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St. Paul Park Legion squad goes 2-2 at tournament

The hot bat of Mike Sellner, with some help from Dan Ubl and Deryk Marks, led the St. Paul Park Legion baseball team to a 2-2 record at the St. Louis Park tournament over the weekend.

The hot bat of Mike Sellner, with some help from Dan Ubl and Deryk Marks, led the St. Paul Park Legion baseball team to a 2-2 record at the St. Louis Park tournament over the weekend.

Sellner went a combined 9-for-14 in the four games for a .643 batting average and also pitched a shutout against Shakopee on Saturday. Ubl, who will only be a sophomore next season and also plays for the VFW team, went 6-for-11 with two walks during the tournament and Marks went 5-for-13 at the plate through the weekend.

"There were some good teams out there," coach Eric Darwitz said. "We did a pretty good job."

None moreso than Sellner.

"He's just using the whole field," Darwitz said. "He's seeing the ball well right now. Everything coming off his bat is exploding."

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The tournament started on Friday with a 6-5 loss to St. Louis Park in eight innings. St. Paul Park bounced back on Saturday with an 11-0 victory over Shakopee. Sellner went 4-for-4 in the game, including a two-run homer that gave his team the victory in five innings.

St. Paul Park topped Chesterbird (Benilde-St. Margaret's) 3-2 on Sunday thanks to a complete-game four-hitter from pitcher Jason Kickhafer. But the victory was followed with a 12-2 loss to Edina in the final game of the tournament.

It was the end of a busy week for St. Paul Park, as the squad also played league games on Wednesday and Thursday.

Brian Olson pitched a complete game in a 3-1 victory over Stillwater at home on Wednesday. On Thursday, St. Paul Park was shelled by Woodbury Blue in a 15-5 six-inning loss.

Woodbury jumped out to an 8-0 lead before St. Paul Park put up a five spot in the top of the sixth inning. Darwitz took out starter Matt Doornink and put in Ubl to give him his first shot pitching at the Legion level. Ubl retired the first two batters with ease, but in a whirlwind of hits and errors gave up seven runs without recording the third out to end the game. St. Paul Park committed three errors in the inning behind Ubl.

"When you play Woodbury you can't give them extra outs," Darwitz said.

St. Paul Park (6-4) played at Oakdale on Monday and plays at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Mahtomedi.

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