Grand slam boosts Albert Lea Legion
Published 2:15 pm Saturday, June 27, 2015
Albert Lea Post 56 began the Mulvihill American Legion Baseball Tournament with a bang.
Parker Mullenbach crushed a grand slam over the center-field fence to erase a 3-0 deficit and propel Albert Lea to a 13-3 win over St. Paul Park Friday at Mankato East High School.
“That home run changed the game,” said Post 56 coach Jay Enderson. “It was a big lift. It went over the 375-foot sign. I’m guessing it was 380 to 390 feet.”
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Jake Kilby took the win on the mound. He struck out two batters and allowed six hits, two earned runs and four walks in seven innings.
“He gets better every game,” Enderson said. “After the second inning, he really got focused.”
Parker Boyum led Albert Lea at the plate. He was 3-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk. E.J. Thomas added two hits, and Mullenbach, Alex Bledsoe, Mason Hammer, Zach Edwards, Jake Bordewick and Blake Simon each had one hit.
Post 56’s top two shortstops, Jonathan Fleek and Jake Thompson, and ace pitcher, Chris Enderson, were unable to make the game.
“The guys who played really came through in a lot of spots for us,” Enderson said.
Albert Lea improved to 3-3 on the season.
Enderson said the last time Albert Lea played in the Mulvihill tournament was in 2013, when Albert Lea’s Legion team combined with Austin.
After games Saturday in pool play against Chanhassen and Mankato National, bracket play will start at 9 a.m. today.