The Pelican Rapids Orange Sox American Legion baseball team hosted Hawley June 16 and picked up the 12-2 win behind solid pitching and batting. 

The Sox cracked 11 hits on the evening, including a home run from Carson McNeal. They wasted no time getting started. McHale Korf led off the bottom of the first with a single to right field before advancing to third on a McNeal double. Timmy Guler then lined a two-run single up the middle giving the sox the early 2-0 lead. Guler would steal second and advance to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Peyton Blakeway sacrifice fly, putting Pelican up 3-0. That would be enough run support for Luke Sjolie, who got the start on the mound for the Orange Sox. After striking out six of the first seven batters he faced, Sjolie would allow only two unearned runs while striking out ten, all without issuing a single walk. 

Pelican Rapids American Legion baseball schedule

Friday, June 24 6:30 @ Breckenridge
Monday, June 27 6:30 @ Hawley
Tuesday, June 28 5:00 vs. DGF
Thursday, June 30 7:00 vs. Barnesville
Tuesday, July 5 5:00 @ Frazee
Friday, July 8 6:30 vs. Breckenridge
Monday, July 11 5:00 vs Parkers Prairie
Friday, July 15 Playoffs Begin

Pelican would add to their lead in the third inning thanks to some great two-out hitting. After the first two batters were retired, the Sox strung together five straight hits. Guler got it started with a single to center field. Blakeway would then follow with a single of his own advancing Guler to third base. He then stole second base, putting himself in scoring position also. Sjolie then cracked a two-run single to left field before Ethan Sjostrom kept the hit parade going with a single of his own. Cody Nord capped the inning off by sending a two-run single past the diving Hawley third baseman putting the Sox up 7-2. 

Pelican extended their lead further in the fourth inning. After McHale Korf reached on a single, Carson McNeal launched a two-run home run over the fence in left field to push the lead to 9-2. The Sox would put the game away in the bottom of the sixth when Guler smoked a three-run double down the left field line putting the final score at 12-2. Guler led the Orange Sox at the plate with three hits and five RBI. McNeal and Korf had two hits a piece, and Blakeway, Sjolie, Sjostrom, and Nord all worked their way into the hit column as well. 

“It was a fun team win tonight,” said head coach Andy Johnson, “Luke gave us another great start on the mound and our bats really came alive.” The win evens the Orange Sox record at 2-2 on the young season.