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Peschel holds off Vipers

Mike Peschel would prefer to have zeroes across his entire pitching line. However, the end result is what concerns the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks starter most. The left-hander gave up eight hits, but pitched 6Zc scoreless innings Monday at Newman Ou...

Mike Peschel pitches

Mike Peschel would prefer to have zeroes across his entire pitching line.

However, the end result is what concerns the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks starter most.

The left-hander gave up eight hits, but pitched 6Zc scoreless innings Monday at Newman Outdoor Field. His performance helped the RedHawks to a 10-0 Northern League victory against the Calgary Vipers before 2,004 fans.

"The main part is keeping the runs off the board, it doesn't matter how many hits you give up," Peschel said. "You can live with the singles if you can stay away from the extra-base hits and stay away from the walks."

Seven of the hits Peschel allowed were singles. He struck out three batters and walked one.

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The RedHawks (4-1) won their fourth consecutive game and are tied with the Vipers

(4-1) for first place in the North Division.

Through five games, no RedHawks starting pitcher has allowed more than three runs in a start.

"If we can continue to get that type of starting pitching, we'll be a good team," RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. "Everyone wants to do well. They are very competent people who know what they are doing."

The RedHawks scored in the first inning for a fourth straight game.

For a second game in a row, F-M center fielder Joe Mathis led off the bottom of the first with a home run. That sparked a four-run inning.

The RedHawks added two runs in the fourth inning and capped their effort with four runs in the eighth inning.

"Joe seems to spark it a little bit and next thing you know, we have something going on," Simunic said.

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"When all of a sudden you're up 4-0, its helps your confidence," Peschel added. "You don't worry so much about giving up a single or a baserunner."

Peschel gave up multiple hits in just two innings, the first and the sixth. A double play helped him out of the first inning without allowing a run. In the sixth, a key strikeout helped him out of that jam without allowing a run.

"Overall a good team effort and good enthusiasm," Simunic said. "We are not beating ourselves. We are just playing good baseball. That's what we do."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson's prep sports blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

Mike Peschel pitches

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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