SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — For the second straight day, Fargo Post 2 got a masterful pitching performance in the American Legion Central Plains regional baseball tournament. Colton Frey gave up just one hit, struck out six, and retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced in leading Fargo to an 11-0 win over Oshkosh, Wis., in loser-out play.

The win, another shortened game because of the 10-run mercy rule, is Fargo’s second straight in the losers’ bracket after an opening-round loss on Wednesday. With the win over Oshkosh, Post 2 is one of four teams remaining in the regional tournament with the winner advancing to the Aug. 15 America Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.

Fargo coach Luke Rustad said he’d decided that Frey was going to be the starter against Oshkosh on Thursday night, but to be sure, they had him do a workout outside the team’s Sioux Falls hotel. Rustad said they found a patch of green space behind a gas station near the hotel, and a mini workout commenced.

"We just wanted to make sure the tempo was right after we watched Oshkosh play. There were a couple of overthrows that went about 30 feet, but whatever, we just needed to find some space so we wouldn’t break car windows. But we got it done," Rustad said with a chuckle. "But that today is the Colton Frey I know, and everyone in the dugout knew that kind of performance can happen. He doesn’t get rattled, he just plays. I knew he wasn’t going to be worried about this stage."

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While only three runners got on base during Frey’s five innings, none of them advanced past first base. Frey gave up a single to the first batter he faced, and walked two batters the entire day.

With Oshkosh stagnant on offense, Post 2 went to work in the third inning, and posted seven runs and were never threatened the rest of the way. Ten players came to the plate during the inning that included seven hits.

Frey also got some defensive help following the big seven-run third inning. Noah Alford hit a sharp grounder that looked to sneak over the bag at second base for hit. But shortstop Zach Kluvers made a great play in shallow center field and threw Alford out at first.

"It’s such a stress reliever," Frey said about the offense getting him a big lead. "When you have a team one-through-nine who can put a bat on a ball every time they get to the plate, you can just go out there and do your job and have confidence every time you go out to the mound."

Fargo Post 2 pitcher Colton Frey delivers a pitch during their elimination game of the 2019 Central Plains Regional. Josh Jurgens / Special to The Forum
Fargo Post 2 pitcher Colton Frey delivers a pitch during their elimination game of the 2019 Central Plains Regional. Josh Jurgens / Special to The Forum

Blake Anderson was 3-for-4 from the plate with four RBIs. His two-run single in the top of the fifth pushed the lead to 11-0 and Frey retired the side in the bottom half to end the game early. Brandt Kolpack was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while Kluvers, Zach Sandy and Brayden Koenig each added two hits. Sandy is now 8-for-12 from the plate and Kluvers is 7-for-12 for the tournament. Both have six RBIs to lead Post 2.

Fargo's bats have been hot all tournament. Through three games, Post 2 has pounded out 37 hits and scored 35 runs. In their two wins, they’ve outscored opponents 24-1.

"There's always ebbs and flows in every season, but we are capable of playing like this and we've done that earlier in the year," Rustad said. "This is as good as we’ve been. I just hope it continues."

Fargo will now face the loser of the Appleton (Wis.) and Excelsior (Minn.) game at 1 p.m. Saturday.