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Omaha Westside edges Post 2 at Central Plains Regional

Fargo Post 2’s Carter Thompson is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run in an American Legion Division I Central Plains Regional baseball tournament game against Omaha Westside on Saturday. Nick Wagner / The Forum

FARGO – Fargo Post 2 hung a rare crooked number up against Omaha Westside in the eighth inning Saturday at Jack Williams Stadium.

Post 2 scored four runs in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough to get the best of Westside, which outlasted the late rally to claim a 5-4 win.

Westside’s stingy starting pitching staff has clamped down this weekend at the American Legion Division I Central Plains Regional tournament.

Entering the eighth, Westside starter Mike Waldron held a 5-0 lead and extended the team’s consecutive scoreless innings streak to 23 innings.

“It was a matter of putting together good at-bats and I thought early in the game we were chasing a few pitches out of the zone,” Post 2 head coach Luke Rustad said.

Post 2’s Mike Boutain led off the eighth with a walk and was followed by Carter Thompson who singled and Seth Amundson who walked.

Just like that it was bases loaded, no outs and Post 2’s No. 4 hitter Andrew Penney stepped into the batter’s box.

Penney delivered with a two-run double. Amundson scored on a fielding error on the play and so ended Westside’s streak of zeros.

“We knew that wasn’t the guy we wanted to face with runners on in this game, but that’s where we were in that inning,” Westside head coach Bob Greco said. “You can see by looking at him that he likes to pull the ball and he got a good swing on Mike’s changeup.”

Penney came around to score on an RBI groundout off the bat of Andrew Lein.

“We kept grinding it out and hung in there,” Rustad said. “This team can score runs and all it takes is a couple walks and timely hit and we are right back in it.”

In the bottom of the ninth, Westside reliever Luke Biggs retired the Post 2 side in order to earn the save and clinch the win.

“It would have been nice to get a runner on in the last inning to put a little pressure on their reliever,” Rustad said.

Post 2 finishes its season 33-20. Westside (53-5) plays St. Cloud at 6 p.m. today.

Catcher Alex Nielsen was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Westside.

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Mi. Waldron, Biggs (9) and Nielsen. Linstaedt and Penney. W–Mi. Waldron. L–Linstaedt. S–Biggs.

Omaha PI Midwest 10, Lakeville North 2

Shortstop Jason Allbery was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored to lead Omaha PI Midwest to a 10-2 victory over Lakeville North in an elimination game.

Dillon O’Doherty was 1-for-5 with two RBIs and also earned the win pitching six innings of relief.

PI Midwest (44-11) plays Bismarck at 3 p.m. today.

Lakeville North finishes its season 29-8.

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Sakowski, D. O’Doherty (4) and Emodi. Nonweiler, Larson (3), Ahlers (7) and Jensen. W–D. O’Doherty. L–Nonweiler.

Tom Mix

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high school sports reporter. He's worked at The Forum for five years. He was the 2013 North Dakota sportswriter of the year, an award that is sponsored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to  

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