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Tom Mix, Published June 29 2013

Post 2 snags walk-off victory

By Tom Mix

tmix@forumcomm.com

FARGO – Clutch hits came in bunches for Fargo Post 2 on Saturday, but the team’s final hit against Hopkins was the one it needed the most.

Fargo second baseman Seth Tollefson connected for a walk-off, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Post 2 to a 5-4 victory over Hopkins during the 41st annual Fargo-Moorhead Invitational American Legion baseball tournament at Bennett Field.

Tollefson finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.

“Seth can have one or two at-bats in a game where he doesn’t look dialed in, but he always gets better as the game goes on,” Post 2 head coach Luke Rustad said. “He can have a bad swing in the first pitch of an at-bat, but two pitches later he is getting a hit. So when he came up in that spot I felt good about our chances.”

Post 2 built a 2-0 lead after two innings, with both of its runs coming with two outs in both the first and second innings.

“You don’t ever want to get started with two outs, but it is better than not getting started at all,” Rustad said.

Seth Amundson was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored for Fargo. Post 2 improved to 2-1 in the tournament with the win.

Hopkins, now 3-1 in the tournament, plated its four runs in the third inning. The Flyers batted around in the inning and pitcher Robert Dworsky connected for a two-run single.

Casey Quinlan was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Post 2. Jake Salentine picked up the win on the mound, scattering 10 hits in a complete game.

Across the Red River, the West Fargo Patriots jumped out quick in Day 2 of the

F-M tournament.

West Fargo plated five runs in the first inning of an 8-1 win over Giant Valley during its first game at Matson Field.

Anjelo Shepherd tossed a complete game, yielding the one run on five hits for the Patriots (17-7). Camran Bonnema connected for two hits and two RBIs to pace West Fargo.

Tri-City Red of Mounds View, Minn., defeated the Patriots 12-4 in the second game.

“We scrapped and played pretty well in both games,” West Fargo head coach Bill Ibach said. “The first game couldn’t have gone any better. We swung the bats well.”

Tri-City quickly grabbed a 4-0 lead against the Patriots after two innings.

West Fargo trailed 6-1 heading into the sixth inning, but mounted a rally scoring three runs. Austen Gilbertson connected for an RBI single and Ben Huber hit a sacrifice fly during the Patriots’ comeback.

West Fargo’s rally was quickly answered by Tri-City when the Red scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.

“Tri-City is a great team,” Ibach said. “They can score runs in hurry.”

Tri-City outfielder Ben Mezzenga was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

West Fargo and Tri-City are both 2-2 during the pool-play tournament.

H 004 000 0 – 4 10 1

F 111 100 1 – 5 13 1

Dworsky, Mord (7) and Weesner. Salentine and Hallock. W– Salentine. L–Mord.

GV 001 000 0 – 1 5 1

WF 510 200 x – 8 7 1

Grachek, Schroeder (2), Erickson (5) and Manion. Shepherd and Wohl. W– Shepherd. L–Grachek.

WF 000 103 – 4 6 3

TCR 130 026 – 12 9 2

Smestad, Carnahan (6) and Meyer. Barker, Barclay (2), Mapes (5) and Gilbertson. W– Smestad. L–Barker. S–Carnahan.

Other scores Saturday

Moorhead

East Ridge (Minn.) 6, Tri-City (Minn.) 5

Fridley (Minn.) Gold 11, Giant Valley 4

East Ridge 4, Moorhead 3 (8), East Ridge wins pool to advance to championship

Fargo

Hopkins (Minn.) 5, Team Manitoba 4

Mitchell (S.D.) 6, Ham Lake (Minn.) 3

Team Manitoba 9, Detroit Lakes (Minn.) 4

Mitchell 6, Detroit Lakes 3

Fargo 5, Hopkins 4

Friday’s late results

Moorhead 5, Giant Valley (Minn.) 4

GV 100 003 0–4 8 2

M 100 040 x–5 6 2

Peterson and Evenson. Eidsness, Wiesmann (6) and Oberg. W–Eidsness (1-2). L–Peterson. S–Wiesmann (1).

Fargo Post 2 6, Mitchell (S.D.) 5

M 000 005 0–5 5 4

F 000 420 x–6 11 0

W–Buth. L–unknown. S–Hallock.

Team Manitoba 14, Fargo Post 2 13

M 204 400 31–14 12 3

F 004 070 00–13 15 3

W–unknown. L–Salentine.

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Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562