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Max Krautkremer delivers a pitch for TCL as he threw three scoreless innings of baseball. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

When the Tri-City Legion baseball team hosted Belle Plain Friday night at Memorial Park, there was little drama when it came to determining the winner as TCL six runs in the first two innings on the way to a 9-2 victory. The story however proved to be the impressive defensive play from the TCL players highlighted by centerfielder Dylan Hollom who recorded six putouts in the field including a highlight diving grab in the fifth inning.

Balls were flying all over the park from the first pitch as the muggy June air gave every ball in play that extra something, but the pitching of TCL starter Max Krautkremer combined with the defensive showing kept Belle Plaine in check.

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Dyllan Hollom records one of his six put-outs in the win over Belle Plaine as he raises up for a deep fly ball at the warning track. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

In the bottom of the first inning, the first five TCL batters reached base safely with three singles and a walk as well as a throwing error from the Belle Plaine Shortstop and the first four hitters would all reach home safely as every hitter one through nine received an at-bat. Two more runs in the second inning extended the TCL lead which Belle Plaine wouldn’t find an answer until the fourth inning after Krautkremer was relieved.

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Nolan Readmond looks to home as he rounds second base before making the break for third on a bad throw. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

TCL would add three more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth after Belle Plaine scored a second run in the fifth but the damage was done at that point as Tri-City Legion earned the 9-2 victory.

Reach Reporter Ben Camp at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter @SPHvalleysports. © Copyright 2022 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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