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LaMoure, Nelson County come up short

LANGDON, N.D. — Jon Skjervheim was ready to pull up at third base and wait for the next batter. Instead, Skjervheim wound up scoring the run that has Langdon waiting for the next round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament.

Skjervheim scored the game-winner on a throwing error here Friday as Langdon edged LaMoure 3-2 in 10 innings in the loser-out round.

“I was a lot surprised to be going home,” Skjervheim said. “I figured I was stopping at third. But I rounded third, then I saw the ball go over (the LaMoure first baseman’s) head. I just kept running.”

Kalton Agnes and Skjervheim opened the bottom of the 10th with back-to-back singles to right field. An unintentional walk to Dalton Fetsch with nobody out loaded the bases.

With LaMoure going to a five-player infield, Kade Pengilly grounded to pitcher Jared Meiklejohn, who went home to force Agnes and prevent the winning run.

But catcher Brady Warcken, attempting to double up Pengilly, made a throwing error that allowed Skjervheim to score.

“We got the play we’d hoped for,” LaMoure coach J.R. Thielges said. “We cut them off at the plate, but we couldn’t make the throw.”

“But I’m not hanging the game on that one throw. We had to do a better job at the plate. Tip your hat to their starter (Agnes), and (Skjervheim) came in and threw strikes.”

Langdon scored an unearned run in the first inning. After LaMoure went ahead with two in the third, Langdon tied the score 2-2 in the fifth when Jace Ramberg singled to left, advanced to third on an error and scored on a Skjervheim sacrifce fly.

Enderlin 5, Nelson County 2

Wyatt Aberle snapped his hitting slump in a big way here Friday.

The lead-off hitter’s 3-run home run sparked a late rally as Enderlin beat Nelson County 5-2 in the loser-out round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament.

“It’s about time,” said Aberle, a former Class B state wrestling champion. “I’ve been struggling all tournament. I was getting frustrated with myself.”

With Peter Lindgren on base on a fielder’s choice and Casey Langland on via a walk in the fifth, Aberle lifted a two-out high fly ball over the left-field fence for his second hit of the state tournament and second home run of the season. That erased a 2-0 Nelson County lead.

The outburst came after Nelson County right-hander Tyler Gravseth had held Enderlin hitless through four innings.

“Tyler threw well,” said Nelson County coach Brent Luehring, who doesn’t have a player in his final season of eligibility on his roster. “They were taking a lot of pitches early. It seemed like they came out more aggressive in the fifth inning. They picked up some momentum.”

Nelson County had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a walk, single sacrifice fly and error. The Owls had at least one baserunner in every inning, two of whom were thrown out on stolen-base attempts by catcher Grant Lindemann.

“We couldn’t get the big clutch hit like we did yesterday (a 12-2 win against Renville County) and in the section tournament,” Luehring said.

Boxscores of both games can be found on page B3.

Loser out

Langdon 3, LaMoure 2, 10 Innings

LaMoure 002 000 000 0 — 2 2 4

Langdon 100 010 000 1 — 3 9 2

10 innings

WP—Jon Skjervheim; LP—Jared Meiklejohn

Highlights: LaMoure, Anthony Olson 1-3, 1 RBI, Meiklejohn 1-4; Lang: Skjervheim 1-3, 1 RBI, game-winning run, Kalton Agnes 2-5, Dalton Fetsch 2-4, 2B, Kade Pengilly 1-5, 3B, Agnes 9 K in 6 IP.

Enderlin 5, Nelson County 2

Nelson County 000 200 0 — 2 8 2

Enderlin 000 041 x — 5 5 2

WP—Wyatt Aberle; LP—Tyler Gravseth

Highlights: Nelson County, Dakota Hoyt 3-3, Gravseth 2-3; E: Aberle 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, Daniel Lindgren 1-3, 2B, 1R, 1 RBI, Spencer Gillund 1-2, 2B, 1 RBI, Dalton Anderson 2-3.