West Fargo defeats Carrington in Sunday finale
Carrington Post 25 was steller to start the Phil Brown Classic, but pitching depth and errors caught up to the Class B American Legion baseball team on Sunday afternoon.
A pair of errors in both the first and second innings costed Post 25 four runs as Carrington fell to West Fargo 9-2 at Jack Brown Stadium.
"Today was a little disappointing," said Post 25 coach Tim Ranum. "We didn't make plays and we just didn't play a good game. Offensively we had guys on base but we're just struggling to bring guys in.
"Overall on the weekend we had good at-bats and I think that will only benefit us."
An infield error and a collision in left-center field resulted in two runs crossing home plate for West Fargo to open the scoring in the first inning.
"It was youth out there," Ranum said, referring to the outfield. "There's a lot of guys out there that haven't had a lot of innings and haven't played a lot of baseball. You have to give kids an opportunity and hopefully they'll learn.
"At the end of the day, I think our defense, if we have everyone there, will play at their best."
In the next frame, Carrington first baseman Brandon Larson missed a pop-up by Quade Peters in foul territory and the nine-hole hitter took advantage of the extra out. Peters lined a ball that got behind Colton Buskness and allowed Caleb Jamieson to score from first base.
Carrington sent out starting pitcher Zach Johnson and because of pitching depth, Ranum had to leave Johnson out there for the entire game.
"Zach stepped up and took the bullet for us," Ranum said. "I thought he threw enough outs to keep us competitive. We thought we'd have to score a lot of runs anyway but when we're giving them extra outs you'll lose every time."
Carrington will travel to Mayville on Tuesday for a conference doubleheader against Post 8 starting at 3 p.m.
"We haven't seen them in high school or legion yet," Ranum said. "You never know with summer baseball who's there and who's not. I know they play teams really competitive and one of the better teams in our region."
Carrington 3, Devils Lake 2
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Gillette (Wyo.) 7, Carrington 0
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