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East Grand Forks third baseman Micah Friez tags out a Moorehead base runner in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Stauss Field. Despite Friez's efforts East Grand Forks dropped the first game by a score of 5-3. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)

LEGION BASEBALL: East Grand Forks splits doubleheader with Moorhead

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East Grand Forks found that out during a Tuesday doubleheader.

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In the first game, Moorhead scored two runs in the top of the first, sparking the Blues to a 5-3 victory. In the second game, East Grand Forks used the same recipe — scoring four runs in its half of the first — en route to a 4-3 victory at Stauss Park.

“We did come out a little flat in that first inning,” East Grand Forks assistant coach Michael Lukkason said of the first game. “It was a two-run ballgame (after the first)… You can’t have that against a good ball club like Moorhead. They’ll make you pay for that.”

EGF battled back to take a 3-2 lead going into the sixth inning, but the Blues scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh to come away with the win.

The Blues’ go-ahead run came off the bat of Jake Erholtz, who doubled to drive in Drew Anderson. Preston Kraiter followed with a double of his own to add another run.

“We finally started to hit the ball a little bit at the end of the game,” Moorhead coach Bryant Bergeson said. “Sometimes we have trouble adjusting (to pitchers). We finally did that in the sixth and seventh inning and started to hit the ball a little bit.”

Kraiter led the Blues at the plate, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run, while EGF was led by Scott Mortenson, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

A nice cushion 

 In the second game, East Grand Forks starting pitcher Micah Friez used the four-run first inning to his advantage, pitching all seven innings in the win.

“Micah did great,” said Lukkason. “He did what he was supposed to do, pounded the zone, got ahead and was good with his curveball.”

Friez was able to relax after the big first.

Reed Hjelle and Cooper Jerome both drove in runs with singles in the bottom of the first, while Donnie Musgrove and Hjelle scored on throwing errors by the Blues.

Bergeson said the first inning was the difference.

“That first inning we kicked the ball around a bit,” he said. “I think we made four errors in that first inning, and that’s the ball game.”

The Blues scored a run in the sixth to bring the score to 4-3, but the EGF defense was able to hold them off.

“It was a good team effort defensively,” Lukkason said. “We were on our toes after that first inning. Our pitchers, both Joe (Kvidt) and Micah, did a great job today, and we expect that out of them.”

EGF lead-off hitter Selk led the way in the second game, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run, while Moorhead was led by Kraiter’s 2-for-4 and Tyler Oberg’s 2-for-3.

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