Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published June 10 2013
Fargo Post 2 splits with Grand ForksGRAND FORKS – Control was the key Monday evening at Kraft Field.
Fargo Post 2’s pitching staff didn’t have enough of it in Game 1, as the Grand Forks Royals picked up a 6-5 walk-off win. In the nightcap, Fargo right-hander Lincoln Voss was spot-on in tossing a four-hitter in a 6-0 victory to salvage a split in the American Legion doubleheader.
The Royals won the team’s home opener in the first game on a walk-off walk – the third of the inning.
Tied at 5 entering the bottom of the seventh, Chaise Anderson walked to start the rally.
After a sacrifice bunt, Grant Campbell walked, Dylan Dufault was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Christian Bauduin also drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in pinch-runner Conner Sander for the winning run.
“From our standpoint, we put too many runners on,” Fargo coach Lucas Rustad said. “We put six guys on either by hit by pitch or a walk. You can’t give away a free runner every inning.
“I liked our effort and how we competed, but I’d like to make them hit their way on.”
Rustad’s wish was granted in Game 2. Voss, who pitched in two games to lead Fargo Shanley to the North Dakota state Class A baseball title this spring, kept Royals hitters at bay for seven innings.
“We want to get a sweep on our home turf,” Grand Forks coach Nick Chine said. “We hit the baseball in the first game but four hits in a game isn’t going to cut it. You have to tip your hat to Voss.
“We put him in play, but he did a nice job of changing speeds and locating all his pitches. He’s been difficult for us. Four hits is asking too much of our pitcher. We have to carve him up a little more. We couldn’t get him out of his comfort zone.”
That comfort zone was a welcomed sight for Rustad, who said Voss worked in too many deep counts last season and didn’t have a good enough array of pitches.
“He’s really improved on the mound,” Rustad said. “He didn’t have much of a changeup last year and that’s his best pitch this year. A lot of it is just maturing as a baseball player. He’s become a very reliable pitcher.”
Grand Forks’ winning pitcher – lefthander Brady Regimbal – wasn’t in cruise control quite like Voss, but he battled through a pair of long, two-run innings, as well as a line drive shot off his leg, to go the distance.
“He got right back on the horse and competed,” Chine said. “He fought through some tough innings. He did a nice job of hanging in there and giving us a chance to win.”
Chine said he’s pleased with the Royals’ start to the year. Grand Forks hosts Thief River Falls tonight and Minot on Wednesday.
“We’re headed in the right direction,” he said. “The process takes times. As long as we get better each day, that’s all I can ask for.”
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Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald