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LaMoure-Litchville-Marion avenges last year's Class B baseball state title game with win over Langdon-EM

Landon Piehl notched a complete-game shutout on the mound

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FARGO — LaMoure-Litchville-Marion got its revenge.

Strong pitching and defense lifted Lamoure-Litchville-Marion to a 3-0 win over Langdon-Edmore-Munich on Friday in the North Dakota Class B state baseball semifinals at Newman Outdoor Field.

The win avenges last season’s title game, where L-E-M downed the Loboes 9-1.

L-L-M wasn't stacking up hits, but Loboes senior pitcher Landon Piehl kept L-E-M in check.

Piehl ended up throwing a complete seven-inning game for the win, striking out nine and giving up only two hits.

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Piehl said his success on the mound is accredited to having confidence from the support of his defense.

“I did it for my teammates, I know that after every pitch I throw, they’re going to make a big play behind me,” Piehl said. “I just know I have to throw strikes.”

Piehl allowed only one walk over 93 pitches.

The Loboes started the scoring with a pair of runs in the second inning. Piehl knocked a base hit up the middle to lead off the inning. After a Cardinals error and wild pitch, Piehl and Anthony Hanson each scored on consecutive groundout plays to put the Loboes ahead 2-0.

In the sixth, the Loboes’ Dylan Carlson got hit by a pitch and capitalized on a crucial Langdon error. He came across home for the final run of the game to make it 3-0.

L-L-M head coach Derold Haugen said he was pleased with the all-around performance by his team.

“I thought we played well in all areas,” Haugen said. “We had excellent pitching, good defense, and we hit the ball hard. They just made plays.”

“We got a couple breaks on some slow rollers that we got runs in, and that kind of put the pressure on (the Cardinals). But they’re a good team.”

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L-E-M had two hits in the game from Theodore Romfo and Gage Goodman. Jack Romfo had a solid performance on the mound. Jack Romfo went the distance, giving up three unearned runs, four hits, striking out three batters and walking one.

The Loboes will take on Thompson in the championship game at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Newman Outdoor Field.

Haugen said his team has been waiting for this moment all season.

“This is what we were looking at all along,” Haugen said. “We got second last year, and we wanted to be in that championship game, and we wanted to win it. We are just going to have to play our game with good pitching, good defense, and hopefully we find the open areas on hits.”

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