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Carrington in favorable spot at ND Class B Legion tournament

LANGDON, N.D. – Marcus Hewitt understates when it comes to Carrington’s pitching.

“We’ve been playing pretty good baseball the last couple of weeks,” Hewitt said. “But, pitching-wise, we haven’t been quite this good.”

Good? Carrington has been more like dominant at the North Dakota Class B American Legion state baseball tournament. Carrington earned a berth in today’s state title game by eliminating Enderlin 9-0 on Saturday as Hewitt pitched a six-hit complete game.

Carrington is 4-0 in the tournament. It has shut out three opponents and allowed a total of three runs (two earned) in 29 innings. Opponents have totaled 22 hits.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” Hewitt said.

Carrington coach Tim Ranum agrees.

“This is uncharted territory for our pitching,” Ranum said. “It’s been pleasant surprise after pleasant surprise. We don’t have a dominant type of pitcher who gets a lot of strikeouts.”

Carrington gave Hewitt a quick lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Pat Freeman drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the first run, a balk plated the second and Alex Jarrett grounded a single into right field to score the third.

“Marcus threw well,” Ranum said. “We got those three runs right away. That helped. He just concentrated on throwing strikes. He kept them off balance.

“He hasn’t started in a lot of big games. He did a heckuva job.”

Hewitt struck out five. But only once did he allow a runner past second base. In the sixth inning Enderlin had runners on second and third with one out, but couldn’t get one home.

“They’re hot, no question,” Enderlin coach Kevin Bratland said. “It’s tough to compete with what they’re doing.

“They throw strikes. We hit the ball. But we couldn’t find holes and they picked up everything. We couldn’t sustain anything.”

Carrington, the lone unbeaten left in the tournament, plays Thompson in the state title game at 1 p.m. today. Should Thompson win, a second championship would follow immediately in the double-elimination tournament.

C 300 213 0–9 13 0

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WP– Marcus Hewitt. LP– Jorun Hamre