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Top-seeded Govs hold off Post 400

Jamestown Post 14 first baseman Cody Horn gets the putout on Grand Forks baserunner Cole Kirchoffner. Wednesday night’s game, scheduled for 8 p.m., did not start until about 9:15. Grand Forks led Jamestown 7-6 in the sixth inning at press time. John M. Steiner The Sun

A nine-run lead in the second inning put Bismarck on cruise control on Wednesday night.

Fargo Post 400 fought back and eventually cut the lead to two before the top-seeded Governors secured a 13-11 victory during Class AA state Legion tournament play at Jack Brown Stadium.

“We got up big in the second inning and then we just kinda fell asleep,” said Hunter Walsh, whose team plays West Fargo at 5 p.m. today. “It’s a credit to us that we could wake up, but we can’t keep doing this.”

Walsh finished 4-for-5 with four runs batted in. He had an RBI single in the seventh inning and a two-run single in the eighth with the latter proving to be the game-winning runs.

“I was just seeing the ball well,” Walsh said. “Just letting the ball come to me and guessing right.”

Two early errors led to nine runs in one inning, but two-run singles from Trent Bohan and Jared Spooner certainly helped.

“They hit the ball really well and came up big in situations when they needed to,” Post 400 coach Matt Peck said.

But Post 400 didn’t stay down, chipping away slowly before a five-run sixth inning put it within striking distance. Austin Engel, who finished 4-for-5, keyed the outburst with a two-RBI triple.

Post 400 (6-24) scored three more in the top of the ninth, as Zander Langevin hit a two-run homer and Dave Mehlhoff scored on an error.

But Bismarck (36-8) went to Dalton Feeney, and he closed out the game for the save. Nate Dinga pitched into the sixth for the win.

“That’s the kind of game I wanna see (us) play,” Peck said. “It was a battle to the end. We didn’t ever get our heads down too far. One inning just got away from us.”

Post 400’s Kaden Steiner suffered the loss, pitching through the second and all the way into the eighth. It plays Friday morning in loser-out action.

Bismarck 13, Fargo Post 400 11

Post 400  001 015 103 — 11 14 2

Bismarck  090 000 130 — 13 16 4

Kaden Steiner, Conner Ryan (8) and Dave Mehlhoff. Nate Dinga, Trent Bohan (6), Dalton Feeney (9) and Quinn Irey. W—Dinga. L—Steiner. Save—Feeney.

HR: F, Zander Langevin.

Highlights: F, Austin Engel 4-5, 2 R, triple, 2 RBIs, Kyle Glander 3-5, RBI, Langevin 2-4, walk, 3 RBIs. B, Hunter Walsh 4-for-5, 4 RBIs, R, Jared Spooner 1-2, double, 3 walks, 2 RBIs, Quinn Irey 2-5, double, 2 R, 2 RBIs.

Records: Fargo Post 400 6-24, Bismarck 36-8.

Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or