With the chance of rain looming all day, Wahpeton wasn’t even sure if they were going to get to play the first-round game of their home tournament on Friday, June 21. Mother Nature waited patiently and the first drop fell a few minutes after Post 20’s 8-0 win over Clark, South Dakota.
“I’m just glad we were able to play baseball today. When I got up this morning it looked like our 40 or 50 percent chances of rain were coming around four o’clock,” Wahpeton coach Kelly McNary said. “We’re very grateful we got our games in today.”
The second and final game of the tournament saw Wahp win on the mercy rule in five innings. Post 20 set the tone with seven combined runs in the second and third inning before scoring the walk-off run in the bottom of the fifth off a wild pitch.
The host team got most of their offensive production from the middle and bottom of the lineup. Zach Manock, Isaac Loosemore, Jonah Enochson and Tori Uhlich each scored a pair of runs in the win.
“We got some timely hits and took advantage of some mistakes they made,” McNary said. “It’s nice to get out of here a little early to save some pitching. It’s always nice to do that because arms can only handle so much.”
Enochson got the party started with a two-RBI single. Trenton Dufner, Loosemore, Uhlich and Sawyer Malme also drove in at least one run in the lopsided game while the dugout supported them with quotes from the movie “Shrek.”
“There was a lot of energy. Not only on the field but in the dugout as well,” McNary said. “It’s great to see the kids take advantage of the situation and we had some key hits. It seems like as of late a lot of times we’re leaving guys on base, but tonight we did a good job of pushing runs across.”
Uhlich pitched the entire game and was fanning batters left and right. He sent down nine batters on strikes and only allowed three runners to reach on hits or walks.
“Tori pitched very well for us tonight. He struggled a little out of the chute, but he made some adjustments and pitched well,” McNary said. “I think he walked one or two early and from that point on he had pretty good control and he started to get control of his curveball. That of course helped him pick up some strikeouts. That was a nice outing from him.”
Next up for Wahpeton is a 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 showdown with the Post 400 Comets out of Fargo. How they do in that game determines what place they’ll play for on Sunday, June 23.
“It’s nice to get a home win, a win in the tournament right away and right now it looks like we could be in the position to play the second or third game on Sunday,” McNary said. “We’ve still got some work to do, but it would be fun if we could get another one tomorrow.”
Jake Uhlich- 0-3 BB, 2 Ks
Trenton Dufner- 0-2 RBI
Dawson Hofman- 0-2 BB
Nick Bronson- 0-3
Zach Manock- 2-3 2 Rs
Isaac Loosemore- 1-3 2 RBIs, 2 Rs, K
Jonah Enochson- 2-3 2 RBIs, 2 Rs
Tori Uhlich- 1-1 2 BBs, 2 RBIs, 2 Rs
Sawyer Malme- 2-2 BB, RBI
Tori Uhlich- 5 IP, 1 H, 2 BBs, 9 Ks