Hegstad's gem helps Post 2 secure a split
FARGO-- After being treated to bonus baseball in the first game of an American Legion doubleheader between Fargo Post 2 and Jamestown, the crowd at Jack Williams Stadium was treated to a gem on the mound by Post 2 pitcher Nate Hegstad in Game 2 o...
FARGO-- After being treated to bonus baseball in the first game of an American Legion doubleheader between Fargo Post 2 and Jamestown, the crowd at Jack Williams Stadium was treated to a gem on the mound by Post 2 pitcher Nate Hegstad in Game 2 on Wednesday. Jamestown won the first game 5-4 in eight innings. Post 2 bounced back and won the second game 9-0.
The first game went into extra innings tied 4-4. Three consecutive Post 2 errors to begin the eighth inning gave Jamestown the go-ahead run. Peyton Walker scored the game-winner from second base when Post 2 catcher Andrew Penney overthrew first baseman Andrew Lein on a bunt attempt by Brandon Stahlhut.
"It was just a matter of trying to get the leadoff guy on, which is crucial in extra innings," Jamestown manager Cory Anderson said. "We were able to do that. They had a little faux pas with the bunt, and we got a run that way."
Jamestown had a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the eighth to seal the 5-4 victory.
Post 2 tied the game 4-4 in the fifth inning, scoring two runs without a hit. The first two batters, Brett Koppinger and Ben Bryant walked. Koppinger scored on a pass ball that brought Bryant from first to third. Bryant tagged up on a Mike Boutain sac fly to right field.
Jamestown pitcher Brian Wenzel did not allow a hit in the final four innings. He pitched an efficient eight innings striking out one and walking three.
"Brian hammers the zone really well," Anderson said. "He pounds it with all three of his pitches. He is able to add and subtract velocity, and when he does that, he is effective and gets some quick innings. I think he threw eight innings and only had 83 pitches. That's very efficient."
Post 2 bounced back in the second game to win 9-0. Nate Hegstad was dynamite on the mound, shutting out Jamestown. He struck out five, had no walks and gave up three hits. He retired 10 consecutive batters early in the game. Jamestown never managed more than one hit in an inning.
"The best part of this game is Nate Hegstad on the mound," Fargo Post 2 manager Luke Rustad said. "Throwing strikes, having command of all of his pitches. That's what we try to preach to these guys. It doesn't matter how hard you throw if you can hit spots and you have command of your off-speed pitches you're going to have an opportunity to win. Nate proved that today and he gave us a great start."
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