West Fargo unable to find groove against Bismarck at ND Class 2A state legion tournament
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – As Thursday’s game wore on, Josh Seibel grew stronger.
“I hit my spots probably the best I have all year,” Seibel said. “That really helped me out there.”
Top-seeded Bismarck (37-8) plays Grand Forks or Fargo Post 2 at noon Saturday with a trip to the championship game on the line.
“We’re sure happy with this one,” Bismarck coach Mike Skytland said. “This is where we want to be, but it’s a new game every time. We’ll get ready for the next one.”
Seibel made sure of that, surrendering just four hits in seven innings, though he did walk six and hit one. He had three strikeouts and pitched well when it mattered, as West Fargo stranded 10 runners.
“He sure made pitches,” Skytland said. “A couple of times with runners on, he really got key outs. That led to him relaxing more. He got stronger the last three innings or so.”
Seibel also got it done from the plate, hammering a solo shot as part of a three-run sixth inning that brought the 10-run rule into play.
“They came ready to play and I’m not sure we were,” said West Fargo coach Bill Ibach, whose team plays at 8 p.m. against the Dickinson-Jamestown winner. “We just never got out of the starting box.”
West Fargo’s Camran Bonnema was pulled after three innings, surrendering five runs – two earned – on five hits, three walks and three hit batters.
“Bismarck put some pretty good swings on him and some good at-bats on him that built up his pitch count,” Ibach said. “He handled it well. He realized he didn’t have his good stuff. He was just trying to get through it.”
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Josh Seibel and Quinn Irey. Camran Bonnema, Brennan Thiele (3), Matt Hewitt (5) and Ben Bruenjes. W–Seibel. L–Bonnema. HR: Bis, Seibel.