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Oakes Defeats Kindred in Wild Fashion

KINDRED, N.D.-- It was a wild finish as Oakes defeated Kindred 4-3 in a drama-filled game in the Class B Southeast Region American Legion baseball tournament Friday at the Ballpark in Kindred.

Oakes' Carter Zetocha collides with Kindred catcher Tyson Tallakson at home plate Friday, July 24, 2015, during the North Dakota Class B Southeast Region American Legion baseball tournament in Kindred.David Samson / The Forum
Oakes' Carter Zetocha collides with Kindred catcher Tyson Tallakson at home plate Friday, July 24, 2015, during the North Dakota Class B Southeast Region American Legion baseball tournament in Kindred.David Samson / The Forum

KINDRED, N.D.-- It was a wild finish as Oakes defeated Kindred 4-3 in a drama-filled game in the Class B Southeast Region American Legion baseball tournament Friday at the Ballpark in Kindred.

Oakes Kaleb Sell scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a walk-off wild pitch. On a 1-2 count, Cole Kelly took a big cut at a fastball high and outside. The ball hit off the end of Kindred catcher Tyson Tallackson's glove and careened to the backstop. As soon as the ball was by the catcher, Sell sprinted home and slid in safely before Tallackson could throw the ball back to the pitcher covering home.

"That was crazy," Sell said. "I saw Peaches (Cole Kelly), our first baseman swing the bat and I look back it was rolling to the fence. I thought I better kick it into gear if I want to score."

The dramatic bottom of the seventh inning was only necessary because Tyson Tallackson hit a two-out home run in the top of the inning to tie the game at three and force the game to continue. With two outs, and two strikes, and trailing 3-2, Tallackson hit a monster shot over the fence in left center to send the game into the bottom of the seventh.

"That's a tough one to swallow," Kindred coach Scott Milbrandt said of the loss. "You give Oakes a lot of credit. The second baseman Zetocha made three beautiful, beautiful plays that saved a lot of runs. Hats off to them ... they deserved to win this one."

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Oakes second baseman Carter Zetocha played a great game defensively making multiple diving catches and showing great range. The Vikings, who had already scored two runs in the inning, were threatening to take the lead with runners on second and third and two outs in the sixth inning.

Zetocha made a diving grab to end the inning and maintain Oakes' 3-2 lead. Ethan Lingen hit a sharp liner to the left of Zetocha who dove with full extension to snare the ball inches from the ground.

"By all means the player of the game," said Oakes manager Cory Schall of his second baseman. "He made about five or six diving plays. He's really fast and he got a glove on them and it sparked the team."

Prior to this game, Oakes had not allowed a run in the tournament. Their scoreless-innings streak came to an end at 19 when Fletcher Andel drove in Tallackson from first with a double.

Oakes moves on to face Enderlin in a 5 p.m. game today. Enderlin defeated Lidgerwood 8-2 in their loser-out game Friday.

Whether Oakes wins or loses, it will be moving on to Sunday's championship game since it is the only undefeated team left in the double-elimination tournament.

Kindred will face LaMoure in a loser-out game in the next round. LaMoure defeated Galchutt 14-5 Friday with help from two Anthony Olson home runs.

La 321 017 0-14 10 1

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G 030 200 0-5 7 2

Thielges and Warcken. Heyen, Knudson (3), Dufner (6) and Hansen. W-Thielges. L-Heyen.

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O 100 200 1-4 8 0

Myers, Andel (7) and Tallackson. M. Kelly, Meehl (6) and Roney.

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