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DL Legion scores rare win over Fargo

FARGO - Detroit Lakes' American Legion team was optimistic despite losing its regular-season finale at Fargo Post 2 Tuesday night at Jack William Stadium.

When that 13-2 defeat came using mainly bench players and Post 15 won the first game 8-6, hopes remain high heading into the district tournament today in Fergus Falls.

"I can't remember the last time we beat Fargo," Detroit Lakes coach Mitch McLeod said.

He said the last time the team knocked off Fargo might have been in 1992.

Detroit Lakes (16-18) held off Fargo's rally in the sixth and seventh innings. Jake Kiebke kept his nerve despite coming onto the mound from his spot on second base, and surviving a couple of bases loaded situations.

Kiebke did give up some runs -- five of them actually. But then he got timely outs. He ended up getting through a big jam in the seventh, when Post 2 first loaded the bases -- this time with no outs.

Eric Jagim's double scored two runs after Kiebke allowed a single, a walk and another single in succession. Kyle Kingsley brought the final run through, scoring Brady Meyers in the process, with a single.

Fargo couldn't add on from there. With runners on first and second, and still no outs, Brady Kays hit a comebacker right to Kiebke.

Ben Sand then popped up to Kiebke for the second out.

The pressure was on again after Kiebke walked Zach Braaten. But he buckled down to strike out Jake Nystrom to end the game.

The sixth wasn't any easier for Kiebke. He relieved Reed Oistad after Oistad loaded the bases with no outs.

Two straight groundouts at second, the first with the shortstop going to second and the reverse happening for the second out, scored two runs.

Trading the outs for runs took off some of the heat, as Kiebke induced a pop up to short to end the sixth, with Detroit Lakes holding an 8-3 lead.

After the late drama, Post 15's three insurance runs in the fifth proved to be handy.

Aaron Gnoinsky led off by getting a pass to first off of a fielding error by Sand at third. He went to second on a wild pitch, and third on a throwing error by Kays on the mound.

Doug Dickey's sacrifice fly scored Gnoinsky. Chris Gil-son's RBI single brought in Jake Kiebke, who walked after Gnoinsky's at-bat.

Adam Thielen finished the rally with an RBI double to score Ben Magnuson. Magnuson doubled himself in between Dickey's and Gilson's RBIs.

Max Bentley came up big in the fourth for Detroit Lakes when he laced a double down the third-base line that scored three runs, to give Post 15 a 5-1 lead.

"Doom, doom, doom," Bentley said.

Bentley said that's what everyone on the team says when the team does something good on the field.

Gilson helped out again as well, with a two-run shot to left in the second.

Oistad ended up picking up the win, as starter Jon Tolbert was limited to three innings in preparation for the district tournament. Tolbert allowed only three hits in his short outing.

"Tolbert needed a few innings because he will going again at the end of the week," McLeod said. "Oistad hasn't thrown in quite a while, so we needed to get him a couple of innings."

Post 15 didn't get much rest, as it played East Grand Forks to start the district tournament today. If Detroit Lakes wins, it plays Moorhead on Thursday, while a loss means the team gets a day of rest before an elimination game on Friday.

Post 15 stats

Detroit Lakes Post 15 at Fargo Post 2, Tuesday, July 29.

Game 1

DL 020 330 0 - 8 8 3

Fargo 001 002 3 - 6 8 1

WP: Oistad LP: Kays

2B: Dickey (DL), Magnuson (DL), Thielen (DL), Jagim (F). HR: Gilson (DL).

Game 2

DL 200 00 - 2 5 2

Fargo 071 5X - 13 11 2

WP: Braaten LP: Oistad

2B: Lee (F), Rusch (F), Sand (F), Shelton (F).

HR: Hirchert (F).