Legion baseball: Fargo Post 2 wins 'The Pete'
A seven-run fourth inning was the key as Post 2 defeated Manitoba in the Jim Pettersen Invitational championship game Saturday.
FARGO — Manitoba's four-straight bases-loaded walks in the fourth inning helped Fargo Post 2 to a 12-4, six-inning victory in the Jim Pettersen Invitational championship game Saturday at Jack Williams Stadium.
Earlier Saturday, Post 2 reached the title game of "The Pete" with a come-from-behind 12-9 win over the Moorhead Blues in nine innings.
Against Manitoba, Post 2 trailed 2-0 in the second but Connor Holm tied it with a two-run single. Landon Meier singled in the go-ahead run and a fourth run scored on a Manitoba error.
Manitoba scored twice in the third inning to make it 4-4 but Post 2 pulled away in the top of the fourth.
Post 2 scored a run on the Manitoba catcher's throwing error back to the mound, and Will Bachman followed with a two-run double to left to make it 7-4. Then came four-straight bases-loaded walks and Post 2 led 11-4.
In the sixth, Holm led off with a double and later scored on a double steal to make it 12-4 and invoke the eight-run rule. Post 2 starter and winner Brady Manley put a couple Manitoba runners on in the bottom of the sixth but worked out of the threat to end the game.
Manley allowed three earned runs and struck out four.
Holm was 3 for 4 with the double, three RBIs and he scored three runs. Tommy Simon was 2 for 3, drove in a run and scored twice. Meier was 2 for 4 and drove in two runs.
Against Moorhead, Post 2 led 6-4 after four but the Blues scored three in the fifth and another in the sixth to take an 8-6 lead.
Post 2's Aaron Breitbach saved the day, doubling in two runs in the top of the seventh to tie it 8-8. In the ninth, Bachman doubled in the go-ahead run, and after an error, Breitbach again launched a two-run double for a 11-8 lead. Simon drove in the 12th run on a sacrifice fly.