American Legion Baseball

American Legion Baseball

The Jordan American Legion baseball team hosted the annual Todd Oakes Memorial Tournament this weekend at the Mini-Met.

Post No. 3 went 2-1 in the tournament to finish in third place while New Prague won the tournament.

It is kind of fitting that New Prague won the tournament, as most of the players on that team played for the New Prague High School team that finished second in state and are coached by Tanner Oakes, Todd Oakes’ youngest son.

New Prague defeated Belle Plaine 5-1, Norwood 13-3 and Elysian-Morristown 10-0 to capture the tournament title.

As for the Jordan American Legion team, they opened the tournament last Friday night with a 3-2 win against Mishicot, Wisconsin. The game was scoreless through three-and-a-half innings before Jordan broke through with two runs in the fourth inning.

Jonathan Draheim drove in Ryan Friedges with an RBI single and came around to score on a two-out single by Josh Breise. Mishicot came right back to tie the game in the fifth inning but Jordan scored the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth when Jarrett McDermid led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch.

On Saturday, things didn’t go as well as Jordan lost 12-6 to Elysian-Morristown. Post No. 3 trailed 10-1 in the sixth inning but battled back to score five runs in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 10-6 before losing 12-6.

The team bounced back to finish third by beating Norwood 9-8 on Saturday night. In that game, Jordan trailed 8-5 in the seventh inning but rallied to score three times to tie it up at 8-8 before winning 9-8 in the ninth inning.

Post No. 3 was down to its last out when Friedges hit a triple in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 8-7. Draheim tied the game at 8-8 with a double that scored Friedges. Friedges won the game in the ninth when he hit a two-out double and scored on a throwing error on Norwood.

Prior to the tournament, Jordan was 0-3 in the American Legion season with a 12-0 loss to Le Sueur, a 6-5 loss to Forest Lake and a 15-5 loss to St. Paul Park.

The season continues for Jordan this week as they host Elyisian-Morristown on Thursday, June 27 at the Mini Met at 5 p.m. On Friday, they host Ely at Field 2 at Jordan High School at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, they host New Ulm Gold at 1 p.m. at the Mini Met. They travel to Waconia on Monday.

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Todd Abeln has been the Shakopee and Jordan sports editor for more than 10 years. He enjoys highlight big accomplishments and competitive games. Todd also enjoys golf, softball and watching his kids play baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball.

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