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July 28, 2013

Ste. Genevieve tops Blue Springs for Legion state title

Tyler Shuh’s two-run double highlighted a five-run second inning as Ste. Genevieve Post 150 defeated Blue Springs Post 499/Fike 8-5 for the championship of the Double A American Legion state tournament Sunday at Joe Becker Stadium.

Ste. Genevieve (27-2) will face the Minnesota state champion in the regional tournament at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carthage.

Blue Springs, which forced a second game by winning Sunday’s first game 13-2, was limited to seven hits in the second game by Ste. Genevieve pitchers Bryant Vessell and Andrew Grieshaber.

Grieshaber allowed three runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief.

“We came out flat in the first game,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Cody Schmelzle. “We huddled in the dugout and I told them we’re too tight. We’ve been having fun all year long except for one game and look what happened.”

Blue Springs cut Post 150’s lead to 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Zachary Ehlen’s double down the left-field line scored catcher Trevor Henson, who led off with a single up the middle.

Ste. Genevieve responded with three runs in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by Blake Meyer, who was 3-for-4, and Vessell’s two-run double to left field.

Ste. Genevieve first baseman Daniel Bergtholdt and center fielder Koltyn Schilly were 2-for-4.

In the first game, a six-run fifth inning lead gave Blue Springs a 9-0 lead behind the pitching of Kaleb Salmon, who scattered six hits in seven innings, walked one and struck out three.

“We jumped on them early and often,” said Blue Springs head coach Stacy Messner. “Kaleb Salmon had them screwed into the ground. We took advantage of our opportunities and at least made it interesting.

“I don’t think they expected us to score 13 runs,” he said of Ste. Genevieve, which allowed three runs in its first two tournament games. “But they’re a good team, and they bounced back.”

Blue Springs’ Ehlen was 3-for-3 in the first game, scored four runs and had two RBIs. Blake Roberts was 2-for-4 with four RBI, and Jacob Krska was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

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