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Glenn Pursley, Published June 06 2012

West Fargo opens American Legion baseball season with a pair of shutouts

WEST FARGO – The West Fargo Patriots kicked off the American Legion baseball season with a performance any coach would be proud of.

West Fargo started its season on the right track, as starting pitcher Landon Uetz pitched a complete game and gave up only one hit to shut out Jamestown 14-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.

The Patriots won the first game 5-0.

Uetz walked three of the first six batters to load the bases in the first inning, but struck out Jamestown designated hitter Brett Mayher to get out the jam.

“I was just trying to throw strikes,” Uetz said. “They were hitting the ball well, they just didn’t find any holes. The defense played pretty well.”

Uetz struck out six batters on the night.

Jamestown starting pitcher Brady Anderson struggled on the mound and the Patriots took advantage. A two-run homerun by shortstop Andy Young drove in Kory Wolden to put the Patriots up 2-0 in the first inning. Anderson walked six consecutive batters to set the score at 6-0.

Young led the Patriots on offense, batting 3-for-4 with four RBIs while Jordan Rheault added two hits. Tucker Bucholz hit a one-run double to take an 11-0 lead going into the second inning.

“Right away our bats weren’t doing it,” Young said. “It was good to see (the bats) come alive in the second game.”

The Patriots recorded 10 hits during the win.

Wednesday’s performance left head coach Bill Ibach with little to worry about.

“I’m just going to try not to get in the way,” Ibach said. “Pitching was fantastic, fielding was fantastic. We made some adjustments, but these kids know how to play ball, they know how to win.”

J 000 000 0– 0 5 2

WF 040 001 x– 5 3 1

J–Schafer, Hogan (5) and Gebhardt. WF–Dahl and Buchholz. W–Dahl (1-0). L–Schafer (0-1).

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WF (11)21 0x –14 10 0

Anderson, Hogan (2), Ukestad (5) and Gebhardt. Uetz and Bucholz. W–Uetz (1-0). L–Anderson (0-1). HR–WF Young (1).

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