Somerset American Legion baseball team wins league tournament
The Somerset Junior American Legion team rolled through the HeartLake Conference this season, winning the regular season and league championship titles.
Somerset went undefeated through the league regular season schedule. In the league tournament last Thursday, Somerset added the league tournament title to its list of accomplishments.
Somerset won the tournament championship in front of its home crowd last Thursday. Somerset defeated Cumberland 2-1 to win the tournament title. Cumberland had defeated Barron to advance to the championship game.
Somerset finishes the season with a 21-0 league record and a 22-3 overall mark.
Somerset took the lead in the first inning and never gave it up. Andy Peters led off the first inning with a double. He scored on an infield single by Jake Mantalica.
Mantalica started the fourth inning with a double. He would score on a wild pitch to raise the lead to 2-0.
Cumberland got its only run on a walk and a double in the fifth inning.
One of the big differences in this game was defense. Somerset made several sharp defensive plays. The biggest was in the third inning, when Cumberland got a one-out double. The next batter drove a one-hopper to Somerset shortstop Jordan Langness. The runner on second tried to advance, but Langness calmly fired the ball to Peters at third to get the out on the tag play.
Zack Waalen was the winning pitcher for Somerset, working into the fifth inning. Peters pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning, striking out the final two batters, to preserve the championship win.
Somerset coach Dion Langness said he was excited to see the team stay focused and execute well in a playoff game after losing the WIAA sectional championship game the past two years.
"It was great to see the kids keep the right attitude and confidence to win the biggest game of their Legion experience. They learned that there is a right and wrong way to play the game, no gray area. The kids will be ready for a very successful high school season next year if they continue to play it the right way and implement the important things they learned this Legion season," Langness said.