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Moorhead first baseman Drew Anderson reaches for the ball during a pickoff attempt as Detroit Lakes’ Kavon Schumacher tries to get back to the base during an American Legion baseball game on Thursday in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum

Moorhead takes two from Detroit Lakes

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MOORHEAD – Moorhead loved the number two on Thursday at Matson field.

During the second inning of the first game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader, the Blues began their two-game offensive showcase to soar to a 14-4 victory over Detroit Lakes.

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Moorhead kept its “two” trend going with its two-out hitting in the third and fourth innings.

In the third inning when the Blues had two outs against them, they scored six runs. In the fourth inning, they scored four.

“That’s kind of been another one of our M.O.’s this year is when we get two outs – even if we don’t have guys on base – we plot a way if we get a walk or a single,” Moorhead head coach Bryant Bergeson said.

The Blues’ scoring began beautifully when Brett Erickson laid down a suicide squeeze bunt along the first-base line to score Drew Anderson from third base. From then on, Detroit Lakes struggled to close the scoring gap.

Eli Johnson sparked the offense for Moorhead, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

The Blues tallied 15 hits in those five innings, seven of which came in the fourth inning.

One of those hits was an Austin Skjefte two-run double to left field.

“I was feeling pretty good, seeing the ball,” Skjefte said. “(I was thinking) opposite field and hopefully hit it hard.”

The catcher finished the first game batting 1-for-3 with a walk.

“Skjefte had a big two-run double that put us over the top,” Bergeson said. “Those are big. When you get guys on base and you get those big hits to score two, three runs at a time – those are kind of back-breakers for the other team.”

Moorhead’s momentum at the plate carried it into the second game, shutting out Detroit Lakes 8-0.

The Blues continued to capitalize on Detroit Lakes’ mistakes, particularly in the fifth inning when Jason England got on base with a single.

England stole second when he saw a pitch hit the dirt on a Preston Kraiter at-bat.

He then made it home when Kraiter singled to left field.

“He scored on a base hit, which he probably wouldn’t have scored on,” Bergeson said. “So we are kind of doing the little things, and that’s going to be big coming up in July here.”

Erickson pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only four hits to sustain the Moorhead victory.

“I was very pleased,” Bergeson said. “We swung the bats, threw strikes and made the plays in the field, so if you do those three things, you’re going to win a lot of games.”

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Vos, Schumacher (3) and Beck. Kraiter and Skjefte. W–Kraiter. L–Vos.

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Johnson and Beck. Erickson and Oberg. W–Erickson. L­–Johnson.

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