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West Fargo first baseman Luke Johnson zeros in on a fly ball against Tri-City last Saturday during play in a Fargo-Moorhead Invitational baseball tournament game at Matson Field in Moorhead. David Samson / Forum News Service
West Fargo first baseman Luke Johnson zeros in on a fly ball against Tri-City last Saturday during play in a Fargo-Moorhead Invitational baseball tournament game at Matson Field in Moorhead. David Samson / Forum News Service

Patriots tops Blues

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The Patriots had an up-and-down weekend, but ended on a high note in the Fargo-Moorhead Invitational tournament.

After splitting their games on both Friday and Saturday, the Pats wrapped up the tournament with a 6-3 victory over the Moorhead Blues on Sunday afternoon.

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"Our hitting was really on top today," left fielder Matt Barclay said. "Everyone was really seeing the pitcher and getting on base."

The team held a 6-1 lead into the seventh inning, thanks to a strong outing on the mound from Noah Paper but allowed a small, late rally in last half inning.

With the bases loaded, the outcome of game came down to one pitch that was hit deep, but was caught on the warning track by Barclay to preserve the Patriot lead.

"I really thought it was gone," head coach Bill Ibach said. "That's the danger of putting guys on base, but the wind was in our favor."

In other action, the team swept Waite Park in their Wednesday doubleheader. Andy Young drove the team in the first game, batting in two runs in the seventh inning and allowing just two runs on the mound in the team's 4-2 victory.

The Pats decimated Waite Park in the second game, as Devin Wagenman and Camran Bonnema each had three hits in a five-inning, 17-3 victory.

The Patriots will play host to the Blues in a rematch on Sunday at Elmwood Park 7 p.m. They will then head to Jack Williams Stadium on Tuesday to face Fargo Post 2.

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