Detroit Lakes Post 15 improved to 3-0 on the season coming back from a late 5-2 deficit to walk off the Twin Valley/Ulen-Hitterdal Post 431 Red Sox 6-5 in eight innings Wednesday, June 9, at Washington Park.
The Sox got an impressive start on the mound from lefty Connor Nelson, who held the Lakers to two runs and five hits into the seventh inning.
“(He) handcuffed us pretty good; we just needed to keep battling and we did,” DL head coach Phil Kirchner said. “This team has been like that all spring and now into the summer. Hoping those seniors playing can mentor and be good role models to those younger players who will be varsity next year.”
The core of Post 15’s roster is made up of five senior members of the 18-win Detroit Lakes high school team: Trevor Schnathorst SS/P, Andrew Kulik OF/P, Jake Bishop OF, Blaine Henderson P/C, and Zack Oistad 1B/P.
Junior standouts and Laker starters Bradly Swiers and Jordan Tucker OF/P lead a group of seven incoming seniors, with Landon Mousseau OF, Markus Lyman 1B/P, Nate Mohr OF, Carson Rogstad INF, and Noah Hagen OF.
Five members of the Class of 2023 have also made early contributions, including Laker sophomore starter Jacob Thomas INF/P, Mason Omberg SS/P, Grady Kirchner C/OF, Kyler Johnston 1B/P, Hunter Korth OF/P, and Brock Okeson 3B/P.
Nelson came to the mound with the 5-2 lead in the seventh, but DL quickly put runners on the bases with a Korth walk and an Omberg single.
Korth worked his way to third base and stole home when Nelson dropped the ball trying to relay to the plate.
Kulik earned a walk and Omberg made the score 5-4 coming home on a Mousseau single.
Nelson struggled with his control and a walk to Swiers tied the game pushing Bishop home.
Nelson exited and the Sox bullpen got out of the jam to force extras.
Kulik came into the game late to pitch for the Lakers and was efficient in retiring Sox batters, getting easy ground balls for outs and fanning three batters.
DL loaded the bases in the home half of the eight inning on an Oistad walk, a fielder's choice and an error putting Schnathorst at third base with the winning run.
He stole home for the win.
Mousseau was the only DL player with two hits.
Post 15 opened the season the day prior at home in a doubleheader sweep of Fergus Falls Post 30 by scores of 17-3 and 9-5.
Omberg was 4-4 at the plate; Kirchner was 3-3 to lead a 16-hit offensive barrage in game one.
Henderson fanned five in three innings to get the win.
Oistad was the winning pitcher with Tucker earning the save in the nightcap. Oistad helped himself out with a two-hit game to lead the offense.
Post 15 (3-0) travels to Mandan, North Dakota for tournament play; five games are scheduled over three days June 11-13.
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