The 2014 State B American Legion Baseball Tournament was held in Langdon July 30-Aug. 3 at American Legion Field.
Posted on 8/9/14
By Jake Kulland
Teams that participated were region champions LaMoure, Thompson, Carrington and Burlington, along with second place region finishers Enderlin, Langdon, Nelson County and Renville County. The Langdon Red Sox played great throughout the four games that they played, only losing two one runs games, and one of those in extra innings. Langdon arguably played three of the most exciting game at the State B. They took third place in the tourney and finished with a 17-10 record. Carrington ended up going unbeaten in the tournament, winning the championship game over Thompson 18-6. Overall it was fantastic weather for all five days of the tourney, and a good time was had by all, due to the hard work of the many committee members and countless volunteers.
Here is a recap of Langdon’s games at the State B Tournament:
Carrington 1, Langdon 0
Being the host team in the tournament, Langdon got to play in the last game of the first round of tourney against Carrington, and it would prove to be the best game of the opening day.
Kalton Agnes took the hill for Langdon, and he lived up to pitching in the biggest game of his career, striking out nine Post 25 batters in six innings of work. The only run of the game came in unearned, as Braxton Hewitt reached on an outfield error, then ended up scoring on the back end of a double steal, after the Red Sox were unable to cut off the throw to second. That run came in the first inning, and who knew that would be the only run of the game scored between the two teams.
Patrick Freeman was equally tough for Carrington, holding the Red Sox to just two hits, an Agnes lead off single in the sixth, and an Erik Aanderud double in the seventh. But both times each runner would be stranded on second base. Freeman had seven strikeouts to get the complete game shutout for Carrington, one of three that they would have in the tournament.
Langdon 10, Burlington 2
You never know how a team will bound back after such a tough loss in a state tournament, but Langdon was just fine in their next game, a loser out with the Burlington Bulldogs July 31. Kade Pengilly took the hill and settled things down right away, retiring six of the first seven batters he faced.
The Red Sox would take control of the game on the scoreboard with a run in in the second then four in the third on RBI’s from Erik Aanderud and Cameron Phillips. Pengilly would score his second run of the game in the fifth, then Aanderud and Dalton Fetsch hammered doubles in the sixth inning to put the game away.
Pengilly would finish the game on the mound with eight strikeouts while allowing just four hits. He also was 2 for 3 at the plate. Robb Kuchar also had a nice day offensively reaching base all four times at the plate with two hits and three runs batted in.
Langdon 3, LaMoure 2 (10 innings)
Langdon continued on in the losers bracket against LaMoure Aug. 1. Many thought LaMoure to be the tournament favorite, and their game with Langdon was an instant classic.
The game opened with Kade Pengilly pounding his first triple of the season deep to right centerfield to bring in Kalton Agnes for the first run of the game. LaMoure struck back with two unearned runs helped out by two Langdon errors in the third.
Jace Ramberg led off the fifth inning with a single for the Red Sox, and he was brought in to tie the game at three apiece on a sacrifice fly by Jon Skjerveim.
Agnes again started for Langdon, and he pitched six innings to the Legion rule of 12 innings pitched in three consectutive tournament days. He was spot on once again, striking out 10 batters while walking none.
After Agnes came off the mound in the seventh, Skjervheim came on and pitched the best of his young Legion career, throwing four inning of hitless relief. He was helped out defensively by two nice plays at second base in the eighth by Ramberg, and two fine catches in right field by Robb Kuchar in the tenth.
That all set the stage for the bottom of the tenth inning, when Langdon loaded the bases hits by Agnes and Skjervheim and a walk to Dalton Fetsch. Pengilly came up and hit a tapper back to the mound, but as Post 19 was trying to turn a 1-2-3 double play, the throw to first went out to right field and Skjervheim fittingly scored the winning run.
Agnes and Fetsch each had two hits in the game.
Thompson 6, Langdon 5 (8 innings)
Langdon’s last game in the tourney was yet another memorable one on the Deuce of August. A huge crowd saw the Red Sox battle region foe Thompson to the bitter end. Langdon would strike first, plating two runs in the top of the first inning on run scoring hits from Kade Pengilly and Robb Kuchar.
That 2-0 score would stand up until the third, when Thompson got on the board against Kalton Agnes. Pitching on no days rest, Agnes was tired but did not let it show. Post 181 scored three runs in the third and two more in fifth, but Agnes would shut them down in the crucial fifth and sixth innings. Agnes struck out seven batters, finishing with an impressive 26 K’s for the tournament and 124 for his final season.
With Agnes holding back Thompson in the late innings this allowed Langdon to come back and tie the game with two runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth. Skjervheim had a triple in the fifth, and Pengilly had two RBI’s with Logan Waslaski plating another run. Langdon would strand 14 runners in the game.
With the scored tied in the eighth, Langdon hoped for some more Skjervheim magic, but the youngster just ran out of gas pitching two days in a row. Thompson loaded the bases and scored the winning run when Skjervheim hit Tom Nistler in the foot. Kalen Schawbe, former Langdon resident and grandson of Rick and Sandy Schaan of Langdon was 4 for 4 at the plate for Post 181 and had a number of great plays at shortstop to snuff out three Langdon rallies. Dalton Fetsch missed the game with a dislocated shoulder suffered sliding into second base in the LaMoure game.
Even in defeat, Langdon fans should be very proud of their Red Sox in the state tournament and throughout the season. What a great fun run it was.