After a difficult start, the Woodbury Legends amateur baseball team is hitting stride as three straight wins have pushed the team's record to 8-9 overall heading into this week's slate of games.
"We're playing very well," coach Don Roemer said. "It's great to see."
The Legends remain in sixth place in the Skyline League standings with a 6-7 league mark, yet were poised to make a push into the upper division as they hosted White Bear Lake July 11 after the Bulletin went to press.
After playing nine of their first 13 league games on the road, Tuesday's game against the Kodiaks was the second matchup of a six-game homestand at the friendly confines of Royals Stadium.
"We're playing our best baseball of the season," Roemer said.
The Legends opened their extended home stay with a come-from-behind 12-7 victory over White Bear Township July 9.
Woodbury was down 5-1 in the top of the second inning when Roemer went to the bullpen for Ricky Sabo, who proceeded to hold Township off the board until the seventh and final inning, when White Bear managed to scrape together a pair of late runs.
By that time, however, the Woodbury bats had come alive, and spurred on by eight Township errors, put seven runs on the board in the sixth inning after drawing even in the fourth.
"It was a good game for us," Roemer said.
The victory helped sustain a joyful feeling in the Woodbury dugout that started with a 2-0 victory over the Stillwater Loggers four days previous.
The Loggers, a team abundant with Woodbury alumni, were held in check by pitcher Mike Fritz who continued his splendid first season with the Legends.
"Mike was quite a find for us," Roemer said.
Fritz held the Loggers to one hit over seven innings while striking out nine. On the season, Fritz given up just three hits and three runs in 14 innings while tallying 19 punchouts.
Offensively, it was the Roemer show as Joe Roemer drove home his brother Jeff in the second and seventh innings to account for both Woodbury runs.
"That was a big, big win," said proud papa Don.
Woodbury also held their other opponent of the week, Inver Grove Heights, scoreless in their July 6 matchup.
The Legends claimed their second-straight road win as Jeff Roemer hurled a three-hit, nine-strikeout gem at the Mud Ducks.
Woodbury would score all the runs they would need in the third inning on an Evan Courteau double that plated Hans Heggernes and Justin Feldkamp. Courteau would later score on Ryan Eckhart's sacrifice fly to secure the 3-0 victory.
"It was a very good week for us," Roemer said. "Now, it's just a matter of keeping it going."