Fargo North keeps Devils Lake hitting a bay in baseball sweep.
Fargo North senior pitcher Blake Anderson was dealing Thursday, May 2, against Devils Lake. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first inning, the Firebirds looked to blow the game open early. Yet the inning ended scoreless. It was symbolic of how the day unfolded inside Legion Field at Roosevelt Park.
The Spartans earned the doubleheader sweep against Devils Lake, holding the Firebirds to two runs across the two games on Parents/Senior Night.
Jacob Greene led the Firebirds off with a single. Michael Widmer moved Greene over with a sacrifice fly and Luke Aanstad’s single put runners at the corners. Joey Hornstein drew the walk to load the bases. But Anderson got consecutive outs, including striking out Parker Vilandre to end the inning.
The Firebirds didn’t get a runner to third base again until the fifth inning.
Leading 1-0, Spartans’ Gabe Duncan drew a walk to open the fourth inning. Dan Christianson singled and with one out, Dan Boutain reached on a Firebirds error that scored Duncan. Later in the inning, a hit ball by Anderson scored Christianson. With two outs, an RBI single by Joe Boutain scored Dan Boutain and a RBI double by Peyton Fisher scored Anderson. North’s half of the inning ended with two left on base but five runs came across to give the Spartans the 6-0 lead.
A Greene RBI single in the bottom of the fifth that scored Nate Grafsgaard kept the Firebirds from being scoreless.
The Spartans earned their first run of the game in the third inning when a sacrifice fly by Anderson brought in Dan Boutain.
Anderson pitched the complete game, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out 11. He also had two RBIs and scored a run. The win put both the Spartans and the Firebirds tied for sixth in the Eastern Dakota Conference standings at 2-3, two and half games back of conference leader Grand Forks Central.
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A sacrifice fly by Jack Dorsher that scored Mike Hallquist, his second run of the game, in the top of the eighth proved to be the difference in Game 2.
Hellquist led the inning off for the Spartans (6-6) by drawing a walk. A Vilandre throwing error allowed Anderson to reach and Hellquist to advance to third that set up Dorsher’s sacrifice fly.
North got the advantage in the top of the third. With two outs and a runner on second, Fisher’s RBI single scored Hallquist.
The Firebirds (7-6) tied the second game in the bottom of the fourth inning after a Chris Shepherd double to the left field corner scored Vilandre from second. Vilandre got on base by a hit by a pitch. The Firebirds stranded two in the inning.
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