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West Fargo 12-year-old off to hot start

The squad sprung out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-1 victory over Fergus Falls in Game 1, thanks to Andy Young and Jordan Rheault's combination on the mound for eight strikeouts. Landon Uetz led the offense, scoring two runs, and the Packer defense gave up just two hits and an error in the win.

In Game 2, West Fargo outslugged Moorhead 9-3, using a four-run first inning to take a lead it would never relinquish. Moorhead scored three times in the bottom of the first, but Chance Bitzer and Jordan Rheault settled down at the end to shutout the team from the east.

Game 3 put West Fargo up against Fargo North's squad, and West Fargo used a five-run fifth inning, keyed by Brock Evenson's three-run homer, to put away the north-siders. Zach Steckler and Ben Huber each had three hits, and Steckler pitched his way to the win despite giving up 11 hits.

In the championship, West Fargo scored in each of the first three innings to out-duel Baxter, Minn., the team that defeated them at the Midwest Plains Championship a year ago, to earn the title. Tanner Dahl pitched a gem, giving up just three hits, one run, and striking out 10 in the win.

Coach Todd Rheault said the squad is now 13-3 on the season, and has placed second in two other tournaments, including the Gopher Spring Training Series in the Twin Cities and at the Siouxland Stars Classic in Sioux City, Iowa.

The team will participate in the God Bless America Tourney in Fargo later this month.