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Fairmont sweeps Truman, 12-1, 4-0

SLIDING IN — Fairmont baserunner Zach Jorgensen (21) slides into home plate as the throw from the outfield flies over Truman catcher Mitch Prafke (back) during senior league baseball action Monday in Truman. Fairmont went on to win both games of the doubleheader, 12-1 and 4-0. (Photo by Kyle McAreavy)

TRUMAN – Fairmont’s stellar pitching led the way to a twinbill sweep of Truman Monday in Truman.

Fairmont took a 12-1 run-rule shortened, six-inning Game 1, then shutout Truman for a 4-0 Game 2 win.

Zach Jorgensen started on the mound in Game 1, pitching through the first four innings and holding Truman scoreless.

Truman seemed to get to Jorgensen in the first inning.

Kaiden Musser singled, then was caught stealing. Mitch Prafke was hit by a pitch and Owen Wolter walked to get Truman’s first three batters on base.

Jorgensen then forced a flyout and groundout to get out of the inning before allowing only three baserunners in the next two innings.

He struck out three batters out of five he faced in the fourth for his final inning.

Joey Flohrs came on for the final two innings, allowing one run on three hits.

Musser singled, Prafke was hit by another pitch and Wolter lined a single off Flohrs’ arm to score Truman’s lone run. Flohrs was fine and stayed in the game, striking out the next batter and forcing a double play to get out of the inning.

Flohrs then struck out the side to finish the six-inning matchup.

“I think it started with confidence,” Fairmont coach Matt Lytle said of his team’s pitching success. “We were confident up on the mound, everybody had fastballs and curveballs working really well and we had a good battery with the catchers. Everything was working.”

Fairmont’s bats got working as well in the second inning.

Dalen Keltgen and Zach Soelter led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Keltgen was replaced on the base paths after a fielder’s choice, then Jack Hested was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Flohrs then took a two-strike offering back up the middle for two RBIs.

Carter Bell followed with a bloop a single into short left field to load the bases for Eli Anderson.

Anderson grounded out, allowing Hested to score for an RBI and giving Fairmont an early 3-0 lead.

Fairmont added two more runs in the third when Jorgensen reached base on an error, stole second and scored on a Soelter single to left.

Soelter was able to go all the way to third on the throw to the plate, then scored on a wild pitch.

Fairmont added another run in the fourth.

Bell led off with a walk, then Anderson sent a line drive to left-center field and Bell made the 270-foot sprint from first to home, sliding in just ahead of a diving Prafke at the plate.

Two more Fairmont runners crossed the plate in the fifth.

Blake Buntjer led the inning off with a triple, sending a line drive to right-center field. Hested followed with an RBI single to short center field, then Hested reached second on a wild pitch.

Flohrs swapped places with Hested, sending a double to the left-center field gap for an RBI.

Fairmont’s final four runs came in the top of the sixth.

Cale Steuber led off with a single to right, then Keltgen did the same.

Soelter walked to load the bases, then Buntjer singled to left for an RBI, Hested singled to right for an RBI and Flohrs reached on an error, allowing Soelter to score. The final run came when Bell grounded out for an RBI.

Keltgen had two singles and a walk, while Soelter had a single, two walks and an RBI.

Buntjer had a triple, a single, an RBI and two runs scored, while Hested had two singles, two RBIs, reached base two more times on a walk and hit by pitch and scored two runs.

Flohrs had a double, a single and three RBIs, while Anderson doubled and had two RBIs.

Musser led the way for Truman with two singles, while Prafke reached base all three times he came to the plate, walking once and getting hit by two pitches.

Wolter walked and had a single for Truman’s loan RBI.

Paxton Gravlin added two hits to the Truman offense.

Cayden Fischer started on the mound for Truman, pitching 3 1/3 innings and allowing six runs on four hits and four walks.

Wolter came on for the next 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and one walk.

Ross Balcom got the final out for Truman.

“I thought everybody came ready to play, everybody came ready to hit,” Lytle said. “This was a little different from our other games. Everybody was ready to go.”

Dan Brummond started Game 2 on the mound for Fairmont and pitched a five-inning complete-game shutout.

Brummond struck out eight, while allowing only two hits and one walk.

Fairmont’s bats started early again, scoring twice in the first inning and twice in the third to build the 4-0 victory.

Anderson led off with a walk, then came all the way around to score when Jake Johnson sent a lined shot down the right-field line for a triple.

Johnson scored an a Jorgensen groundout for Fairmont’s second run.

Anderson also led off the third, this time singling to right-center field before Johnson dropped a single into short left.

Jorgensen singled to right, scoring Anderson and putting Jorgensen and Johnson on second and third, respectively, after the throw home.

Johnson scored on a wild pitch for Fairmont’s final run.

Logan Anderson started on the mound for Truman, pitching three innings and allowing four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five.

Musser pitched the final inning for Truman, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Fairmont (4-2) plays host to Windom for doubleheader action at 6 p.m. Thursday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont.

Game 1

FMT 032 124 — 12 12 0

TRU 000 010 — 1 6 3

Zach Jorgensen (WP), Joey Flohrs (5) and Eli Anderson.

Cayden Fischer (LP), Owen Wolter (4), Ross Balcom (6) and Mitch Prafke.

LOB–Fairmont 8, Truman 9. 2B–Eli Anderson (FMT), Joey Flohrs (FMT). 3B–Blake Buntjer (FMT).

Game 2

TRU 000 00 — 0 2 0

FMT 202 0x — 4 7 3

Logan Anderson (LP), Kaiden Musser (4) and Mitch Prafke.

Dan Brummond (WP) and Blake Buntjer.

LOB–Truman 2, Fairmont 6. 2B–Dalen Keltgen (FMT). 3B–Jake Johnson (FMT).

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