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Chris Murphy, Published May 03 2013

Spartans top Spuds 2-1 in battle of undefeated baseball teams

FARGO – The battle between Fargo North and Moorhead on Friday at North High School was everything a baseball game featuring two undefeated teams should be.

Pitching ruled the game. The Spartans, however, took home the 2-1 win and moved to 4-0 on the season.

“That was a well-played baseball game by both teams, and we just happened to get the hit at the right time,” North coach Jeff Fiechtner said. “They could have had a hit at the right time, and it could have swung their way. It was a game between two good teams and it went pretty well. It was good it went in our favor of course.”

The hit at the right time for North came off the bat of Max Teschendorf in the bottom of the fifth inning. After a one-out walk to Tyler Anderson and a single from Mike Boutain, Teschendorf ripped a single that scored pinch-runner Willie Roman to put the Spartans up 2-1.

“I was just trying to keep it simple and I came through at the right time,” Teschendorf said. “You can’t get too high or too low. You just have to treat every game the same and you’ll have success.”

The two runs were more than enough for pitcher Matt Connelly, who gave up four hits and two walks, while striking out three in six innings.

“I was just trying to throw strikes. That’s about it,” Connelly said. “It builds a lot of confidence. We know we can beat good teams.”

Isaac Rerick picked up his second save of the season, allowing a walk in the seventh.

After the RBI double from Peter MacFarlane with two outs in the top of third, Moorhead (6-1) could only muster two hits in the final four innings, as the Spuds dropped their first game of the season.

“You can always take a loss and learn from it,” Moorhead coach Greg Salvevold said. “It makes you re-evaluate things as a team. We’re the type of team that win or lose we want to learn from what came about in the game and what we can do better.”

The learning process took some time for the Spuds in their second game Friday night versus Fargo South. Bruins pitcher Dallas Raftevold gave up one walk through the first five innings before the Spuds used four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to score three runs in a 3-2 win.

Austin Skjefte and Tanner Swenson ended Raftevold’s no-hit bid with back-to-back singles to lead off the sixth. After Alex Wilmer reached on an error, Preston Kraiter laced a single that scored Swenson, but pinch-runner Landon Dickhaus was gunned down at the plate by center fielder Aaron Green to keep the Bruins’ lead at 2-1.

MacFarlane plated Wilmer on a single to tie the game, and Kraiter scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Zach Schroeder to put the Spuds up 3-2.

Jason England put the finishing touches on a complete game with a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. England gave up six hits and walked three, while striking out six in his seven innings.

M 001 000 0 – 1 4 0

FN 000 110 x – 2 7 0

Connelly, Rerick (7) and Rider. Schroeder and Skjefte. W-Connelly (1-0). L-Schroeder (0-1). Save-Rerick.

FS 010 001 0 – 2 6 1

M 000 003 x – 3 4 2

England and Skjefte. Raftevold and Penney. W-England (1-0). L-Raftevold (0-1).


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