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Glenn Pursley, Published August 08 2013

Halbur leads Carroll County to win at Central Plains Regional baseball tournament

FARGO – It didn’t take Chris Halbur long to get used to the mound at Jack Williams Stadium.

Halbur scattered five hits through nine innings and struck out 11 to pace Carroll County (Iowa) to a 4-2 win over Omaha (Neb.) West in the opening game of the American Legion Central Plains Regional baseball tournament Thursday.

With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Halbur struck out Devin Stueck looking to preserve a three-run lead.

“He’s a pretty mild-mannered kid, doesn’t show a lot of emotion and doesn’t get too worked up,” Carroll County head coach Rod Berg said of his 6-foot-4 inch, 240-pound starter. “He’s been a staple for us all year.”

Carter Ludwig led off the second inning with a bloop single to left field that scored Dylan Nelson to put Carroll County up 2-0. Halbur’s RBI double in the third found a gap in the outfield and scored Brandon Brittain to extend the lead to three runs.

Omaha West’s Matt Waldron doubled in the seventh and Luke Biggs followed with an infield single. Biggs stole second the next pitch, and Waldron was able to make it home thanks to an errant throw to put West on the board.

In the ninth, Will Patterson struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt, but beat the throw to first as the wild pitch rolled to the backstop. Jake Meyers would double to drive in Patterson.

West committed five errors to allow four unearned runs. Carroll County had three errors and allowed two unearned runs.

“Staying in the winner’s bracket is important,” Berg said. “It feels good. That was our goal coming in, get that first win and get some time here to regroup and get back after it for that second one.”

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549