Fosston took an early lead and held on to beat the Crookston Nels T. Wold American Legion Post 20 baseball team 5-3 in a game called after five innings because of a severe thunderstorm in Crookston at Jim Karn Field. 

Fosston struck in the first inning with a leadoff single from Austin Schmidt before Jaxon Paulson was hit by a pitch and runners were at first and second base.  Schmidt advanced to third base on a fly out to centerfield and scored on a sacrifice fly by Evan Chalich for a 1-0 lead.
Fosston added two more runs in the second inning when Tristan Gustafson and Trent Balstad had back to back one-out singles.  Austin Schmidt had a stand up double to score two runs for a 3-0 lead through two innings.
In the third inning, Fosston added two more runs when Kyle Jacobson reached on an error stole second base and advanced to third on another Crookston error.  Lance Balstad reached on a fielder’s choice and a run scored when Jacob Gutterud walked with bases loaded for a 4-0 lead.  Another run scored when Trent Balstad singled and Fosston led 5-0 through three innings.
Crookston finally got their first hit of the game in the fourth inning after Joe Doda walked, Cade DeLeon hit the ball up the middle and it deflected off the pitchers glove past the second baseman and Doda scored all the way from second base and Crookston trailed 5-1.
Crookston added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Carter Bruggeman singled to lead off the inning and Brady Butt walked.  Bruggeman scored on an error and Butt scored on a wild pitch and Crookston trailed 5-3.  A severe thunderstorm struck and the winds and rain picked up and the game was called after five innings and Fosston won the game 5-3 in five innings.

Both coaches think the District 9 Division II play-in game on Tuesday will have Fosston hosting Crookston.  As soon as we get the tournament brackets for next week, we will pass the schedule along.

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Fosston 1 2 2 0 0 5 7 2
Crookston 0 0 0 1 2 3 2 2


Pitching IP H R ER BB K
Kyle Jacobson – Fos 5.0 2 3 3 3 11
Brady Butt – Crox 5.0 6 5 3 2 4

For Crookston-
Cade DeLeon – 1-2, rbi
Carter Bruggeman – 1-2

For Fosston –
Austin Schmidt – 2-3, 2 rbi’s, run, double
Trent Balstad – 2-3, rbi, run