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Aaron Saunders, Published July 12 2012

Smith’s slam powers Post 2 over Moorhead Blues

FARGO – The only mercy given Thursday night at Jack Williams Stadium was the one of a 10-run variety, as Fargo Post 2 defeated the Moorhead Blues 16-6 in American Legion baseball.

The game was called in the bottom of the seventh after Max Teschendorf scored the team’s 16th and final run on a wild pitch thrown by Moorhead reliever Brett Danielson, completing the rout.

“It was the first time we have 10-run ruled them. We’ve had a couple other 10-run rules this year, but that was a good one to get,” said Post 2 head coach Luke Rustad. “One thing you learn is that when you have someone on the ropes, you don’t mess around. You put them away.

While the final score will look as if the game was no contest, one glance at the box score tells a different story.

“We could have easily folded up every time they answered,” Rustad said.

But in the end, the Fargo bats had just too much pop in them for the Blues, as Post 2 scored five big runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Post 2 was led by Aaron Green, who had three hits, including a three-run home run to kick off the scoring for the team in the bottom of the third inning.

“I was sitting fastball,” Green said of his three-run home run and his RBI single in the fourth. “It feels pretty good. I was excited that I was able to help the team win.”

Green’s hitting was contagious because Post 2 finished the night with 15 total hits and chased Blues starting pitcher Tyson Schoenborn.

“We were confident, and we looked for our pitch. Most of us looked for a fastball, and we got it,” said Fargo pinch-hitter Ryan Smith, who had one of the biggest hits of the night with his sixth-inning grand slam that virtually shut the door on any hopes of a Blues comeback.

“This is the first time I hit a grand slam,” Smith added. “No matter what the score is it feels good to hit a pitch like that, especially a grand slam at your home field.”

Post 2 is on a two-game winning streak heading into the Gopher Classic this weekend in Minneapolis.

“The Gopher Classic is a great tournament. It has a lot of talent, not to mention there are usually a lot of scouts there looking at our players,” Rustad said. “We have played in a couple of tough tournaments already this year. I think we are tested so let’s see how we stack up.”

M 002 301 0– 6 10 2

F 023 504 2– 16 15 3

Schoenborn and Quaife. Rerick and Hallcok. W–Rerick. L–Schoenborn. HR – M-Blaser. F-Green, Smith

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