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Ben Karkela , Published August 02 2010

American Legion baseball: D-G-F tops Ada for third

With his team down 6-2 in third inning, Jordan Mortenson came to bat and took a simple approach to his swing.

“I wasn’t thinking much. I just wanted to go out there, hit the ball and keep the rally going,” Mortenson said. “Keep mashing.”

That strategy worked as Mortenson blasted a three-run homer to left-center field, and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rallied for a 10-7 victory over Ada Post 26 in the third-place game of the Minnesota Division II American Legion baseball tournament at Bob Marshall Field in Dilworth.

D-G-F started the rally when Nick Nelson put

D-G-F on the board scoring from first base on a right field double by Matt Dahl.

Bennett Uhler singled a fast line drive that bounced off Ada pitcher Tanner Grunewald. Dahl scored and Uhler moved to second when Jared Hawk grounded up the middle and reached first on an error.

With one out, Mortenson homered before Shawn Johnson struck out and Jake Baumgartner flied out to end the inning.

D-G-F tied the game at seven in the fourth inning. Travis Fischer was hit by a pitch while Nelson and Dahl walked to lead off the inning. Uhler hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field, scoring Fischer and moving the runners up.

A wild pitch to Jared Hawk scored Nelson before Hawk popped out the the catcher. Mortenson struck out to end the inning.

D-G-F took a two-run lead in the fifth inning. Shawn Johnson walked and stole second base. Baumgartner advanced to first on a wild pitch strikeout and Johnson moved to third.

Johnson then scored when a wild pitch by Mitch Lee, giving D-G-F its first lead of the game. Fischer hit a double off the left field wall and Baumgartner scored from second.

D-G-F added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Baumgartner recorded an RBI single to shallow center, scoring Johnson.

Baumgartner led D-G-F with two hits.

Pitcher Dylan DeJong replaced Luke Gable in the fourth inning. After a shaky start, he settled down and did not allow an earned run.

“Switching pitchers was a good momentum changer for us,” D-G-F coach Allen Krueger said. “That was important.”

The only run DeJong allowed came in the fifth inning when Blake Fetting drove in his brother Bryant Fetting with a double to left field. The run increased Ada’s lead to 7-5.

Ada 132 100 0– 7 7 2

D-G-F 005 221 x– 10 8 3

Grunewald, Lee (5), Petrik (5) and Johnson. Gable, DeJong (4) and Johnson. W–DeJong. L–Grunewald. HR–DGF, Mortenson.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ben Karkela at (701) 241-5549.