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Post 15 takes sweep over visiting Moorhead Tuesday

Post 15 pitcher Sam Velde throws a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Moorhead Tuesday night at Washington Ballpark. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

The Detroit Lakes Post 15 baseball team cracked the winning category with a sweep of visiting Moorhead Tuesday at Washington Ballpark.

A five-run fifth inning keyed a 7-5 victory over the Moorhead squad in the nightcap, as A.J. Matter went the distance for DL.

The Post 15 team was able to survive seven errors, as Moorhead had four. DL collected seven hits in the victory.

In game one, DL scored three in the third and one in each of the first and sixth frames to wrap up a 5-4 win. Sam Velde pitched for the complete-game win by allowing six scattered hits.

Moorhead had four errors, while the Post 15 defense was stout with just one.

Post 15 struggled in the Fargo Tournament over the weekend, going 0-5, with losses to Hamiota, Manitoba 11-10, Aberdeen, S.D., 16-7, Moorhead 6-3, Bismarck 5-3 and Fargo 11-3.

DL was in every game, except for the 16-7 loss to Aberdeen.

“We played some very good teams and hung in there against most of them,” said Post 15 head coach Mitch McLeod. “But we had too many walks and errors to win. I was very pleased with the way we batted, since we didn’t have many strikeouts, but put the ball in play.”

DL opened against Hamiota and even led comfortably 10-2 heading into the fifth inning. But several untimely errors and walks led the Canadian team to rally and pull off the 11-10 win.

“We were informed there was no eight-run rule after five innings during the game, but then later found out there actually was an eight-run rule,” McLeod said. “Connor Johnson pitched well, but he just ran out of gas.”

The Post 15 team had only nine players for all five games and that will be a concern throughout the season for McLeod.

The DL squad does return a solid core from its 16-5 Laker team from the spring, though.

Kirk McLeod will anchor the infield at catcher and provide a reliable bat, while Matter returns at first base and will be one of the mainstays on the mound.

Reed Johnson also has a chance to return from an ACL injury and could provide a big arm for Post 15.

In the infield, DL will have a variety of players back, including seniors Austin Eiter at shortstop and Taylor Magnuson at third and outfield, while sophomore Ryan Cihak and Jackson Lyngaas return in the infield.

Others who will be vital contributors include John Schumacher, Cole Hegg, Sam Voz and senior Stephen Erb, who will be patrolling the outfield.

Richie Grossman also brings his consistent glove to the outfield.

The pitching rotation will have Matter and Sam Velde at the top, with Connor Johnson coming in after a solid spring season.

Cihak also showed strong flashes on the hill, as did Voz. Magnuson and Kirk McLeod will be available for spot duty to eat up some innings, as well as Eiter.

“We have enough arms, so we should be OK there,” McLeod said. “Sam Velde is back and when he gets his arm back in shape, he should be fine.”

Kai McLeod also will be available to play as a fill-in if the team’s numbers are down during games and tournaments.

The Post 15 schedule continues Saturday and Sunday at the Perham Tournament, with DL playing Win-E-Mac and Casselton, N.D., to start with.

The next home game is Thursday, June 27, with Alexandria coming to town.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.