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Glenn Pursley, Published June 15 2013

Moorhead scores early, often in victory over Detroit Lakes

FARGO – Consistency was the name of the game for Moorhead on Saturday.

The Blues scored in each of the first five innings en route to a 6-2 win over Detroit Lakes at the Joe Parmer Red River Diamond Classic American Legion baseball tournament at Jack Williams Stadium.

“That’s what I want to see,” Blues head coach Bryant Bergeson said. “If we’re putting runs up every inning and we are a hit or two away from a big inning, that can really bury a team.”

Third baseman Zach Schroeder had two doubles and catcher Austin Skjefte clubbed a single and a

two-run double to help the Blues tally 11 hits.

Skjefte found the gap in left-center field for a double that drove in Schroeder and left fielder Peter MacFarlane to put the Blues up 4-1.

“It feels better than yesterday,” Skjefte said, in reference to Friday’s 9-0 loss against Casey Quinlan and Fargo Post 2. “(Casey) is a good pitcher, so we were just trying to sit back because this guy (throws) a lot slower.”

Blues designated hitter Michael Wiesmann had an RBI single in the first to score Schroeder and finished the game with two hits.

Brandon Porter made his first appearance on the mound for the Blues. He gave up three consecutive hits in the sixth to load the bases before retiring the next three to get out of the jam.

“He was great today,” Bergeson said. “I told him you’re probably going to give up some hits, but if you don’t walk people, and keep people off the bags like that you’re going to do fine.”

Porter gave up two runs – one earned – and nine hits. He stranded eight DL runners, six in scoring position.

“He bounced back and showed us what he can do,” Skjefte said.

Taylor Magnuson and Richi Grossman were the offensive leaders for DL, each with a pair of hits. Magnuson had singles in the first and third and Grossman singled in fourth and scored a run.

DL 001 100 0– 2 9 2

M 121 110 x– 6 11 1

Matter and McLeod. Porter and Skjefte. W–Porter. L–Matter.

Fargo 10, Aberdeen 0

Lincoln Voss threw a complete-game shutout and Fargo Post 2 shut out Aberdeen in six innings.

Jake Salentine went 4-for-4 with a double for Post 2.

A 000 000 –0 3 1

F 000 208 –10 14 0

Bauer, Carrels (6) and Stotz. Voss and Hallock . W–Voss (2-0). L–Bauer.

Bismarck 9, Fargo 7

Hunter Walsh batted 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as Bismarck defeated Fargo.

Seth Amundson tallied three hits and an RBI for Post 2.

B 130 301 1–9 10 1

F 220 030 0–7 13 4

Schuehard and Irey. Salentine, Tollefson (6), Hallock (7) and Penney. W–Schuehard. L–Salentine. HR – B, Walsh

Other scores

Aberdeen 16, Hamiota (Man.) 1

Bismarck 6, Detroit Lakes 3

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Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549