Weston Funk hurled a no hitter for the Pelican Rapids American Legion Orange Sox. Funk is pictured here, throwing for the Vikings high school squad in May, prior to the start of the Legion ball season.

Funk mows down 10 as Pelican Legion shuts out Frazee

Weston Funk flirted with perfection last June 8 at Chauncey Martin Field. 

Getting the start on the mound for the Pelican American Legion Orange Sox season opener, he earned the win pitching all seven innings without allowing a hit or issuing a walk—while striking out 10 Frazee batters. 

Final score was 6-0.

 Two Pelican errors were the only blemishes on the scoreboard. Just as impressive, Funk completed his no-hitter on only 77 pitches. 

Weston Funk kept Frazee batters off guard 

“Weston threw an outstanding game,” noted head coach Andy Johnson, “He changed speeds and located his pitches all night. It was fun to watch.”

Pelican opened the scoring in the first inning. After singles by McHale Korf and Timmy Guler, Carson McNeal would add a single of his own to drive in Korf for the game’s first run. A walk by Funk loaded the bases and Peyton Blakeway drew another walk to bring in Guler and make the score 2-0. 

The Orange Sox would add to their lead in the fourth inning as Blakeway scored on a Korf single. Base hits by Logan Fahje and Brayden Ecker as well as some misplays by Frazee led to the other three Pelican runs. Korf and Guler finished with two hits each while McNeal, Fahje, Ecker, and Luke Sjolie all had one.

Pelican falters in twin bill nightcap

Game two of the doubleheader proved to be more difficult for the Orange Sox, as Frazee turned the tables and won 13-3.

Logan Fahje started on the mound and completed the first four innings allowing four runs though only two of them were earned. 

Errors plagued the Sox throughout the contest leading to six unearned runs allowed. 

“We were our own worst enemy in game two,” stated Johnson, “We gave them too many extra bases defensively and couldn’t find a way to piece together a hit with runners in scoring position.”

Pelican got on the scoreboard in the third inning on a bases loaded walk by Fahje making the score 4-1. Frazee then put the game out of reach scoring four runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth. 

Pelican leaves 11 stranded on bases 

The Orange Sox had opportunities to score every inning but left 11 men on base. Timmy Guler, Weston Funk, and Isaac Olson added hits.