LEGION BASEBALL: East Grand Forks sweeps Detroit Lakes
East Grand Forks coach Garret Hjelle had a talk with lead-off hitter Trevor Selk after Tuesday’s games against Fergus Falls. As the EGF leadoff hitter, Hjelle stressed the need for Selk to be a table setter for the offense.
Selk took the talk to heart.
In the opening game of a doubleheader Thursday against visiting Detroit Lakes, Selk reached base in all four of his at-bats, scoring twice in leading East Grand Forks to a 6-2 win. East Grand Forks completed the sweep with a 16-0 win.
“That’s huge,” Hjelle said of Selk’s productive opener. “We talked a little bit after the other night when I don’t know if he got on base much at all.
“He worked on it. He was in the cage before the game, he wanted to make sure he was getting some good at bats up there . . . he did a nice job. That’s what the lead-off hitter is supposed to do, get on base and we’ll get you around.”
Selk started the hitting for East Grand Forks with a single in the first inning and was driven home by Reed Hjelle three batters later. A Donnie Musgrove single to left scored Cooper Jerome followed by a bases-loaded walk by Talon Freitag to give EGF a 3-0 lead in the first.
East Grand Forks, which received a strong performance by starting pitcher Taylor Brierley, allowed two runs in the fourth inning, bringing Detroit Lakes within a run.
Detroit Lakes’ Matt Haire drove in Sam Voz on a fielder’s choice to second base, then a Chase Morris sacrifice fly scored Chandler Gray.
“It seems like sometimes (the EGF players) have a tendency to take their foot off of the gas pedal when they get up early,” the coach Hjelle said.
In the bottom of the fourth, East Grand Forks responded when Hjelle doubled to drive in Selk and Nate Phillips. Scott Mortenson followed with a single to bring in Hjelle.
“Coming back after a team scores a couple of runs against you and then answering back in the bottom half is huge,’’ coach Hjelle said.
After the fourth, Brierley and the East Grand Forks defense allowed only one hit the rest of the way.
Brierley finished the game allowing five hits in seven innings.
In the second game, East Grand Forks scored 13 runs in the fourth inning on its way to a 16-0 win.
Musgrove only allowed two Detroit Lakes hits, while East Grand Forks finished with 15 in a game that ended after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.
Cole Hammargren led the way for EGF, going 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs.
Hjelle went 3-for-4 along with Jerome, Phillips and Mortenson each adding a pair of hits for EGF, which improved to 4-0.