Mustache-clad West Fargo rolls to 18-3 win in N.D. Class A baseball opener

West Fargo sophomore Brayden Jacobson swings away during Thursday's first-round game at the North Dakota Class A state baseball tournament in Minot. Justin Martinez / Minot Daily News

MINOT, N.D. - Respect the mustache.

The power of East Region No. 3-seeded West Fargo’s facial hair proved to be too much for West Region No. 2-seeded Dickinson, as the Midgets couldn’t keep pace with the dapper Packers en route to a 18-3 loss.

“In years past we’ve (grown mustaches) for the postseason, so we just wanted to keep the tradition going,” Jacobson said. “We just came in prepared and were ready to play today.”

Jacobson led the charge. The sophomore, sporting a pencil mustache, got a single on the opening at-bat and came home soon afterwards thanks to an RBI groundout by senior Adison Krank.

But the mustached menace wasn’t finished. With the bases loaded in the top of the second inning, Jacobson delivered once more with a booming shot to right field that brought in two runs.


Now leading 6-0 in the top of the third inning, another furry-faced sophomore made his presence known.

Carter Birrenkott, also rocking a pencil mustache, pushed the lead to 8-0 with a hit that leaked into the outfield and platted in two runs. Jacobson brought Birrenkott home on the next at-bat with an RBI single up the middle.

Dickinson sophomore Landon Aman got the Midgets on the board with an RBI single in what was a three-run fifth inning, but the late scoring burst wasn’t enough to avoid the 18-3 mercy rule defeat.

Jacobson (4-for-5), Birrenkott (2-for-3) and junior Anthony Villanueva (1-for-3) each recorded four RBIs in the win.

“We just have to keep doing what we’re doing,” West Fargo head coach Brett Peterson said. “As long as we keep swinging the bats like that, we like our chances.”

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