Breckenridge hit the road for their American Legion season debut and found themselves in an offensive shootout against Hawley, Minnesota. Both teams piled on the runs in the Wednesday, June 12, showdown, but the the hosts went on to spoil Post 53’s opener with a 14-13 victory.
“We had only had one practice before our first Legion game and it showed,” Breckenridge coach Kevin Hiedeman said.
Multiple mental mistakes placed Breck in their first outing. Whether it was not tagging up at third base on a fly ball, a pitcher not covering first on a ground ball, not covering home on a passed ball or base runners missing signs, Post 53 shot themselves in the foot all game.
“It wasn’t the start we were looking for. I knew that we would be a little bit rusty but we made a lot of physical mistakes and even more mental mistakes tonight,” Hiedeman said. “Those are mistakes that we can’t make so we’ll get those fixed.”
The Post 53 pitching staff struggled to throw first-pitch strikes all game, which put the defense in bad spots. Hawley took advantage by smacking 14 hits in their six innings of batting.
“Defensively we made some mistakes,” Hiedeman said. “There were a lot of hard-hit balls that went in the book as hits that we had opportunities to make plays on but didn’t.”
The lone Breck bright spots came at the plate. Tyson Piechowski had three hits (one being a homer) and a walk.
“Ty Piechowski had a spectacular night at the plate,” Hiedeman said.
Mitch Porter also had a trio of base rips and Andrew Kram followed with two.
Breckenridge makes their home debut at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17 against Barnesville, Minnesota.
“We have a couple practices to get these things fixed as we play six games in seven days next week,” Hiedeman said.