Devils Lake scores four runs in the sixth inning to win one of two games from Class A East leader Kindred Post 117 in North Dakota Legion baseball.
Devils Lake and Kindred Post 117 played a close enough Game 1 that when the Storm needed to get to aggressive, they could and it paid dividends.
Hayden Hofstad’s single that scored Nate Grafsgaard from second and a two-run double Jacob Greene immediately after in the sixth inning was enough to lift the Storm past Kindred 4-3 in the doubleheader opener Tuesday, July 2 in a North Dakota Class A East Region Legion baseball game from Legion Field.
Post 117 won the second game 6-3.
“The first lefty they threw was quick to the plate but once we were tied up, it’s easier to be aggressive,” said Storm head coach Tanner Carpenter. “When you’re down, you can’t give up outs on the base paths.”
Kindred’s starting pitcher, Andy Freier, stranded seven Storm runners across five innings and was one out away from getting out of the sixth. However, Aiden Moser drew a walk that put runners on first and second after Grafsgaard’s led off the inning with a single and was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Caleb Schneider. Michael Hall came in for relief but instantly gave up an RBI to Hofstad who scored Grafsgaard from that tied the game at 1-all.
Back at the top of the order, Greene’s hit into the outfield was dropped by a diving Freier who had moved to centerfield after being replaced on the mound allowed both Moser and Hofstad to score that gave the Storm (7-12) their first lead of the game. Hunter Swanson drove in Greene and Devils Lake led 4-1.
With two outs, Trenton Duchscherer knocked in Logan Myers and Atley Ingebrigtson’s RBI single scored Freier that got Post 117 to within one run at 4-3. But Parker Vilandre, who came in for Greene who started on the mound for the Storm, in the seventh, got the final out with the tying runner 90 feet away.
“I thought they played real well in Game 1. It’s a matter of time until you breakthrough and they kept battling and kept battling with pretty good at-bats all day long,” Carpenter said.
Grafsgaard and Moser each had two hits for the Storm.
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Sawyer Rolland’s two-run home run in the first, followed by a six run second inning gave Post 117 (8-2) enough cushion to hold off the Storm in Game 2.
“Game 2, we lost a little energy in the middle and it looked as if it was getting out of hand early but we got back into it. … Overall for the day, I thought they did a heck of a job battling,” Carpenter said.
“It goes to show that there’s not a team out there that we can’t beat.”
The Storm is off the rest of the week due to the Fourth holiday. Will host their final home game of the season next Tuesday, July 9th, against the Fargo Bombers.
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