The International Falls Post 66 legion baseball team dropped a home doubleheader to the Warroad Warriors Monday evening.
The losses puts the Broncos’ record at 11-10.
Game one vs. Warroad, L 6-2
The first four innings of the ballgame were a defensive showcase for both teams, with neither team getting consecutive hits to bring runners home.
The Broncos did threaten with runners in scoring position a few times, but were unable to bring said runners to home plate.
It was the Broncos who got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The scoring started when Blaine Humbert hit a ground ball towards third base, allowing Travis Kalar to score.
Jett Tomczak scored on a Warrior error to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth inning.
However, the Warriors capitalized on Bronco errors in the top of the inning to tie the game up 2-2.
The struggles with errors for the Broncos continued into the seventh inning, with the Warriors netting four more runs to seal the victory.
Game two vs. Warroad, L 8-0
The Broncos’ trouble with errors followed them into game two, with most of the errors coming from wild throws to first base.
These errors allowed the Warriors to score runner after runner in game two, until they reached an 8-0 lead heading into the fourth inning.
While the Bronco defense did stop the Warriors from scoring any runs in the fourth and fifth innings, they were unable to get any runners home themselves, causing the game to be called in five innings.
Head coach Dieter Humbert said a bit of rust was the biggest cause of the Broncos’ errors Monday.
“We had some time off for the Fourth,” he said. “I think that’s why baseball is played every day, because of how fast rust can grow.”
Humbert went on to say he wants to see his team work on their aggression towards the ball when they play next.
“We need to be aggressive and finish our throws,” he said. “We also still leave too many people in scoring positions, so these are things we will continue to work on.”
The Broncos were back on the field Tuesday when they hosted Aurora, the results of which were unavailable at press time.