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Glenn Pursley, Published July 09 2013

Bonnema’s two hits help West Fargo hold off Post 2 in Legion play

FARGO – West Fargo may not be in full stride yet after the holiday break, but the Patriots took a step in the right direction Tuesday.

West Fargo’s Camran Bonnema ripped a two-run double in the fifth inning to pace the Patriots to a 5-3 win over Fargo Post 2 at Jack Williams Stadium.

“I just did what I could,” said Bonnema, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. “Coach gave me the hit-and-run sign and I wasn’t sure if I picked it up right away. But I saw the guy running so I just hit the ball and it fell in.”

Bonnema’s double drove in starting pitcher Andy Young and third baseman Landon Uetz. But the trouble began for Post 2 in the fourth.

Bonnema led off the inning with a single and scored on consecutive throwing errors by Post 2’s shortstop Jakes Salentine.

Luke Johnson hit a ground ball to Salentine, whose throw was in the dirt, and it bounced past Joe Hallock’s glove at first base. The next at-bat, Jordan Rheault ripped a shot at Salentine, but this time his throw was high and Bonnema was able to score from third.

“It was kind of a gift, but we gave it back to them in the seventh” said Patriots head coach Bill Ibach of the unearned runs. “I think we could do a lot better. I expect us to score more runs. We haven’t hit our stride yet, but we had some good bats (Tuesday).”

On the mound, Young gave up two hits and served Post 2 a shutout through six. In the seventh, he gave up a solo home run to Aaron Green before giving up a triple and a single to Ryan Smith and Casey Quinlan, respectively, to shrink the lead by three runs.

Young pitched eight innings and struck out seven batters and walked one. Anjelo Shepherd came in relief in the ninth after Young gave up another single to Quinlan to lead off the inning.

Shepherd retired three of the next four batters to tally one strike out and set the score in stone 5-3.

“Once I got to the last out, I started to get nervous, kind of got the jitters,” Shepherd said. “But I know that my team is there to back me up in any situation…I can count on them.”

“He’s very consistent,” Bonnema added: “We felt confident bringing him in because we know we have solid defense and can make the plays behind him.”

Smith was the offensive leader for Post 2 with a triple, a single and one run scored. Quinlan added two single and Seth Amundson had a double in the first and single in the sixth.

Amundson was the starting pitcher for Post 2 and threw four innings and gave four hits and struck out four batters. Issac Rerick came in relief for Amundson in the fifth, but he would three runs off three hits that same inning.

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Young, Shepherd (9) and Bruenjes. Amundson, Rerick (4), Hallock (8). W–Young. L–Amundson. HR- F, Green 1.

Forum reporter Glenn Pursley can be reached at (701) 241-5549