The toughest stretch of the American Legion baseball schedule for East Grand Forks comes Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Gopher Classic in Lakeville, Minn.



East Grand Forks will play teams from Omaha, Shakopee, Stillwater, Sioux Falls and Lakeville.

"It's always competitive with good teams down there," EGF coach Michael Lukkason said. "We'll see where we stand."

With the challenging road ahead, EGF couldn't be too disappointed in only playing two five-inning, 10-run-rule-shortened games against Detroit Lakes on Wednesday night at Stauss Park.

EGF swept Detroit Lakes 17-1 and 16-6.

Big innings -- and big home runs -- were the story for EGF, scoring 11 runs in the third inning of Game 1 and 12 runs in the fourth inning of Game 2.

Jake Hjelle hit a no-doubt, grand slam for EGF in Game 1, while teammate Evan Estad sent his homer just as far across 7th St. NE in Game 2.

Estad, who hit his third homer of the season, was 3-for-4 in Game 2 with two doubles to the wall and the home run.

"He's capable of hitting big balls like that," Lukkason said. "He can hit the long ball, absolutely. He was locked in tonight and put some good swings on the ball."

EGF improved to 16-6 and 6-2 in conference play with important league games against Bemidji and Moorhead left on the schedule.

"We have to be tough mentally," Lukkason said. "(Moorhead) is No. 10 in the state. It's going to be a good test but nothing we're not up for."

Against Detroit Lakes in Game 1, Victor Saucedo threw four innings and allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out three.

He was helped at the plate by Carter Beck, who was 3-for-4 with a double, and Cooper Holm, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

In Game 2, Alex Mushitz led EGF at the plate with a 4-for-4 showing with a pair of infield singles.

On the mound, Ross Corbid threw four innings and scattered five hits without allowing an earned run.

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