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Eric Peterson, Published July 24 2010

Dahl paces Patriots past Post 2

Tanner Dahl made sure the West Fargo Patriots would be playing for a division championship today.

The right-handed pitcher struck out 10 batters and scattered four hits en route to a complete-game victory at Jack Williams Stadium. His performance sparked the Patriots to an 11-1 victory (8 innings) against Fargo Post 2 on Friday in the undefeated game at the North Dakota Eastern Division American Legion baseball tournament.

“My changeup was on today that was probably my best pitch,” Dahl said. “That was really working.”

West Fargo is 4-0 against Post 2 this season and Dahl has started three of those games.

“He throws three pitches for strikes and he competes,” Post 2 coach Jeff Fiechtner said of Dahl. “Today, I thought he threw better than the last two times. I thought he threw tremendous today.”

West Fargo (29-16) plays Post 2 at 6 p.m. today for the championship. The champion also earns a

No. 1 seed for the Class A state tournament, which starts Wednesday in Bismarck.

Post 2 needs to beat the Patriots twice to win the championship. Post 2 beat the Jamestown Eagles 16-3 (7 innings) in loser-out play to advance to the title game.

“I think it’s just a pride thing, you want to be the East champs,” West Fargo coach Bill Ibach said. “I don’t know that the No. 1, No. 2 seed matters because everybody out West is tough.”

West Fargo forged into the lead for good against Post 2 with three runs in the third inning. The Patriots took advantage of two Post 2 errors that inning. Post 2 finished with five errors.

“From our standpoint, Nick Salentine threw a great game,” Fiechtner said of his starting pitcher. “We don’t make errors and now the game is different.

“We can’t make mistakes. We make mistakes against a team like West Fargo we’re going to get beat.”

Dahl started and finished strong. He faced the minimum amount of batters in the first, second and third and sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

Dahl retired the last seven batters he faced.

“(Dahl) got us,” said Post 2 right fielder Andy Schweigert, who was 1-for-4. “He shut us down.”

Ibach is pleased with how his team has played in this tournament, outscoring its opponents 30-4 in two victories.

“That’s what we’re looking to do, build momentum into the state tournament,” Ibach said.

Fargo Post 2 (16), Jamestown 3 (7 innings)

Post 2 scored 11 runs in the first three and cruised to victory. Three Post 2 players, Schweigert, Mike Jones and Jordan Gefroh, had two hits in the first three innings.

Gefroh, the No. 9 hitter, cracked a solo home run in the second inning. Gefroh added an infield single and scored his second run of the game in the third inning.

Schweigert, who batted leadoff, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and also scored three runs.

“We came back and decided to have some fun and play this one,” Schweigert said. “We put up 16 runs, we were a lot looser. We played better. … Everybody kind of got their bats going.”

Post 2 right-hander Brent Horner pitched a complete game to earn the victory. Horner had a shutout going until the sixth inning.

Danny Fischer went

3-for-4 and scored a run to pace the Eagles. Jamestown earned the

No. 3 seed for the state tournament.

Jamestown 18,

Devils Lake 6 (7 innings)

The Eagles erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning and cruised to victory by the 10-run rule in loser-out play.

Jamestown had lost to Devils Lake on Thursday by a 6-5 score in 11 innings in the first round.

“It’s nice especially after (Thursday) laying an egg against them in that first game,” Jamestown coach Shane Schoeneberg said.

Friday, the Eagles drew five consecutive walks at one point during the game-changing third inning. Jamestown center fielder Tim Smith and third baseman Jordan Piatz had RBI singles during the rally.

Smith finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored.

Devils Lake plays Grand Forks at 3 p.m. today in a challenge game with the winner earning the No. 4 seed for the Class A state tournament. The loser is eliminated from the postseason.

West Fargo 11, Fargo Post 2 1 (8 innings)

Post 2 000 010 00— 1 4 5

West Fargo 003 101 24—11 11 1

Salentine, Schroeder (7) and Fiechtner. Dahl and Johnson. W—Dahl. L—Salentine.

Fargo Post 2 16, Jamestown 3 (7 innings)

Jamestown 000 003 0— 3 8 6

Fargo Post 2 515 122 x—16 17 1

Fischer, Gengler (3) and Piatz, Anderson (3). Brent Horner and Fiechtner. W—Horner (6-2). L—Fischer. HR—Post 2, Gefroh.

Jamestown 18, Devils Lake 6 (7 innings)

Devils Lake 110 000 4— 6 10 4

Jamestown 007 353 x—18 12 3

Senger, Jared Swenseth (3), Jason Swenseth (4) and Janzen. Schaefer and Walker. W—Schaefer. L—Senger. HR—Eagles, Walker.

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