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The first time Dickinson and Omaha (Neb.) PI Midwest met each other in the Central Plains Regional Tournament, the Nebraska state champions put on a 10-run thumping. Oh, what three days and three wins did for the surprising Roughriders American Legion baseball team. Dickinson battled until the end, but didn't have enough firepower as Omaha took a 7-3 win in the second meeting between the two teams of the tournament in the play-in to the championship game Monday on Astoria Field at Southside Ballpark. The loss ended the host team's remarkable run to the final day of the tournament despite en
All throughout the season, Dickinson Roughriders head coach Cory Hansen said he had a special team. It was an American Legion baseball team that never gave up, fought to the end and climbed out of early deficits. But, they could never get over the hump and accomplish something special. It turns out, Hansen was right. On Sunday night, something special finally happened.
Two things can happen when Minnesota American Legion baseball teams as familiar as Eden Prairie and Edina play each other. It will either be a pitching duel or a hitting parade. This time it was an offensive showdown at the Central Plains Regional Tournament. "Eden Prairie is in our district, they are coached very well and they are a very good hitting team," Edina head coach Nick Kennedy said.
The Dickinson Roughriders' Cinderella story continues at the Central Plains Regional Tournament. Led by Korey Kallenbach's magnificent performance on the mound, the Roughriders claimed a 5-1 victory over Papillion (Neb.) Pinnacle Bank in the loser-out round of the American Legion baseball tournament on Saturday afternoon on Astoria Field at Southside Ballpark. "I felt great," Kallenbach said with a smile. "I had all my off-speed pitches working perfectly.
Eden Prairie's Cameron Mingo and Omaha PI Midwest's Jeff Albrecht were locked into a pitcher's duel for the first six innings. That was until Albrecht and Mingo were replaced by relief pitchers and the show was taken over by an Eden Prairie bench player.
Dickinson didn't want to recreate its one-hit, 10-run loss experience from Thursday night. In fact, the American Legion baseball team didn't want to stop playing at all. "(On Thursday), we had one hit and we just weren't ready to play," Dickinson shortstop Dylan Skabo said.
Omaha (Neb.) PI Midwest brought its hot bats more than 700 miles to the Central Plains Regional American Legion baseball tournament. The Blue Jays scored nine runs in the first four innings en route to a 10-0 win in seven innings against the host Dickinson Roughriders on Thursday night in the final game of the opening round on Astoria Field at Southside Ballpark. "We got nice counts to hit in," Omaha head coach Pat Mooney said. "We were real aggressive when they were in the zone and I was pleased with our approach at the plate." Omaha took its lead from the No. 6 batter in its order, T.J.
The Eden Prairie (Minn.) American Legion baseball team's Central Plains Regional Tournament didn't get off to a fairytale start.
Taylor Kraenzel is the type of player any coach would love to have on the team. He's willing to play any position on the field if it means helping his team win. Kraenzel and the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team enter the Central Plains Regional Tournament today at Astoria Field at Southside Ballpark. "It's really doesn't matter," Kraenzel said. "I'm just doing whatever I can to help the team. Over the years I've played a lot more infield, but the outfield is really easy to adapt to.
Omaha Pi Midwest and Eden Prairie know the talent level and what to expect as they step foot on Astoria Field today. The two teams are returning to the Central Plains Regional seemingly going down different paths -- one the 2011 American Legion World Series champion and the other looking to make it to the national tournament. "They're not coming in stunned and meeting the other state champions from all over," Omaha head coach Pat Mooney said.