Cokato Legion Post #209 dropped two games at the Avon Tournament Saturday, losing 8-4 to Willmar and 3-0 to the St. Cloud Chutes, before losing to Howard Lake 7-3 Monday.
Against Willmar, Jackson Martin hit a 3-run home run in the third inning to tie the game at 3-3, and Sanders Asplin drove in a run with an HBP in the fourth inning to re-tie the game at 4-4, but Willmar scored four runs in the fifth – three coming on a home run by NCAA D1 recruit Drey Dirksen – to score an 8-4 victory.
In the second game of the tournament, Cokato managed just one hit against the St. Cloud Chutes in a 3-0 loss.
Asplin had the lone hit in the game for Post #209, a single in the fourth inning.
Ethan Mayer pitched well in defeat, giving up just one earned run in six innings. He walked one, and struck out six.
Against Howard Lake, Post #209 scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3, as Noah Halonen and Jaeger Ohm both scored on an error off the bat of Cole Evjen.
However, Howard Lake scored four unanswered runs to take a 7-3 victory.
Ohm took the loss, giving up four runs in 3 1/3 innings. He walked five, and struck out three. Asplin gave up three runs (two earned) in two innings, with Collin Krick picking up the final two outs.
Jacob Niemela had two of Cokato’s three hits in the game.