FARGO — The Fargo Davies and Fargo Shanley baseball teams each bounced back fast after suffering their first Eastern Dakota Conference losses.
The Eagles suffered their first conference loss Monday, and came right back Tuesday to win the first game of a doubleheader with Shanley 11-4 and handed the Deacons their first conference loss. Shanley came right back in the second game, beating Davies 7-3 to earn a split at Fargo Davies High School.
Only the first game counted toward the teams’ conference records, while the second counted only for their overall marks.
“Last night was a rough night. We didn’t play good baseball, it was just one of those sloppy games,” Davies coach Hans Anderson said. “Tonight we bounced back and that was our big talk last night, how are you going to come back? Are you going to let it roll into two games or are you going to put that game behind you?”
The Eagles put the Sheyenne loss behind them right away and got their bats going from the jump. They scored two runs in the first inning and three in the second to lead 5-1 after two.
Kobe Senn drove in Truman Werremeyer from second with a single down the third-base line to open the scoring in the bottom of the first. Senn advanced to third on a throw home and then scored on a wild pitch.
Ben Callies drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in Eli Mach to make it 3-1 in the second. Senn singled between third and short to score Ethan Claus and Werremeyer, pushing it to 5-1.
“That was nice to build our confidence right away,” Anderson said. “That puts you at ease so you don’t have to panic. Then it just helps the pitcher focus in and throw strikes and we can just go on from there.”
Davies all but put the first game away with a four-run fourth inning that gave them a 4-1 lead. Werremeyer, Callies, Colten Alme and Caden Graf all scored in the inning.
Senn was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored for the Eagles in Game 1, while Caden Graf was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI.
Werremeyer reached base in all four plate appearances for the Eagles in Game 1 with a hit by pitch, a walk, a single and a double. His courtesy runner scored all four times.
Davies pitcher Jackson Skjerseth got the win in Game 1, allowing four runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts across six innings.
“Jackson pitched really well,” Anderson said. “He mixed it up and hit his spots. They had a couple bloopers in there and hit a couple hard ones, but we didn’t let anything build and get too big on him.”
Shanley catcher Zach Sandy said the Deacons had maybe been a little bit flat in their last couple of games, so it was good for them to bounce back in Game 2 even if they didn’t win the EDC counter.
“Losing that first one — the conference one, that’s the one you want to win,” Sandy said. “Now it comes down to our seniors and our leadership. We’ve got to get these guys on board here and ready to go. To get that second one is big.”
Deacons pitchers Isaac Emineth and Michael Rostberg combined to gut their way out of bases-loaded jams in each of the final three innings of Game 2 without yielding a run.
Emineth walked back-to-back batters with two outs to fill up the bases and induced a routine grounder to shortstop to escape. Rostberg forced a groundout to third with the bases loaded to get out of the fourth. The Eagles had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth and Rostberg got a strikeout and a pop out to first base.
“Rostberg had a little rough outing the last time, but he’s a good kid and a talented athlete,” Sandy said. “To have him go out there and compete and finish well was good for us. I think that’ll be a good confidence booster for him.”
Shanley hung four runs in the top of the fifth inning to pull away and seal the second game. They loaded the bases with no outs. Cooper Mattern grounded into a fielder’s choice, but Tommy Simon and Ben Ostlie scored to give the Deacons a 5-3 lead. Calvin Clausen drove in Mattern with a single to left. Dylan Erholtz followed that up with a single to center to drive in Adam Leninger, extending the advantage to 7-3 with one out.
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