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Glenn Pursley, Published June 18 2013

D-G-F splits American Legion twinbill with Ottertail Central

DILWORTH – Jeff Miller is coaching again, but this time he’s calling Bob Marshall Field his home.

In October, Miller retired as head coach of the Moorhead Blues after nine years and this season has replaced Al Krueger as head coach of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

“It’s a good thing for me to do this summer,” Miller said. “D-G-F has an outstanding (American) Legion baseball program, and it’s a great opportunity to be part of a good program.”

On Tuesday, returning captain Isaiah Greene struck out five of the last eight batters he faced to earn a 7-5 win over Ottertail Central in Game 1 of an American Legion baseball doubleheader at Bob Marshall Field.

Chad Johnson added a single and a double to drive in three runs for D-G-F in Game 1.

“It’s been positive, honestly, compared to what you would think with a new coach and new system,” Greene said. “We just gotta keep on it, and we’ll be good by the end of the year.”

Greene was a powerhouse on offense and defense last season and led D-G-F to a district championship.

Greene batted .394 with 41 hits, including 17 doubles, two home runs and drove in a team-high 38 runs. He struck out 102 batters and ended the season with a 1.89 ERA and 10-1 record.

“Isaiah has proven himself over and over he’s got great experience on the hill,” Miller said. “He’s the guy we are gonna go to in crunch time, but we also have other kids who are throwing strikes for us and that’s key.”

Other potential starting pitchers for D-G-F include Shawn Brown, Tyler Madson, Wyatt Bolin and Ryan Hamernik.

Madson started on the mound in Game 1 and Hamernik is a returning captain for the team. Madson held OTC to three hits through five innings and stranded five runners on base.

In Game 2, D-G-F carried a one-run lead into the fourth, but OTC produced a three-hit rally to take one-run lead of their own. OTC won Game 2 7-5.

“We’re looking forward,” Miller said. “It’s good to see them evolve into the team that they’re becoming. They are a great group of young men who are becoming great teammates.”

OTC 200 200 0–5 4 3

DGF 003 400 x–7 2 4

N. Trosdahl, J. Trosdahl (5), and Koch (6) and Butler. Madson, Greene (6) and Wilson. W–Madson. L–N. Trosdahl.

DGF 030 010 0–4 3 4

OTC 110 300 x–7 8 3

Brown, Karger (6) and A. Johnson. Torgerson and Aune. W–Torgerson. L–Brown.

Forum reporter Glenn Pursley can be reached at (701) 241-5549