VIRGINIA — Timely hitting from the Virginia American Legion baseball team and a bevy of errors from Aurora Post 241 gave Post 239 a 13-3 win in six innings Tuesday at Stock Field.
Virginia pitcher Nick Peters pitched a complete six innings to get the win for his squad, surrendering three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four.
Aurora starting pitcher Rob Parendo lasted two innings, giving up seven runs to Post 239 on five hits and seven walks. He struck out five. Kalub Corbett pitched the final three and 1/3 innings for Post 241, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one.
Aurora got the scoring started in the top of the first with Parendo blasting an RBI single to center to bring home Cole Meyer. Virginia, however, answered back with four runs of their own in the home half of the opening frame.
Jack Perala got the first run on the board with an RBI single that brought home Landin McCarty. A wild pitch on the next at-bat allowed Peters to score from third.
Two batters later with the bases loaded up a wild pitch from Parendo allowed two more Post 239 runs to come home and score, making it 4-1 after one.
Post 239 got one back in the top half of the second as Corbett reached early in the inning on a single to left field and then moved to second on a walk on the next at-bat. A batter later, Corbett came home to score on a Virginia throwing error to third that cut the deficit to two, 4-2.
A quiet bottom of the second and top of the third made way for a four-run bottom of the third for Virginia.
Daniel Moore starting things off reaching with a hit to right. He then moved to second on a base hit from Tommy Nemanich. Cole Schaefer was then hit by a pitch to load up the bases and a walk to McCarty allowed Moore to come home and score making it 5-2.
Peters went down on strikes on the next at-bat, but a two-RBI single to right center from Carter Thome made it a 7-2 game with runners on first and third. Parendo was taken out of the game a batter later after he walked Perala, loading up the bases once more.
Corbett took his place and with two outs, a wild pitch allowed one more run to score to make it 8-2 after three innings.
Aurora grabbed their last run of the game in the top of the fourth. Trent Braaten started things off with a leadoff double and then advanced to third on a wild pitch from Peters. A throwing error from Post 239 to third base allowed Braaten to come home and score, putting the score at 8-3.
Corbett and Peters pitched solid half innings next but Virginia lit up Corbett in the home half of the fifth to extend their lead.
Peters brought home the first run of the inning on a double that turned itself into a triple due to an Aurora fielding error. Thome then blasted a double to right to bring Peters home.
Up 10-3, a double to left from Ryan Hujanen drove in Thome and one more shot to left field from Moore allowed Hujanen to score, making it 12-3 in favor of Post 239.
The game ended in six innings after Nemanich reached on a leadoff walk. He advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and then moved to third on a wild pitch.
Two batters later with two outs, Thome popped up and a routine fly ball to the infield turned into one last Aurora error, allowing Nemanich to score making it 13-3 and ending the game via 10-run rule.
Virginia’s American Legion squad will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Eveleth. Aurora is set to host Ely, also on Friday. Both games have a start time of 6 p.m.