Mark Laleman slides home.

Reality bites Legion in Bird Island

Like a puff of smoke, the sweet smell of success faded in the warm evening sun in Bird Island Tuesday night as the Minneota Legion ran into the BOLD Mudhens buzzsaw and were decimated, 32-0.

It was the first game in a best-of-three series, and still without several of their players and coach, the Jr. Legion-fortified Minneota Legion was no match for the Mudhens.

The winners pounded out 24 hits against four Minneota pitchers — Henry Pesch, Sam Buysse, Blake Nelson and Mark Laleman. Max Buchtel hit a two-run home run and Riley Weis a grand slam to pace the Mudhen onslaught.

Minneota got just three hits off sophomore pitcher Jordan Sagedahl. They were a double by Nelson and singles by Pesch and Laleman. BOLD’s Luke Ryan had three hits in the first and second innings, scored three runs and knocked in five. He had a double, triple and single.

BOLD went after Pesch from start and kept up the onslaught against all Minneota hurlers. The second game of the best-of-three will be played at 5 p.m. Thursday in Minneota. If Minneota wins that game, a third game would follow at K. P. Kompelien Field.

Glenwood-Lowry and New London-Spicer are also playing a three-game series with the winner playing the winner of the BOLD-Minneota series for a spot in the Legion State Tournament.

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