tournament in Roseburg. (Observer file photo)

ROSEBURG — La Grande’s McDonald’s/Legacy Ford Legends American Legion baseball team had its season come to an end Thursday at the Single A state tournament in Roseburg.

The Legends fell to Roseburg’s Premier Insurance, 6-5, after losing to Central Point, 10-0, on Wednesday.

“We made more mistakes in these two games than we have all season,” Legends manager Mike Wisdom said. “We just didn’t play games like we have all year.”

McDonald’s/Legacy Ford jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first three innings. But a four-run fifth inning by Roseburg put Premier Insurance in front, 4-3.

The Legends tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but Roseburg answered with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh.

McDonald’s/Legacy Ford threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring a run to make it 6-5. But the Legends stranded two runners on base to end the game and their season.

“We didn’t play our usual high level of defense and base running,” Wisdom said. “It wasn’t any one thing. It’s a tough way to have our season end.”

Garett Avila finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored Thursday. Tyson Wicklander, Eli Wisdom, J.C. Rogers, Brandon Cedarholm and Trenton Powers all had one hit.

Avila pitched 4-2/3 innings, striking out six, walking five and allowing three runs.

The Legends finish the season with a 34-7 record.

“We had a great season,” Wisdom said. “The kids developed and improved. They’re pretty disappointed right now. 

“Our goal was to win the state tournament. But I think that they are accepting the fact that they did well this year.”

Central Point 10, La Grande 0

The Comets jumped on the Legends for four runs in the first inning before adding three runs in the third and three in the fourth.

Seth Madsen and Wisdom were the only Legends to record a hit.

Kaleb White started, pitching three innings, striking out three and allowing seven runs.