The Crookston American Legion Post 20 Baseball team picked up a doubleheader sweep against Fargo Post 400 on Tuesday winning game one 5-4 on a walk-off hit by Brooks Butt and holding onto an early lead to win game two 4-3.
Game 1 –
Fargo jumped out to a first-inning lead when Bryce Atrius would single with one out and move to second. He came into score when the next batter reached on a throwing error before being forced out a second trying to advance. A ground out would end the inning and Fargo led 1-0.
Crookston went in order the first two innings while Joey Doda was able to pitch around a one-double in the second before sending Fargo down in order in the third. In the home half of the inning, Cade DeLeon drew a one-out walk, followed by a single from Gunner Gunderson. Following an infield fly, Doda would walk to load the bases before Alex LaFrance was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run making it 1-1 through three.
Crookston would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Brady Butt drew a lead off walk. Following a fly out, Blake Fee singled moving Butt to third to put runners on the corners. DeLeon hit a sacrifice fly to score Butt giving Crookston a 2-1 lead. Blake Fee would also come around to score on a pitch that got to the backstop and Crookston led 3-1.
Fargo reclaimed the lead in the fifth when with one out Victor Czar reached on an error and scored on a double by Ethan Claus to cut the lead to one at 3-2. A single by Atrius put runners on the corners before Atrius stole second and the throw sailed from the catcher scoring Claus and moving Atrius to third making it 3-3. A double would score Atrius and Fargo led 4-3. “Joey pitched well,” said coach Kent Shafer. “We made a couple of errors and gave them a few runs.”
Crookston rallied in the bottom of the seventh as Jade Selzer reached on catcher’s interference to lead off the inning. Following a strikeout, Alex LaFrance would strikeout but reach base on a wild pitch. Back-to-Back walks forced in Selzer to tie the game 4-4 with one out and bases loaded. Brooks Butt then singled to center for the walk-off win. “We didn’t do a lot of hitting in game one,” said Shafer. “But Brooks was able to come up with the big hit to win the game.”
|Joey Doda – Crox (WP)||7.0||6||4||2||1||3|
|Dylan Summland – Fargo||5.0||3||3||3||4||4|
|Ethan Claus – Fargo (LP)||1.1||1||2||1||4||3|
Brooks Butt 1-4, RBI
Gunner Gunderson 1-2, walk
Bryce Atrius 2-4, 2 runs
Ethan Claus 1-4, double, RBI, run
Game 2 –
Crookston would take an early lead in game two when Blake Fee and Brady Butt picked up singles to open the inning. The runners moved up on a balk and Fee would score on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
Crookston extended their lead in the third as Ashton Larson and Jake Miller opened the inning with singles. A sacrifice bunt by Walker Winjum put the runners on second and third with one out. Gavin Salem would single to score Larson to make it 2-0 before Blake Fee hit a sacrifice fly scoring Miller and giving Post 20 a 3-0 lead after three. “We hit the ball much better in game two,” said coach Kent Shafer. “Blake had a nice game getting a couple runs in and getting two hits.”
Fargo would get their first run of the game in the fourth as Mitch Runcorn reached on a single. Following a fly out, Caden Grat reached on a fielder’s choice that forced out Runcorn and moved to second on an error. Ben Crawford would single to score Grat making it 3-1.
Crookston pushed their lead back to three in the fifth when Winjum drew a one-out walk and stole second before scoring on an RBI double by Fee to make it 4-1.
Miller, Crookston’s starting pitcher, ran into trouble in the sixth as he hit the lead off batter who moved to second on a wild pitch. A ground out was followed by a Crawford single to put runners on the corners. Thane Kruk then singled home a run to make it 4-2 advancing Crawford to second. Kruk was forced out at second when Ethan Claus hit into a fielder’s choice but the throw to turn the double play missed its mark allowing Crawford to score from second to make it 4-3 when Claus advanced to second. On walk put the go-ahead run on base before Miller got the final batter he’d face to ground out to third. Brooks Butt came on in the seventh to pitch a 1-2-3 inning for the save. “We let Miller kind of work out of a jam in the sixth,” said Shafer. “He was maybe getting a little tired and an error hurt that inning but was able to get the job done.”
Crookston improves to 4-2 and will host a doubleheader against Stephen-Argyle Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Jim Karn Field.
|Jake Miller – Crox (WP)||6.0||7||3||2||4||1|
|Brooks Butt – Crox (S)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Cayden Pranks – Fargo||6.0||9||4||4||2||6|
Blake Fee 2-2, double, 2 RBI
Cade Coauette 2-2
Ben Crawford 2-3, R
Thane Kruk 2-3, RBI