Finish season with a 21-11 record
The Langdon Red Sox American Legion team earned their way in the 2018 State B Legion Tournament, held Aug. 1-5 in Langdon. The Red Sox, coming in as the runner-up in the Northeast Region, had high hopes of going deep in the tourney and possibly winning it all. But Langdon would commit 13 errors in the three games they played in the tournament, losing to Velva in the first round 7-2, beating Hillsboro-Central Valley in a loser out game 3-0, then exiting the tourney with a 10-8 loss to Carrington. Langdon would end their season with a record of 21-11, and the fine local athletic careers of Jacob Delvo, Brady Otto, Hayes Haslekaas, Conner Tetrault, Anfernee Economy, Braden Harder and Dylan Hall came to an end. Here is a recap of Langdon’s three games at the state tournament:
Velva 7, Langdon 2
A huge crowd was on hand for the Red Sox first game of the tourney against the 39ers. And Langdon would come out and score two runs in the top of the first inning, RBI’s from Conner Tetrault Grant Romfo. It looked promising for a win, but Velva brought in Aaron Dean to pitch in the relief in the first inning, and he shut the Langdon offense down. After the two run first inning outburst, the Red Sox have just three hits the rest of the game.
Logan Harder threw for Langdon in the contest, and pitched well, giving up just two earned runs in the six innings of work. But the Red Sox defense had issues all night, with seven errors in the field. Tetrault later had a double to account for half of Langdon’s hits for the game.
VELVA 7, LANGDON 2
L — 200 000 0 — 2 4 7
V — 102 022 x — 7 9 0
WP — Aaron Dean; LP — Logan Harder
Highlights — L: Conner Tetrault 2×3 2B RBI
Langdon 3, Hillsboro-Central Valley 0
The Red Sox got a fine pitching performance from ace Jacob Delvo in this loser out game, along with some timely defense. Delvo struck out nine batters in six and a third innings pitched, then Conner Tetrault had a rare pitching appearance, got the last two out for the save.
The game was scoreless into the bottom of the fifth inning, when Simon Romfo woke everyone up with a two out double to right center, scoring Braden Harder who had been earlier hit by a pitch. The Red Sox added two more runs in the seventh, with some help by rough HCV pitching. Ethan Sampson walked and Xavier Mitchell was hit by a pitch, both with the bases loaded to bring in runs.
HCV left 12 runners on base for the game, including leaving the bases loaded in three different innings.
LANGDON 3, HILLSBORO-CV 0
HCV — 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
L — 000 012 x — 3 5 3
WP — Jacob Delvo; LP — Colton Anderson
HIghlights — L: Brady Otto 2×2, Simon Romfo 1×2 2B RBI
Carrington 10, Langdon 8
In Langdon’s final game of the tournament, they mounted a big comeback against Carrington but fell short. Post 25 belted two home runs in the first inning of Red Sox starting pitcher Ethan Sampson to take a 5-0 lead. But the Red Sox would respond with three double in a row by Simon Romfo, Jacob Delvo and Conner Tetrault to cut the lead to 5-2.
Carrington would add four more runs of Langdon relief pitcher Grant Romfo on three hits and the help of two Red Sox errors.
Langdon would slowly come back, with a run in the fourth on a Brady Otto double followed by a Logan Harder single, then two more runs in the fifth on hits from Tetrault and Simon Romfo. After Carrington added an insurance run in the sixth, Langdon scored three runs and had the tying runs on base, but could not come all the way back. Otto, Tetrault, Simon Romfo and Xavier Mitchell all had hits in the bottom of the sixth.
Grant Romfo settled down nicely on the mound after the second inning, allowing just two hits in the next five innings he threw.
CARRINGTON 10, LANGDON 8
C — 450 001 0 — 10 12 3
L — 200 123 0 — 8 9 3
WP — Lucas Geizler; LP — Ethan Sampson
Highlights — Simon Romfo 3×3 2 2B 2 RBI, Conner Tetrault 3×4 3 RBI, Brady Otto 2×4 2B, Logan Harder 2×4 RBI, Jacob Delvo 1×4 2B; C: Kyle Leapoldt 2×4 HR 2 RBI, Seth Nelson 1×4 HR 2 RBI