Breckenridge extended their win streak to four games with a 10-0 win in five innings against the Fargo Bombers in their tournament in Wahpeton. Not only was it the third shutout by Post 53 on the year, they didn’t give up a hit in the Friday, June 21 rout.
“We’ve been playing pretty darn good after that first game of the season,” Breckenridge coach Kevin Hiedeman said. “We put a ton of pressure on them. We bunted well, ran the bases well, pitched well and played great defense.”
After a pair of scoreless innings, Breck put two on the board in the third. Brayden Wahl plated Hayden Schuler for the first run with an infield single. It was the only hit of the night for Wahl who walked in his three other plate appearances. A dropped third strike allowed Hunter Feigum to score the final run of the inning. Feigum, who reached on a bunt single, was one of several Breck players swiping bags at will.
“We ran the bases like mad men,” Hiedeman said. “I don’t know how many bases we stole today, but almost every guy that got on had one or two.”
Mitch Porter started on the hill, striking out five batters and walking one. More impressive than his pitching dominance was his three-run double to break the game open in the fourth.
“He was due, because Mitch is one of our better hitters and in his first two at-bats he struck out. I looked at him and said, ‘Mitch, hit one,’ and he said, ‘OK,’ then he did,” Hiedeman said with a laugh. “That was clutch, because that allowed us to bring Jake (Wendorff) in.”
Wendorff pitched the last two innings to complete the no-hitter. Feigum and Schuler also had a hand in the no-no, coming up with huge plays in the field. Feigum made a tough backhanded snag at short to get a runner at first and Schuler used his wheels in left field to make a tough grab on the run.
Breck kept their foot on the gas to get as many runs as they could to ensure a shortened game.
“I don’t like running the score up, but in tournaments like this that’s why you do it,” Hiedeman said. “We didn’t burn anybody. We have virtually all our pitching coming back between tomorrow and Sunday. Now we’ve got to stay healthy and figure out how to keep doing it.”
Post 53 (4-1) takes on Dodge Center, Minnesota, at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22. How they do in that game will determine which place they’ll play for on Sunday, June 23.
Hunter Feigum- 2-4 2 Rs, 2 SBs, K
Jeremy Stack- 0-2 BB, RBI, 2 Rs, SB, K
Brayden Wahl- 1-1 3 BBs, RBI, R
Mitch Porter- 1-3 4 RBIs, 2 Ks
Jack Aigner- 0-2 BB, 2 Ks
Tommy Hiedeman- 1-3 R
Tyson Piechowski- 1-2 BB, R
Max Johnson- 1-2 R
Hayden Schuler- 1-2 BB, 2 Rs, 2 SBs
Emmit Vig- 0-0 SB
Mitch Porter- 3 IP, BB, 5 Ks
Jake Wendorff- 2 IP, K