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Glenn Pursley, Published June 12 2013

Quinlan sparks Post 2 past Blues

MOORHEAD – They say good things come to those who wait. And on Wednesday, Fargo Post 2 waited until the sixth inning to tack on some runs, and it paid off with a win.

Post 2’s Casey Quinlan hit a home run in the sixth to cap a five-run inning and secure a 10-6 American Legion win over Moorhead at Matson Field.

After a Blues pitching change, Quinlan turned on the second pitch he saw from Derek Jorgenson, and it sailed just beyond the 318-foot right-field fence. The two-run shot – his first of the season – erased a one-run deficit and gave Post 2 a 7-5 lead, its first of the game.

“I’m not really a home run hitter,” Quilan said. “I didn’t get to see him very much, but I went up there, and he floated an inside fastball, and I just tried to put a good swing on it.”

Post 2 second baseman Ryan Smith started the sixth-inning rally with a single that scored Andrew Beyer. Beyer reached on a throwing error by Blues starting pitcher Michael Weismann.

Seth Amundson followed with a triple that drove in Smith and Seth Tollefson to force a pitching change.

“So far this season our bats have been pretty good,” Post 2 head coach Luke Rustad said. “I’ve seen us get better as the game goes on, which is a really good sign.”

Amundson singled in the third and fifth innings to finish his night with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Quinlan batted 2-for-4 and had three RBIs.

The Blues tallied four runs off three hits in the first inning.

Brandon Weiser and Preston Kraiter led off with back-to-back singles, and Peter MacFarlane followed with an RBI single to go up 4-0.

But the Blues wouldn’t tack on another run until the fifth inning when Drew Anderson scored on a passed ball.

On the mound for Post 2, Aaron Green gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out three.

“Aaron pitched well,” Rustad said. “We didn’t handle the ball from pitcher to catcher well in the start of the game, but it got better once we went on. Once we set a better tempo and we started going, things started working for us.”

The Blues will have another shot at Post 2 at 7 p.m. Friday at the Joe Parmer Red River Diamond Classic at Jack Williams Stadium in Fargo.

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