The River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team will take a 10-game winning into this weekend’s regional playoffs after dispatching of St. Paul Park 11-1 in its final game of the regular season Tuesday, July 16, at First National Bank of River Falls Field.
River Falls will open regional play in Black River Falls against familiar foe New Richmond Friday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m. River Falls swept New Richmond during the regular season, 6-0 and 15-3. Tomah and Black River Falls will square off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the losers facing each other Saturday at noon and the winners Saturday at 2:15. Action continues at 4:30 Saturday with the championship game scheduled for Sunday, July 21 at noon.
The winner of the four-team, double elimination regional will advance to the Class AA State Tournament July 27-31 in Mauston.
Last Tuesday four different pitchers saw action, including Jaden Schantz who also hit a two-run homer, as Post 121 ended the regular season with an 11-1 win over St. Paul Park.
Schwantz’s home run came in the third inning to give River Falls an 8-0 lead. He allowed St. Paul Park’s only run of the game in the top of the fifth before Joe Stoffel’s doubled home Adam Feyereisen in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the 10-run mercy rule. Schwantz finished with three hits and three runs scored in the win while Stoffel and Tyler Penny drove in a pair of runs each.
Stoffel takes a team-high .409 batting average into the postseason while he’s won all five of his starts on the mound with three complete games and a1.04 earned run average in 27 innings pitched. Schwantz is hitting an even .400 and is 1-1 on the mound with a 2.40 ERA.
Shortstop Adam Feyereisen, who will represent Post 121 in the American Legion All-Star Game at Miller Park Sunday, Aug. 11, is one of five other players hitting over .300 with a .372 batting average while Michael Krueger is hitting .385, James Westhoff .349, Ragan Pinnow .342 and Jake Bergmanis .316.
In addition to Stoffel, Schwantz, Penny, Pinnow, Charlie Griffin, and Andrew Bevens leading an already deep pitching staff, Post 121 will also have the services of last year’s state tournament MVP Jake Lindsay, who pitched a scoreless inning in his second appearance of the season Tuesday night against St. Paul Park. Lindsay, sat out most of the summer after pitching for the University of St. Thomas JV team this past spring.