Post 354 rallies but falls in legion game against Viroqua

            Ben Filla turned to throw a fielded ball toward first base in the second inning of a legion baseball game at G-E-T Middle School last Thursday. Filla and the hosts lost 9-7 against Viroqua.       (Times photograph by Benjamin Pierce)

An early lopsided advantage for the visitors would not prevent Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Post 354 from making a close game of last Thursday’s legion baseball effort at G-E-T Middle School.

Viroqua held on to win the offensive battle, one of two losses for Post 354 (2-4) last week. 

The G-E-T squad was scheduled to host Holmen on Monday, and Black River Falls’ summer team is set to travel to G-E-T Middle School this Wednesday.

Viroqua 9 G-E-T 7

Viroqua’s squad scored one run on a walk in the first inning but took control of the contest with seven runs in the second to lead Post 354 by an 8-0 score early.

Post 354 chipped away at the gap, scoring six unanswered runs to trail by two scores through six innings. Both sides traded runs in the seventh inning to close the game.

The home team outhit Viroqua nine to eight on Thursday. Caiden Brady, Oliver Marley, Nicholas Crum and Tucker McDonah all finished with two hits for the hosts, stat lines that included one double each for Brady, Crum and McDonah.

Adain Busch had the other hit for G-E-T. Eight different players recorded hits for the visitors.

Brady started on the mound for Post 354, which also saw Myles and Oliver Marley pitch in relief. Oliver Marley restricted Viroqua to a pair of hits and no runs in two innings, while Myles Marley surrendered a single hit and one earned run against while leading Post 354 with five strikeouts.

The pitching trio finished with eight strikeouts total and four walks.

La Crosse 14 G-E-T 3

La Crosse Post 52 scored 14 runs on eight hits and was helped by nine G-E-T errors in last Monday’s game at G-E-T Middle School.

La Crosse built an 8-0 lead through 2 1/2 innings when G-E-T got on the scoreboard thanks to a 2-RBI single from Brady in the bottom of the third inning. McDonah scored the hosts’ third run on a fourth-inning wild pitch.

Calvin Davis hit 2-for-4 for G-E-T, which again saw three pitchers split time — Ben Filla and Nathan Holthaus each tossed three innings, combining for seven walks and one strikeout to go with seven hits and three earned runs allowed.

Sam DeJager thew the final inning, collecting one strikeout and one walk against one hit and one earned run allowed.

Derrick Pangier and Bradley Check co-led La Crosse with 2-for-5 showings at the plate, while five different visiting players finished with at least one RBI.

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