Post 56 nabs comeback win

Published 9:14 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Albert Lea American Legion Post 56 hosted Faribault Tuesday night looking to bounce back from Sunday’s loss to Austin.

Despite trailing late in the game, Albert Lea used a big fifth inning to pull away from Faribault, 10-7.

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Albert Lea wasted no time in putting the first runs up on the board. In the bottom of the first inning, Ty Harms reached first with a walk and was moved to third on a stand-up double from Zach Edwards. With two men in scoring position, Alex Bledsoe hit into a ground out that scored Harms. Garret Piechowski then hit a single that brought Edwards in for another run.

Koby Hendrickson made the start on the mound for Albert Lea Tuesday night. Hendrickson pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Faribault got two men aboard in the second inning, but a strikeout from pitcher Koby Hendrickson ended the inning before they could score.

With two outs in the third inning, Bledsoe was hit by a pitch to reach base, and was hit in on back-to-back singles by Piechowski and Parker Andersen.

Faribault tied the game in the fourth inning after loading the bases with two outs. A single and a double that struck the outfield fence just below the foul pole brought in the three runs.

Faribault took an outright lead with two more runs in the fifth inning, taking a 5-3 lead into the bottom.

Albert Lea responded with a multi-run inning of its own, scoring seven runs to take back the lead. Brock Hammer took a walk to open the inning and Ty Harms got aboard on a single. Edwards then crushed a ball to center field that snuck past the outfielder and scored two runs.

Back-to-back walks from Bledsoe and Piechowski out two more men on base, and a passed ball scored Edwards. Ian Ball and Carson Goodell each brought in a run with nearly identical hits over the third base bag. The last run of the inning came in off the bat of Hammer, who hit a double to bring in Goodell.

With a commanding five-run lead heading into the sixth inning, Albert Lea gave up two runs in the seventh. However, the rally would stop there, securing a win for Post 56.

Hendrickson started on the mound for Albert Lea. He pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out two batters and walking three. Drake Dawson made a relief appearance in the fourth inning. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits.

Alex Goodmanson finished off the final inning of the game, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out two.

Albert Lea scored 10 runs on 10 hits and recorded one error. Faribault scored seven runs on 10 hits and recorded zero errors.

Post 56 will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Rochester to take on John Marshall.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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