Wahpeton ran into a strong LaMoure squad in their Wednesday, June 12 American Legion baseball game. LaMoure took the B Legion game 12-0 and followed it up with a 9-4 rout of the Post 20 varsity in the annual Boys State game at John Randall Field.
“It’s two American Legion events and it’s nice to see everything culminate that way. Those kids are here learning about government and the United States of America that way and we’re out here competing because veterans have done what they’ve done for us,” Wahpeton coach Kelly McNary said. “It’s a pretty awesome thing to see this brought together with all these kids brought together by the American Legion. Whether it’s baseball or a Boys State event. It’s fun and a really neat thing.”
The visitors jumped out with a pair of runs in the opening inning. Wahp trimmed the lead in the bottom of the first with Jake Uhlich scoring on a line drive from Nick Bronson. That was the closest Post 20 would get with LaMoure putting half a dozen runs on the board over the next two innings.
Bronson continued to be a line-drive machine with another RBI single to plate Dawson Hofman in the third. He had a third of the home team’s six hits on the evening.
“Nick is barreling up the ball really well and that’s kind of where we’re struggling as a team right now. We’re making contact all right, but our approaches could be a little bit better at times,” McNary said.
After four scoreless innings, Uhlich brought in the next Post 20 run with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the final inning. Isaac Loosmore followed it up by wearing a pitch in the next at-bat for the final score of the game.
“I’m confident in these kids and they’re great kids. I can see they’re gelling and liking to be around each other,” McNary said.
Next up for Wahpeton is their annual trip to Williston for a tournament. The tourney opens on Thursday, June 13 and wraps up Sunday, June 16.
“We’ve got a big event where we’re traveling and I think we’re going to build that much more camaraderie,” McNary said. “It’s tough to look at the record right now and say, ‘Oh, we’re 1-6,’ but we’re capable of being a quality team that can surprise some people. We’ve just got to be patient. Nobody’s giving up on anybody, that’s for sure.”