Post 7 participates in Gopher Classic

MINNETONKA —The Huron Post 7 Tigers participated in the Gopher Classic tournament over the weekend. The tournament is held at 16 different sites throughout the Twin Cities area, with Post 7 assigned to Veterans Field in Minnetonka for pool play.

The Tigers opened pool play Friday with a 8-0 loss to Excelsior Post 259. A pitcher’s duel through five innings turned into a blowout win for Post 259 with a 5-run bottom of the sixth inning.

Layne Wenzel opened the game on the hill for Huron, going four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and six walks, striking out three. Tanner Gilbert tossed the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on two hits and three walks.

Logan Leyendecker was the sole Post 7 hitter to reach base twice, with a single and a walk.

Kolby Hofer had a double and a stolen base. Trace Wenz added a steal.

Huron would pick up its sole victory of the tournament in its second game Friday, defeating Providence (MN) Academy Junior Legion 4-0.

Three Huron arms combined for the shutout as Mason Davis tossed the first 3 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and six walks while striking out four. Leyendecker followed and hurled 2 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Jack Pedersen finished the game with a perfect inning, striking out one.

Leyendecker led the Huron offense with a pair of singles.

Wenz had two of Huron’s five team steals in the game. Ethan Busch, Davis, and Gilbert each contributed a stolen base.

A pair of strong innings from Blaine/Lino Lakes (MN) put the first game of the day Saturday for Post 7 out of reach, as they fell 11-2.

Bubba Peterson took the mound to open the game, throwing 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits and five walks. Kolby Hofer completed the game, pitching 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.

Busch powered out a triple to lead the Huron offense.

A pitcher’s matchup against Omaha Burke didn’t go the Tigers’ way Saturday, as Omaha took a 4-0 victory.

Tommie Martin hurled a complete game for Post 7, going six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out three.

The Huron offense was able to get three hits and four walks, but a pair of double plays ended Post 7’s two best scoring opportunities in the third and sixth innings.

Huron closed out the tourney with a hard-fought 5-3 loss to Minneapolis Southwest.

Pedersen took the ball to open the game, throwing five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out a pair. Brady Feenstra pitched the final inning.

Busch was the sole Huron hitter to reach base twice, as he was hit by pitch and reached on a single.

Post 7 takes an 8-21 record into Tuesday’s road matchup with Sioux Falls West and Sioux Falls East.