Tom Mix, Published July 01 2012
Omaha West wins F-M InvitationalFARGO – A big sixth inning was exactly what Omaha West needed to turn around its fortunes on Sunday.
Omaha West scored five runs in the sixth, en route to a 7-4 win over Mitchell, S.D., in the championship game of the Fargo-Moorhead American Legion Baseball Invitational at Jack Williams Stadium.
Earlier, Omaha West had lost 9-8 to Detroit Lakes on a walk-off, so the title-game win was pretty sweet.
“We had played a couple bad games in a row,” Omaha West head coach Bob Greco said. “That sixth inning was big for us, because we were kind of flat.”
The score was knotted 2-2 heading into the sixth, but Omaha West loaded the bases, chasing Mitchell starting pitcher Matt Larson out of the game. Omaha West later scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single from Matt Waldon.
It appeared like Mitchell was going to escape the inning with minimal damage, but Jake Meyers extended the inning with a two-out RBI single. Meyers was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
Brett Murray busted the game open with a two-run double that made it 7-2.
“Our pitcher got tired and he had a rough start to the inning,” Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. “We had an opportunity to get out of it, but just couldn’t get the final out and they strung a couple hits together.”
Mitchell rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough.
Fargo Post 2 capped off the tournament with a 3-2 win over Tri-City (Minn.).
Jon Nygaard connected for a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored Max Teschendorf.
The win leaves Fargo feeling good after it opened the tournament with two losses.
“It was really good to get that one,” Post 2 head coach Luke Rustad said. “We could have easily won the first two games of the tournament. We let one slip away and in the other we out hit the team, but we never came up with a timely hit to do anything.”
Joe Hallock opened the seventh with a leadoff single and was lifted for pinch runner Teschendorff. A Seth Tollefson sacrifice moved Teschendorf to second base.
Nygaard’s hit rolled slowly into left field and Rustad gave Teschendorf the signal to charge home. Tri-City leftfielder Ben Mezzenga had his throw go off target as Teschendorf slid safely into home.
“Jon has been a good hitter for us all year,” Rustad said. “He seems to battle his way on. He is used to being in situations like that and I’m not surprised he got a hit there.”
Issac Rerick was 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead Post 2 (13-5).
The Moorhead Blues also got some redemption on Sunday defeating Mandan 6-3.
Blues starting pitcher Cody Rahman struck out 10 batters and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Rahman also was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Blues (12-9).
“Cody threw well and had a great day at the plate,” Blues head coach Jeff Miller said. “We bounced back well after two loses (Saturday) and hopefully we will be able to carry the win over into our tournament this week.”
The Blues are travelling to Fairfield, Calif., to compete in the WABC Fourth of July Tournament on Wednesday.
Moorhead was 3-2 at the F-M invitational.
OW 010 015 0– 7 12 1
M 000 200 2– 4 5 0
Frei and Zagurski. Larson, Cavanaugh (6) and Sadler. W–Frei. L–Larson.
TC 001 001 0– 2 6 1
Post 2 001 010 1– 3 5 2
Vijums, DeCaster (4) and L. Anderson. Salentine, Quinlan (6) and Hallock. W– Quinlan. L– DeCaster.
Mandan 100 000 2– 3 3 4
Blues 140 001 x– 6 6 1
Vogel and Kautzman. C. Rahman and Johnson. W– C. Rahman (4-1). L– Vogel.
Detroit Lakes 9, Omaha West 8
Omaha Millard 4, Mitchell 1
Alexandria 2, Team Manitoba 1
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