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Legion baseball: Moorhead Blues remain undefeated heading into tournament semifinals

The Blues won twice Friday in the Jim Pettersen Invitational and are 4-0 heading into Saturday's tournament semifinals.

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Moorhead's Carter Heinsch dives back to first base on a pick off attempt against Gillette's Jason Fink during the Jim Pettersen Invitational tournament at Matson Field in Moorhead on Friday, July 1, 2022.
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MOORHEAD — The Moorhead Blues won two games Friday in the Jim Pettersen Invitational American Legion baseball tournament and take a 4-0 mark into Saturday's semifinals.

Moorhead's Carter Heinsch hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to break a tie and the Blues defeated Gillette 5-3 in Friday's first game.

Heinsch homered again and pitcher Carson Zimmel got the win as the Blues downed Bloomington 8-0 in the evening game.

The Blues play Fargo Post 2 in the second semifinal at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack Williams Stadium. Manitoba plays West Fargo at 10 a.m. in the first semi.

Against Gillette, Wyatt Tweet singled in the first inning and later scored on a Gillette error on a Blues steal attempt to make it 1-0.

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Moorhead's Aaron Reierson singled in a run in the third and after Gillette scored in the fifth to cut the Blues' lead to 2-1, Justin Stalboerger tripled and scored on Tweet's sacrifice fly in the home half of the inning.

Gillette tied the game 3-3 in the sixth on a solo home run and an RBI single. But in the home half, Heinsch homered, and after Zimmel walked and moved up on a sacrifice bunt, a Zach Taft squeeze bunt scored Zimmel and the Blues led 5-3.

Against Bloomington, Tweet doubled in a run in the first inning and Stalboerger's two-run triple and Tweet's sacrifice fly in the second put the Blues up 4-0.

Heinsch hit his second homer of the day in the third inning and another Tweet sacrifice fly and a wild pitch brought home two more Blues runs in the fourth.

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Moorhead's Jacob Vannett is forced out at second base by against Gillette's Dominic Hecker during the Jim Pettersen Invitational tournament at Matson Field in Moorhead on Friday, July 1, 2022.
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