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Pitching prowess: Kingsley, Braaten combine to pitch one-hitter for Fargo Post 2 against the Moorhead Blues

Kyle Kingsley was efficient Wednesday at Matson Field, and that led to success. The Fargo Post 2 starter pitched six scoreless innings, facing three batters above the minimum. Kingsley and Zach Braaten combined on a one-hitter, sparking Post 2 to...

Fargo Post 2's Zach Braaten
Fargo Post 2's Zach Braaten gets a base hit Wednesday in Moorhead. Sayward Honer / The Forum

Kyle Kingsley was efficient Wednesday at Matson Field, and that led to success.

The Fargo Post 2 starter pitched six scoreless innings, facing three batters above the minimum. Kingsley and Zach Braaten combined on a one-hitter, sparking Post 2 to a 10-0 victory in seven innings against the Moorhead Blues in American Legion baseball.

"I was able to mix in all my pitches pretty well and keep them guessing throughout the at-bat," Kingsley said. "I felt I needed to throw a lot of strikes, not walk people and keep my team in the game as long as possible."

Kingsley threw 75 pitches, including 50 strikes.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound right-hander struck out nine batters and walked one. The lone hit he gave up was an infield single in the fourth inning. Kingsley struck out the last three batters he faced.

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"He just got ahead of hitters right away," Post 2 coach Jeff Fiechtner said. "If he is that consistent, he is going to be tough."

In contrast, Blues pitchers walked 11 batters and also hit a Post 2 hitter.

"You can't have 11 walks and expect to win baseball games," Blues coach Jeff Miller said. "And then Kingsley throws a nice game, and we get one hit."

Post 2 exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning. Third baseman Zach Argall keyed the rally with a grand slam, which he blasted over the wall in left field.

"It was good to our guys come alive toward the end there," Kingsley said.

Post 2 had just three hits in the sixth inning, but the Blues walked six batters in that frame. All six scored.

"We've got guys that need to come in and throw strikes and they aren't and that's definitely hurting us right now," Miller said. "When you get a big inning like they had, you can't do much."

Blues starter Paul Roers limited Post 2 to one run on three hits through five innings. However, the 6-6 righty walked two of the first four batters he faced in the sixth inning before he was lifted. The Blues used two other pitchers in the sixth inning.

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"We know this is a big game. It's a fun one to play in," Kingsley said. "A lot of people come out and watch so we want to play the best to our abilities as we can."

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

Peterson's blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com

Related Topics: BASEBALL
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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