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Mixed bag for Patriots in Omaha tournament

The West Fargo Patriots had a roller coaster weekend in Nebraska, winning two games but losing three in the Battle of Omaha American Legion tournament.

The tournament started with an extra-inning 4-3 loss against West Monroe, La., on Thursday night, in which the Pats gave up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Pats followed that performance up with a 7-2 loss against Lincoln Pius (Neb.) on Friday afternoon before beating the team from Branson, Mo., 8-3 that evening.

Saturday's game brought more ups and downs for the team, as they were shut out by Omaha Central 4-0 before shutting out Easton, Texas, 8-0 to finish the tournament on a high note.

The team was paced by shortstop Andy Young, who hit a home run in three different games, doubling his season total so far. His homers came against Lincoln Pius, Branson and Easton.

The Pats also got a strong outing from pitcher Landon Uetz on Friday, throwing a four-hit complete game and getting three hits of his own in the victory against Branson.

Devin Wagenman picked up the team's other win on the mound, giving up just three hits to Easton.

While not perfectly replicating the success of last season, the defending state champions are currently 12-5 in the regular season with exactly one month remaining.

They are now gearing up for one of their busiest weeks of the summer. They head to St. Cloud, Minn., today to face Waite Park in a doubleheader.

On Friday, the team will face Fridley Gold in the first game of tournament in Moorhead, in which they will also face East Ridge, Minn., Giant Valley, Minn., the Tri-City red team and the Moorhead Blues over the weekend.

They will then get a one day rest before facing the always dangerous Fargo Post 2 team, currently 13-6 on the season, in a home doubleheader on Tuesday.