Legion team cruising through District tourney


Sibley East’s American Legion baseball team continues to post wins in convincing fashion. The local nine outscored two opponents 22-2 last weekend in the Third District Division II tournament at Jordan.

Sibley East, 14-2, will now face Jordan and its standout pitcher T.J. Oakes in the finals of the winner’s bracket. That contest is scheduled for Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Jordan. For more tourney information, see bracket on this page.

Two more wins in the District Tournament would give Sibley East a State Tournament berth. The State tournament will be played the weekend of July 31st in Le Sueur.

SE 11 Belle Plaine 1
Another solid offensive outing led Sibley East to victory in its first District Tourney game. The black and gold cranked out 13 hits Saturday in an 11-1 victory over Belle Plaine.

Lucas Herd powered the Sibley East offensive attack with four hits, four runs scored and three RBI’s. Michael Bullert and Ben Melsha also highlighted play for Sibley East as they both belted home runs.

Sibley East plated runs in four of its five at-bats. Herd and Jon Waltz hit doubles to give Sibley East a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Four hits, including an Erik Goetsch double, sparked a four run rally for Sibley East in the second frame. Bullert and Melsha would later hit home runs enabling Sibley East to cruise to victory and end the game in five innings.

Matt Pichelmann was the winning pitcher. He scattered five hits and struckout three.

SE 11 Pine Island 1
Sibley East stretched its win streak to 13 games Sunday, toppling Pine Island 11-1 in five innings.

Timely hitting fueled Sibley East which plated runs in all four of its at-bats. Eight players scored runs and eight players recorded at least one RBI for the winners.

Pine Island held a brief 1-0 lead in the first inning only to have Sibley East answer with eleven straight runs.

Sibley East took command with a six run, third inning. Four hits powered that rally including doubles by Lucas Herd and Blake Henke.

Herd finished the game with three RBI’s while Michael Bullert and Nate Pilacinski tagged two hits apiece.

Erik Goetsch was the winning pitcher. He allowed four hits in five innings. Goetsch struckout five.