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Tom Mix, Published August 08 2013

Eden Prairie uses late rally to top Rapid City at Central Plains Regional baseball tournament

FARGO – Eden Prairie (Minn.) was waiting for its offense to put together a rally most of Thursday afternoon at Jack Williams Stadium.

The long wait ended in the bottom of the eighth inning when Eden Prairie scored four runs, helping it to a 5-2 win over Rapid City (S.D.) during the opening round of the American Legion Central Plains Regional baseball tournament.

Eden Prairie entered the eighth down 2-1. Cody Wetmore led off the eighth with a double and came around to score the tying run off an RBI single by Kent Curran.

Curran’s hit started a string of four straight singles for Eden Prairie (33-12).

“We had trouble getting to their pitcher the whole game,” said Wetmore, who scored two runs in the game. “Luckily in that eighth inning we realized that we needed to start something if we were going to come back and win the game.”

Eden Prairie advances to play the winner of Fargo Post 2 and Burnsville (Minn.) at 8 p.m. today.

“Cody coming through and starting things off with a big double was huge,” Eden Prairie head coach John Buteyn said. “Some of the other guys got a chance to go against their starter for the fourth time, which helped. He didn’t look tired, but sometimes when you see a guy that many times you start to pick him up a little better.”

Eden Prairie scored a run in the first inning off a sacrifice fly by shortstop Andrew Miller.

Rapid City (56-14-1) tied the game in the third when center fielder Greg Schaefer connected for an RBI single that scored Jacob James.

Schaefer handed Rapid City the lead in the sixth inning when he connected for a solo home run. Schaefer finished 3-for-4.

Rapid City advances to play the loser of Fargo Post 2 and Burnsville at 1 p.m. today.

Curran, Luke Lind and Jack Claeys each finished 2-for-4 for Eden Prairie. Eden Prairie has won the Central Plains Regional four times (2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011). In 2011, Eden Prairie won the American Legion World Series.

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