Legion Post 15 gains split in Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS - Old fashioned baseball led the Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 team to a split at Fergus Falls in a doubleheader on Thursday.
It wasn't fancy, but Ben Mangunson's RBI double did the trick in breaking a seventh-inning deadlock in the nightcap that helped DL eke out a 3-2 win.
With two out and a runner on second, Fergus Falls starter Nick Johnson had options in getting Magnunson out. He tried to sneak a breaking ball in and it hung in the middle of the plate. Magnunson couldn't lay off the gift and smacked it to left for a double that brought in Reed Oistad from second.
"I was surprised to see it where I did," Magnunson said. "I couldn't say no to it."
Oistad led off with a single and Aaron Gnoinski's bunt set the table as it brought Oisted over to second.
With the lead in hand, Chris Gilson was ready to close it out for the complete game.
He induced two flyballs for the first two outs. Johnson seemed to strikeout Erik Rohlfs for the last out, but the umpire ruled it was outside on a full count - hanging just an inch or so off the plate.
"I was a little frustrated," Gilson said.
If he was, it just helped him in the end as he caught Devon Barker looking to get the strikeout that eluded him before.
Seeming to get stronger in the later innings, Gilson said that his emotions do that to him. "When the other team frustrates me, I go hard," he said.
Detroit Lakes scored a run in each of the last three innings. Conner McLeoad's sacrifice fly scored Adam Thielen from third to tie the game at two. Thielen doubled and an error by Fergus Falls second baseman Matt Hanson took him to third.
The fifth inning saw DL get its first run. A single and walk gave Jake Kiebke the opportunity to break a one-all deadlock. Kiebke singled in Nate Berg for the go-ahead run.
Fergus Falls scored first in the second off of a Kyle Shaikoski RBI single. Much to DL coach Mitch McLeod's chagrin, Post 15 gave up a lead-off walk and allowed an error.
"That's exactly what happened (walks and errors)," McLeod said, explaining why Fergus Falls was able to get runs in both games.
The second Fergus Fallls runs came in the fifth when an error by Oistad scored Conner Kerr. An abortive 4-5-6 double play that only get to one out on Rohlfs' at-bat gave Fergus Falls a second chance.
The opening game was a whitewash from the second inning on. DL lost 10-4 as Fergus Falls kept the pressure on throughout.
Post 15 took a two-run lead after one before Fergus Falls took over for good in the second by putting five runs on the board. Fergus Falls added two in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Magnunson had three RBIs in the first game - two from sac flies and one from a single. Doug Dickey opened the first with an RBI single as well.
At least DL is taking chances instead of letting the opposition get easy outs, McLeod said.
"We're swinging the ball," McLeod said. "If you see the ball and drop the barrel, you'll have success,"
DL splits against Thief River Falls
In an off-and-on day at the plate, DL took the opener, but lost the second game of a doubleheader at Thief River Falls.
Exploding for 11 runs to win 11-4, almost everyone on the team scored, except for two. The game turned in the fourth when Post 15 scored seven. Oistad took the win in a complete game.
But the second game, the bats went cold as Thief River Falls won 8-0 as DL was held to a lone hit courtesy of Oisted.
Post 15 201 010 0 - 4 7 2
FF 050 203 x 10 11 2
WP: Matt Duenow LP: Brock Johnson 2B: Hanson 2 (FF), Barker (FF), Kerr (FF), Oistad (DL) 3B: Briese (FF)
Post 15 000 011 1 - 3 8 3
FF 010 010 0 2 7 2
WP: Gilson LP: N. Johnson 2B: Magnunson (DL). Thielen (DL)