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LEGION BASEBALL: Work in progress

Despite a state tournament appearance during the high school season, East Grand Forks has shown thus far in American Legion play there is still work to be done for the summer baseball season.

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East Grand Forks' #5 Alex Mushitz awaits the ball as Alexandria's #2 Sam Helgeson slides into second base at Stauss Park in East Grand Forks, Minn. on June 28, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

Despite a state tournament appearance during the high school season, East Grand Forks has shown thus far in American Legion play there is still work to be done for the summer baseball season.

"All of these guys have been playing high school ball for the past two-and-a-half months," said EGF coach Garrett Hjelle. "We've only been together for about a week and we're still learning things, trying guys in different positions and just trying to fill in some gaps."

This was clear as East Grand Forks picked up an 8-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Alexandria on Tuesday at Stauss Park before suffering a 15-3 loss in the nightcap.

In the first game, the middle innings proved to be key in EGF's win, particularly the fourth inning where the team scored four of its eight runs.

"We did a good job of putting the ball into play," said Hjelle. "Our leadoff hitters did a nice job of getting on base and Donnie (Musgrove) did a good job for us on the mound."

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Not only was Musgrove effective on the mound, but he was also a major contributor from the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Alex Mushitz also finished 2-for-3 for the home team, driving in two runs and scoring three runs. Carter Beck went 2-for-2 with two runs.

Alexandria ended the first game with one hit and four errors.

"We didn't play well in the first game," said Alexandria coach Jacob Munsch. "Their pitcher did a nice job of keeping us off balance. We came alive in the second game, Hunter (Schoenrock) did a great job for us on the mound and our guys did a good job behind him."

Alexandria opened the second contest with a run and two hits in the first inning, a step up in both categories from the first game.

Alexandria would go on to score four runs in the second, three runs in the third and explode for seven runs in the sixth to put the 10-run rule into effect.

Leading the charge was Schoenrock, who threw a complete game, walking no one and striking out seven. Schoenrock also finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored.

East Grand Forks was hitless until the fourth inning when Kade Spencer notched one of his two hits. Spencer finished 2-for-2 with two RBI.

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"We came out flat to start the second game," said Hjelle. "We didn't compete at all. Their pitcher threw well, but we made some errors that cost us some runs."

East Grand Forks fell to 2-4 on the season.

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