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Chris Murphy, Published August 08 2013

Creighton Prep rolls past WF Patriots at Central Regional

FARGO – There’s not many ways to describe the second inning for West Fargo in the Patriots opening American Legion baseball game of the Central Plains Regional tournament Thursday against Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) at Jack Williams Stadium.

“It was a nightmare,” West Fargo coach Bill Ibach said.

That just about sums up Creighton Prep’s 15-4 win in seven innings.

The returning tournament champion Creighton Prep sent 16 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second inning. After the dust settled, there were six hits, three walks, a wild pitch, four West Fargo errors and 11 runs scored for a Creighton Prep 14-0 lead.

Even more strange was Creighton Prep barely hit the ball.

“Every bloop that we hit fell,” Creighton Prep coach Pat Mooney said. “Every dribbler that we hit fell. We didn’t really hit the ball hard at all the whole game. We just caught all the breaks at the right time. We caught them at a time when their arms weren’t the best.”

The first five Creighton Prep batters of the game reached base to make it 2-0 before West Fargo (40-19) recorded an out. Michael Emodi hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 later in the first innings. Jeffrey Albrecht struck out four Patriots batters in the first two innings, and his only blemish was a two-out walk in the first inning.

Then came the bottom of the second.

A Creighton Prep walk started the bottom of the second, and then two Creighton Prep hitters reached on errors to load the bases.

Zane Zitek walked to make it 4-0, a wild pitch scored Jacob Allen to make it 5-0 and Zachary Garrett ripped a single to score two runs to make it 7-0.

Creighton Prep piled on single after single, eventually extending the lead to 14-0 in the second inning.

“You can’t make mistakes against good teams and expect to win,” Ibach said. “It was hard to recover from that. It’s double-elimination for a reason. We came back and won five games at state to get here. We’ll have to do the same thing, but it’s going to take a lot better effort than we showed. I expect us to come out strong.”

Creighton Prep will move to the winner’s bracket to take on Carroll County (Iowa) at 5 p.m. today, while West Fargo will face elimination at 10 a.m. against Omaha Westside.

“Iowa is pretty tough,” Mooney said. “We’re going to have to come out stronger if we want to beat them. We got our starter out early, so we saved him. That was good.”

WF 000 120 1– 4 5 5

CP 3(11)0 010 x–15 12 0

Wolden, Shepherd (2), Barker (3), Barclay (5), Mapes (6) and Bruenjes and Wohl (6). Albrecht, Petrich (3), Allbery (5), Allen (6), O’Doherty (7) and Emodi and Hawk (5). W–Petrich. L–Wolden. HR-WF, Bonnema. CP, Petrich.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Chris Murphy at (701) 241-5548