FARGO - In his entire baseball career, Casey Quinlan had never hit a walk-off home run.
That changed on Thursday.
Quinlan hit a solo home run to lift Fargo Post 2 to a 3-2 victory over North St. Paul in Game 1 of an American Legion baseball doubleheader at Jack Williams Stadium.
Fargo center fielder Andrew Beyer hit a single that drove in Max Teschendorf and Seth Tollefson in the nightcap to sweep North St. Paul with a 13-7 decision.
Quinlan's home run off of North St. Paul starting pitcher Jake Dawson ended a streak of nine in a row retired by Dawson.
"I'm not a home run hitter, so I wasn't expecting a walk-off," Quinlan said. "I was up 1-0 (in the count), so I knew he would be coming back with a fastball, and I knew I was going to put as good a swing as I could on it."
Quinlan and starting pitcher Conner Robley each tallied one RBI during the game, while Nick Salentine led Fargo with two hits.
Robley pitched a solid game, giving up six hits and striking out six before being replaced by Quinlan on the mound.
Five of the six hits allowed by Robley came consecutively during the fifth inning, capped by North St. Paul's Alec Galloway's run-scoring single to tie the game 2-2. Quinlan retired six of the seven batters he faced.
"He's a strong kid and has a big bat," Fargo's head coach Luke Rustad said of Quinlan's homer. "I'm glad he kept it simple. He looked for a fastball, he found it and he didn't miss it. I expected him to hit it hard."
In Game 2, North St. Paul's Jake Dahlberg hit a single that scored Dawson give his team a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning.
Quinlan, again playing a key role for Fargo (17-9), hit a one-run triple after Ryan Smith's base hit that scored Beyer to take the lead back at 4-3.
Aaron Greene finished with one double, two singles and an RBI, while Beyer ended the night with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.
North St. Paul (11-4) was led by starting right fielder Ryan Nicolai, who hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Nicolai finished 2-for-4.
North St. Paul is currently tied for first place in the Minnesota American Legion Baseball Fourth District standings. After putting up just three runs in the first game, Rustad was glad his team got the bats rolling in second game.
"I'm pleased we hit the ball better," Rustad said. "Pitching-wise, we got to get ahead of hitters better, but I didn't think we played that bad. We were down and came back and tied the game, and we've had trouble with being down early on. The good part is that we got the lead and kept the pressure on them."
NSP 100 010 0- 2 6 2
F 110 000 1- 3 7 2
Dawson and Kelly. Robley, Quinlin (6) and Hallock. W-Quinlin. L-Dawson.
NSP 012 012 1- 7 6 3
F 004 160 2- 13 11 2
Shipstad, Kelly (5) and Karel. Linstaedt, Salentine (3), Howlett (5) and Teschendorf. W-Salentine. L-Shipstad.
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