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New Richmond wins opener in new American Legion baseball league

The first game for the New Richmond American Legion Senior baseball team in the new Three Lakes League was a success.

New Richmond won its league opener Saturday morning at Baldwin, 2-0. The league is set up for teams to play double-headers. The first game is the league contest, while the second game is viewed as a non-conference developmental game. Baldwin won the second game Saturday, 5-2.

New Richmond won Saturday's opener behind another pitching gem from Reece Lucas. He threw a four-hit shutout to get the win. Defense was one of the keys to the win, with Lucas getting spotless defensive support behind him.

Braeden Gefeke threw the second game for New Richmond. Post 80 coach Travis Helland said the summer is important for a player like Gefeke, who is close to being ready to contribute at the varsity level next spring.

New Richmond is scheduled to play a double-header at Chippewa Falls this Thursday, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. New Richmond will play at St. Croix Central on Sunday, with games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

New Richmond Junior

The Post 80 Junior team opened it season with an offensive eruption, defeating Hudson on Sunday, 23-12.

New Richmond posted 22 hits in the game. That was led by four hits from Charlie Thibodeau. Reese Atzmiller, Carson Smith and Matt Harle each had three-hit games.

Junior Legion coach Mark Smith said James Schutte performed well as the team's starting pitcher, striking out seven batters in four innings of work. The New Richmond offense had its struggles, with four hits in each game.

The Junior Legion team will be home Thursday, facing Rice Lake in a double-header that begins at 5:30 p.m. The Junior League team will host Somerset for two games next Tuesday, also in a 5:30 p.m. start.

St. Croix Central Junior

The Central Junior Legion team had a successful start to the season, winning a pair of games at Amery last Thursday. Central won the opener 6-1 and took the second game 3-2.

Central coach Tom Sauve said the Post 432 Junior team is starting the season as an open audition for players to move up to the Senior team. Evan Hill got the pitching win in the opening game. He also drove in the team's first run and later ripped a triple, where he was able to score on an Amery error.

Josh Woodington had three hits for the day and Eric Lay had two hits and two runs scored as two of Central's main offensive contributors.

Central's Junior Legion team sees Amery again this Thursday, this time with the games at Hammond. The Junior Legion will also play at Spring Valley on Friday and will host St. Croix Falls next Tuesday. The Central Senior Legion team hosts New Richmond for a pair of games on Father's Day at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Somerset Legion

The Somerset Junior Legion team will get in its first games this week. Somerset hosts Clear Lake on Thursday and will play at New Richmond next Tuesday.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for more than 30 years.

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