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Glenn Pursley, Published July 10 2013

D-G-F splits Legion doubleheader at Newman Outdoor Field

FARGO – Starting pitcher Isaiah Greene and shortstop Chad Johnson both had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs apiece to pace Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to an 8-5 win over Wahpeton in Game 1 of an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Wednesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

With two outs in the second inning, Johnson swung at the first pitch he saw and sent it deep to right field for his first double. He drove in Zach Nelson and Tyler Madson.

“It felt good,” Johnson said. “Usually I like to take a pitch, but I knew that fast ball was coming, so I swung at it.”

Greene doubled in the fourth and again in the sixth along with Johnson.

The four-run lead that D-G-F cultivated didn’t seem to impact Wahpeton at all.

Wahpeton rallied back in the fourth to produce five runs off four hits, capped by a two-run single by second baseman Ethan Meide to take a 5-4 lead.

Batting ninth for Wahpeton, Kameron McNary ripped a single up the middle to score Seth Meide and Travis Thomas.

Kelly Carney also scored on a wild pitch.

“We were up big and Isaiah lost control a little bit,” D-G-F coach Jeff Miller said. “We didn’t give him defense and things happened and they got a big inning. But we fought back and scored when we needed to.”

Greene’s first double drove in Tanner McManus to knot the game 5-5 that same inning. His second drove in Johnson – who reached on his second double – to take a one-run lead, D-G-F’s second of the night.

“That was huge,” said Miller, referring to Johnson and Greene’s big hits. “That kind of gave us a jump start and got us going and then we just hung on and got the victory.”

Pitching for D-G-F, Greene struck out four batters. He gave up five runs off four hits in the fourth before getting Tyler Gripentrog to ground out to him and end the threat.

“I just took a breath,” Greene said of working out of the jam. “I’ve been in plenty of situations where players aren’t playing as well as they should, so I just breathe and look off into the distance and imagine it’s the first inning.”

Keith Sieling came in to relieve Greene and allowed only four base runners in five innings and held Wahpeton to just two hits the rest of the game.

Trailing by four runs in Game 2, D-G-F was able to take the lead in the fifth off three consecutive run-scoring singles from Mark Steicher, Alex Mathews and Logan Wilson.

But Wahpeton bounced back in the sixth.

Left fielder Brock Lingen had a two-run single that scored Aaron Mennis and Spencer Edwards to salvage a split and beat D-G-F 9-8.

“We haven’t had a game in almost a week and it showed in the first game,” Wahpeton head coach Chris Kappes said. “In Game 2 we had the lead and gave it up and it showed a lot of character, and a lot of heart to come back and regain the lead.”

W 000 500 0–5 5 1

DGF 040 112 x–8 7 4

Gripentrog, S. Meide (3), McNary (6) and Lunneborg. Greene, Sieling (5) and Hamernik. W–Greene. L–S. Meide.

W 123 003 x–9 8 3

DGF 100 160 x–8 7 2

Lunneborg, Carney (2), S. Meide (4), Mennis (6) and Edwards. Brown, Bolin (4), Johnson (6), Hamernik (6) and Wilson. W–S. Meide. L–Johnson. S–Mennis.

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