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Split decision: Post 15 Legion squad gets mixed results

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It's becoming a broken record for the Detroit Lakes John Bridges American Legion Post 15 baseball team.

That's because the squad split its third consecutive doubleheader - this time at Moorhead on Wednesday.

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Detroit Lakes (5-3) lost the first game 11-1 in a five-inning mercy-rule shortened affair and took the second game 6-1.

"Right now I'm not worried about wins and losses," said Post 15 coach Mitch McLeod. "I'm trying to get us better."

In some cases, McLeod can see the team turn around. Ben Magnunson is coming alive in the batter's box.

Magnunson and Conner McLeod led Post 15 by going 3-for-4 at the plate in the second game with an RBI apiece. Magnunson scored Post 15's first run in the nightcap with a home run in the second.

While the bats scored the runs, Chris Gilson's arm kept Moorhead's hitters at bay as he took the win. He allowed six hits in a complete game.

"I didn't have a slider until the second inning," Gilson said. "Coach put it in. It made the difference."

McLeod saw the difference as well and noted that it was the best he's seen of Gilson this year.

Gilson said that when his slider stays down, he's able to induce grounders that the defense can hopefully take care of. It's a better strategy then letting the opposition hit line drives all day.

"I have to keep the ball down," Gilson said.

Post 15 broke a one-all deadlock in the fourth with a three-run rally and added two in the top of the seventh. Moorhead scored its lone run in the first.

In the first game, it was over for Detroit Lakes in the first as the Blues scored seven.

Moorhead starter Sam Grantham struck out five and allowed two hits en route to the win.

Post 15 hits the road for its first tournament of the year -the Smitty Wood Bat Invitational - that took place last Friday through today.

"They're looking forward to it," McLeod said.

Using wood bats should keep the hitters honest, as the barrel needs be just right to get good contact. Metal bats are more forgiving in that hitters do not have to be as accurate.

Once Post 15 comes home late today, the team plays Perham on Tuesday before two at home in the coming week.

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