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VFW 15s off to fast start

The Alexandria VFW 15s baseball team went 6-2 start to their summer after winning two games at its home tournament this past weekend.

The 15s, made up of this past year’s freshmen, beat the Fargo Bombers last Friday in a 2-1 game to start the tournament. They then beat Delano 2-1 on Saturday before rain forced Alexandria to cancel the rest of the tournament.

The 15s scored both of their runs in the fourth inning in the win over Delano. Alexandria started the inning with five straight singles as Jake Drew and Brock Anderson both scored. Anderson had three hits in the game, while Drew finished 2-for-3.

It was a similar story against Fargo as Alexandria scored both of its runs in the second frame. Anderson was again in on the action as he walked to start the inning before Hunter Schoenrock did the same. Both came around to score as Conner Hammerback followed with a single and John Urman walked in the inning.

Anderson pitched against Fargo and Schoenrock threw against Delano as both pitchers gave Alexandria good performances to help secure the win.

The 15s got their season started with a split against Willmar on June 6. They fell 4-1 in the opener after allowing four unearned runs before winning a five-inning game two 4-2. Noah Berglin had a single and a double to go along with two runs scored in that game.

They traveled to Fargo the next day and split another doubleheader, losing 6-2 in the opener before winning the nightcap 9-5. Chase Fabor got the win by throwing four innings and allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out four. Drew closed the door over the final three frames, allowing just two hits and striking out six.

On June 10, Alexandria hosted a doubleheader against league foe Ortonville in Carlos. The 15s won both those games, including the opener in eight innings 4-3. Things came easier in the nightcap as they won 8-2.

Hammerback scored the winning run in game one after he led off the eighth inning with a double. Alexandria broke out early in game two, scoring three in the first and four more in the third to open up a big lead. Anthony Krick had two singles and two runs scored to lead the way offensively.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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