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Published May 07 2012

Packers jump out to big lead in defeating Spuds baseball

MOORHEAD – A hit here, a hit there and next thing you know, it’s an 8-0 lead.

It sure felt that way with West Fargo using walks along with stringing extra-base hits together to pounce out to a sizable lead before capping off an 16-3 win in five innings over the Moorhead baseball team on Monday at Mattson Field.

“We’ve talked about putting teams away this year,” said West Fargo coach Brett Peterson. “We had a lead and wanted to keep it going and not let up.”

The Packers’ (17-4) reign of terror started in the second inning with an eight-run frame before adding another eight spot in the third.

West Fargo’s opening eight-run salvo started with a two-run double from Brock Evenson, who had an at-bat which really told the story.

Moorhead (4-6) pitcher Cody Rahman opened with a 0-2 advantage, but Evenson worked it to a 2-2 count before driving one down the right-field line.

At that point, the Packers used extra-base hits along with passed balls, wild pitches and fielding errors to take a 8-0 lead.

“It was about being patient,” Evanson said. “Being patient is important because it may allow them to have passed balls, wild pitches and beat themselves.”

Moorhead did cut it to 8-1, but West Fargo used another eight-run inning to pad its lead even more.

The Packers had a few situations where it loaded the bases, scoring off walks and extra-base hits.

By the time it was over, the Packers had a 16-3 lead, which was enough for a 10-run mercy rule by the fifth inning.

“It feels like in our last few games, we’ve given up 20 runs and had 20 errors,” said Spuds coach Greg Salvevold. “But we have guys with the confidence who can get it turned around.”

WF 088 00 – 16 9 1

MHD 010 02–3 5 2

WF: Uetz and Neva.

MHD: Rahman (2), Wilmer (0.2), Schultz (2.1)

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Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

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