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Tom Mix, Published July 31 2013

Bonnema helps Patriots to a win over Dickinson in Class A Legion tournament

WEST FARGO – Stringing hits together wasn’t easy for Dickinson on Wednesday.

In fact, hits were scarce for the Roughriders thanks to West Fargo pitcher Camran Bonnema, who tossed a complete-game shutout in the Patriots’ 4-0 win during the North Dakota Class A American Legion state baseball tournament at Veterans Memorial Field.

Bonnema recorded seven strikeouts and gave up just two hits and two walks to the Roughriders.

“Everything felt good,” Bonnema said. “I didn’t throw many warm-up pitches, because it doesn’t take me long to warm up, but it just felt good from the start.”

Mark Erickson and Brett Schweitzer were the only Dickinson batters to get hits off Bonnema.

Dickinson never had a runner reach second base.

“He really stepped up for us,” West Fargo head coach Bill Ibach said of Bonnema. “Dickinson can put runs on the board and he held them to just two hits. That’s an amazing feat.”

West Fargo (36-16) advances to play Fargo Post 2 at 5 p.m. today. Dickinson (23-23) will play the winner of today’s loser-out game between Mandan and Minot at 11 a.m. Friday.

“We haven’t seen (Bonnema) this season, so that was a nice introduction,” Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. “It was rough, but I’m proud of my guys. My guy (Alex Huschka) threw well and made one mistake, but he gave us a chance. We just couldn’t put a couple of hits together.”

West Fargo jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Andy Young scored on an RBI single off the bat of Landon Uetz in the first inning. Jordan Rheault knocked in Ben Huber with an RBI single in the second inning, and Young broke the game open with a towering two-run home run in the fifth inning.

Young finished the game 3-for-4.

Before the game, Ben Potter and Todd Rheault received Distinguished Service Awards from the West Fargo American Legion baseball program.

D 000 000 000–0 2 1

WF 110 020 00x–4 7 1

Huschka and Erickson. Bonnema and Bruenjes. W–Bonnema. L–Huschka. HR–Young.

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