ENDERLIN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) –
In the third game of the day, LaMoure advanced to the winner’s championship game after a 7-1 win over Lidgerwood/Hankinson. The story of the day for LaMoure was the fantastic performance from starting pitcher Landon Piehl who pitched six-and-one-thirds innings and gave just one hit, no earned runs and two walks while striking out ten batters. As for LaMoure’s bats, shortstop Corban Potts went deep to left-centerfield for a solo home run in the third inning. They were able to break the game open in the bottom of the fourth when LaMoure scored five runs with a ground-rule two-RBI double from Potts and a two-RBI single from Piehl. First baseman Mac Bierman had a multi-hit day going 2-4 and right-fielder Cyle Warcken did as well finishing 2-3. Piehl finished the day 2-4 with two RBI, a double and a run. Potts also was 2-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs. LaMoure will take on Oakes at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night.
Oakes’ offense came through with ten more runs, matching their quarterfinal total, thanks to two home runs from starting catcher Joey Heim. Heim’s stellar performance amounted to a 3-4 day with five RBI including two two-run bombs to left-centerfield to put the game out of reach. Brady McKenna got the start on the mound for Oakes and he came up big. He went six-and-two-thirds innings and struck out five while not allowing a single walk. McKenna surrendered four runs (three earned) with three of them coming with two outs in the sixth inning. Second baseman Conor Schall went 2-5 with an incredible relay throw to gun down opposing starting pitcher Cam Opp. Shortstop Garrett Meehl also had a multi-hit day going 2-4 with two runs and an RBI. Designated hitter Bryley Haberman went 2-4 with two singles. The win gives them another chance at LaMoure who has beaten twice in the regular season. Their third meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening.