A gorgeous July 5 afternoon set the stage for the 1st Annual Langdon vs. Munich Alumni American Legion Baseball Game, which this year was part of Langdon’s 125th Celebration.
By JAKE KULLAND
Republican Sports Writer
Posted July 15, 2013
25 former American Legion players played for Langdon and 11 for Munich. Brett Zeis was captain of the Langdon team, while Mark Woodrow captained Munich. Jim “Sal” Salvaggio also helped coach the Langdon squad.
The Langdon team spanned the decades, going all the way back to the late 70’s to present day. The Munich team mostly had players from the 90’s and 2000’s.
An unexpectedly huge crowd enjoyed the game, which was estimated at it’s highest at approximately 350 people.
Before the contest the color guard from Langdon American Legion Post #98 was on hand to present the colors, and a ceremony was held to honor Larry Petri, who made a generous donation to fund the entire dugout at project at American Legion Field. Petri was also to throw the honorary first pitch to Langdon starting catcher Marty Tetrault. Jade Tibbits was the starting pitcher for Langdon, and threw a surprisingly strong first inning. He did get into trouble with some walks in the second however. And those extra base runners came home on two long bombs from Munich. Blake Klein hit a bullet over the right field fence, then later in the inning Adam Wirth took one way out in left.
Alex Anderson pitched the first five innings for Munich, and yielded just a couple of runs. Alex Chaput hit a long home run to center on his first at bat of the game. Defensively Ricky Woodrow was a star in right field for Munich,and each team turned a double play in the game. Other highlights in the contest were Todd Domres throwing a scoreless inning on less than 10 pitches. Justin Flink, who many said threw the hardest of anyone all day, threw a scoreless one as well. Wirth pitched an inning and struck out four batters (one reached base on a dropped third strike), and Thomas Vesterso pitched the final innings for Munich. Chaput, Zack Schaefer and Josh Zeis also threw for Langdon.
Perhaps the best highlight of the day was when Tanner Adam pitched the ninth for Langdon, and was caught by his father Jay Adam. It was a one of kind memory for both men (In another highlight, or low light, Jay, the oldest member of either team, laid down a perfect bunt in his only at bat of the game. But he could not find his spikes for the game, so he ran in sneakers. Trying to make it to first, he took two steps slipped and fell on his face. It was one of funnier moments of the day, and that’s what these games should be all about).
Drew Wold, who played for Munich was the MVP of the game, going 3 for 4 with 3 runs batted in. The final score ended begin Munich 14, Langdon 4. And while the score was important to some, the majority of players just enjoyed getting back out on the diamond and playing some hard ball.
Other players taking the field for Munich Riley Beck (who had two hits), Jason Wirth, Mitchell Wirth and Josh Bukowski. Others for Langdon included Zach Zeis, Marty Mikklesen, Craig Mondor, Nic Schaefer, Quentin Wenzel, Ricky Schaan, Joe Stadler (who had two hits), Jesse Zeis, Josh Schaefer, Corey Hanson and Keaton Mikkelsen (We may have missed a couple of players as they came in and out very quickly, and if we did we apologize).
The organizers of the event wanted to thank everyone who came to watch the action, and to the Langdon Park Board Baseball Committee for helping with the event. The teams also wanted to thank everyone who kept them hydrated throughout the game. And a big thank you goes out to umpire Mitch Jorgenson, who donated his time going nine innings behind the plate. Plans are already in the works to have the second annual alumni game next summer. They hope to have the date finalized within the next month or two.