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Freeman fires gem in Carrington victory

LANGDON, N.D. — Dylan Crockett conceded a run for an out in the first inning. It was a decision the Langdon coach came to regret.

That run was the difference in a pitching duel between Pat Freeman and Kalton Agnes, as Carrington scored a 1-0 win over Langdon here Wednesday in the first round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament.

Braxton Hewitt scored the lone run.

Hewitt reached first on an error with one out in the first inning and moved to third when Freeman singled with two out. When Freeman attempted a delayed steal, Langdon went for the out at second and Hewitt wound up scoring as Freeman prolonged being tagged out in a rundown between first and second.

“I thought we’d get the out, but they went into the rundown on purpose,” Crockett said. “I figured it would be a higher-scoring game. Those are the tough decisions you make.

“We do that (rundown) play all the time. I never thought we’d get caught having it go against us.”

Said Carrington coach Tim Ranum: “We knew they do that all the time. That sort of inspired us.

We stole a run. I didn’t think much of it at the time.”

Agnes took the mound loss despite the left-hander allowing only four hits while striking out nine. Freeman couldn’t match the strikeout total — he finished with eight — but allowed only two hits.

The right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning that Agnes broke up when he beat out an infield grounder to the right side for a leadoff single.

He was stranded at second, as was Erik Aanderud after he led off the top of the seventh for Langdon with a double. Langdon also had runners on second and third, without benefit of a hit, in the first.

“Some nights you have it,” Freeman said. “I had it tonight. And the defense made great plays.

“I pitch to contact. I figured we’d need more than one run. That (Agnes) was one of the best pitchers we’ve faced.”

On Wednesday, however, it was Freeman with the upper hand. “That is, by far, Pat’s best game,” Ranum said. “Usually he’ll give up 3-4 runs. He is our big-game pitcher.”

DeVillers writes sports                  for the Grand Forks Herald