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Post 15 Legion Baseball: Youthful mistakes lead to 0-4 start for Detroit Lakes

The Detroit Lakes Post 15 Legion team is off to a sluggish start with four straight losses to begin the season.

Growing pains were expected, with six starters on the Legion team playing junior varsity during the spring season.

“There are a lot of young mistakes being made,” said Legion head coach Mitch McLeod. “One of the big problems, thus far, is our pitchers are not throwing strikes. They need to learn how to locate their pitches.”

Post 15 dropped its season opener in Thief River Falls by the scores of 5-1 and 6-3.

Sam Voz, who was a starter for the Laker varsity team this past spring, started on the mound and showed some rust after a two-week layoff.

“Thief River Falls bunted well with four or five bunt base hits,” McLeod said.

“Sam pitched OK, but you could tell it was his first time pitching in over two weeks.”

Turner Storm limited DL to three hits, with Voz gaining two of them in the 5-1 loss.

Austin Lafriniere started in game two, pitching well in the first two scoreless innings, but falling in trouble in the third with two outs.

TRF was able to garner four runs in the frame, all with two outs on the board.

“This has been a problem in the past, is that we can’t get that third out,” McLeod said. “It’s mainly focusing.”

Post 15 fell in a doubleheader sweep in East Grand Forks by the scores of 6-2 and 16-0 Thursday, June 12.

Laker ace Connor Johnson was also a bit rusty after a long layoff from the varsity season, allowing nine hits in the 6-2 loss, but also had six walks.

Chase Metelak had two of DL’s four hits in the loss.

EGF unleashed for 13 hits, as well as took advantage of 11 free bases by either walk or hit by pitches in the 16-0 rout.

Matt Haire started on the mound and pitched well, but was too wild in the upper zone of the plate.

“Matt had good stuff, his breaking ball was sharp, but too many of his pitches were high and batters on the varsity level will not swing at those,” McLeod said. “Matt has a lot of potential; he just needs to start getting his ball lower.”

Post 15 will take part in the Perham Wood Bat Tournament Saturday and Sunday. They open versus Ottertail Central at 9:30 a.m. and face Fergus Falls at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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