The Fergus Falls American Legion Post 30 baseball team opened its season with a doubleheader against Detroit Lakes Tuesday. Detroit Lakes was not kind to Post 30 as they swept the pair 17-3 and 9-5.
In Game 1, pitching woes and errors gave Detroit Lakes the win.
“We weren’t able to throw enough quality strikes over the plate, we also booted the ball around too many times to give ourself a chance to win,” Post 30 coach Trevor Larson said.
Bo Bring took the loss for Fergus Falls pitching 2 2/3 innings and allowing six runs on six hits. Adam King, Kaden Conklin and Michael DeBrito each pitched in relief.
Carter Thielke led Post 30 from the plate going 2-for-3, while teammate Isaac Johnson and Andrew Johnson each had an RBI in the game.
In the second game, a better showing from Fergus Falls kept the game close but free passes and errors again gave Detroit Lakes the victory.
“We came out and responded in Game 2 with a more concentrated effort. We still issued eight walks and had three errors that led to our downfall. We see a lot of areas where we need to improve but we have a good group of guys that will learn and get better,” Larson said.
Thielke again led Fergus Falls at the dish going 2-for-3, while Arik Heacox provided two RBIs in a 1-for-2 effort.
Nathan Kenjalo took the loss pitching four innings, striking out three and allowing one earned run on four hits. Will and Ethan Gronwold combined to finish the final three innings in relief.
Post 30 is coached by Larson, Tosten Mann and Spencer Strom.
Post 30 will return to action June 16 against Brainerd at 5 and 7 p.m.