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Isaiah Terlinden picked up Big Lake’s first win of the season against Rush City last week. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Big Lake Legion wins 3 of 4 games

The Big Lake American Legion Baseball Team rebounded from an opening day doubleheader loss to win three of its next four games.

Vs. Rush City Game 1

Two Tuesdays ago, the Hornets got a strong pitching performance from Isaiah Terlinden and backed that up with some timely hitting in a 7-3 win over Rush City.

Big Lake opened with a run in the home first when Connor Lundquist walked and later scored on a single by Terlinden.

They added a run in the second when Gavin Jones was hit by a pitch, went to second on an error, stole third and scored on a passed ball.

Rush City tied the game in the fourth on three hits and an error.

But the Hornets came back in the home fourth with five runs. Dreeson Millam walked and moved to second on a single by Jones. After a double steal, Millam scored on a wild pitch. Lundquist walked, then William Bilben doubled home two runs. He moved to third on a single by Cooper Cusick. Two walks and a single later, the Hornets led, 7-2.

Rush City got its final run in the fifth on a walk, stolen base and a single, but that was all the scoring in the game.

Terlinden got the win. He allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out eight. Millam pitched the final two scoreless innings.

At the plate, Bilben had a double, two walks, drove in two runs and scored one. Cusick had two singles and scored a run. Jones singled and scored twice.

Vs. Rush City Game 2

The second game was a complete turnaround, with Rush City winning 15-0. Five different Big Lake pitchers tried to keep Rush City off the board, but by the end of the first inning the score was already 8-0.

The game was called after the fourth inning, without a hit by the Hornets. They had only four baserunners in the game and six fielding errors.

Vs. Milaca Game 1

Big Lake put that game behind them later in the week when they swept a doubleheader from Milaca.

The Wolves scored a run in the first without a hit off starter William Bilben in the opening game.

The Hornets got that run back in the home first when Bilben  reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single by Austin Schleif.

Big Lake increased its lead in the second. Duchene reached on an error and stole second. He scored on a double by Lundquist, who later scored on a wild pitch for a 3-1 lead.

In the fourth, Duchene reached on another error, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Lundquist.

Milaca cut into the lead with two runs in the fifth on a hit batter, two stolen bases and two singles. making the score 4-3.

Big Lake got an insurance run in the fifth. Jones walked, advanced on a wild pitch, went to third on a single by Skoglund and scored on an error.

Skoglund came in the pitch the final two innings without allowing a run to get the save.

Bilben got the win. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks. He struck out eight.

Lundquist led the offense with two hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Jones walked three times and scored a run.

Vs. Milaca Game 2

Big Lake scored early and often in the second game, winning 20-5 in five innings. The Hornets scored three runs in each of the first three innings.

Milaca got four runs off starter Kaeden Tidrick in the second inning with just one hit. They also had three walks and two hit batters. Schleif came in to pitch the final two innings and allowed an unearned run.

Big Lake put the game away with 10 runs in the top of the fifth. They had a lot of help from Milaca’s fielders who committed nine errors in the game.

Jack Chivers led the offense with four hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Sully Laqua had two hits, a walk, drove in three runs and scored two. Trevor Couch had a hit, two walks, drove in a run and scored three times.

The Hornets are 3-3 on the season. They were scheduled to play two doubleheaders over the past two weeks, results next week.