Legion baseball | A's blank Austin/Albert Lea in tournament opener

Austin/Albert Lea's Ethan Horstmann is safe with a steal of second ahead of the throw and tag attempt by Josh Newman of the Rochester A's Tuesday afternoon at Century High School. The A's won 5-0 in the first round of the First District Division I tournament.

The Rochester A's opened the American Legion baseball playoffs with a strong pitching performance in a 5-0 win over Austin/Albert Lea.

Ross Luinenburg pitched 8 2/3 innings of shut-out ball for the A's in a First District Division I first round game played at Century High School.

"Luinenburg was outstanding, we put the ball in play and we made the plays," said A's coach Jordan Kangas. "Josh Newman made a couple nice plays at second."

The A's are the No. 3 seed in the tournament and Austin/Albert Lea is No. 6.

Riese Zmolek led the A's 11-hit attack going 2-for-4 with run-scoring hits in the fourth and fifth innings. Jordan Jasik went 3-for-5 for Rochester.


The A's play next at 4 p.m. Thursday at Riverland Community College in Austin against No. 2 Owatonna or No. 7 Faribault.

A's 5, Austin/Albert Lea 0

Austin/Albert Lea #000#000#000#—#0#6#4

Rochester A's #000#121#01x#—#5#11#1

Austin/Albert Lea:Ethan Horstmann 2-for-4; Gabe Kasak 2-for-4. LP: Steven Clennon 8 IP.

Rochester A's:Nicholas Pearson 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R; Jordan Jasik 3-for-5, 1 R; Joshua Newman 1-for-4, 1 R; Riese Zmolek 2-for-4, 2 RBI; Tyler Gathman 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 R. WP: Ross Luinenburg 8.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K; Nicholas Smith .1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

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