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Fairmont downs MCW, 9-2, 1-0

CLOSE PLAY — Martin County West Senior League batter Christian Bachenberg (15) tries to leg out an infield ground ball. Fairmont pitcher Zach Jorgensen (21) fielded the ball and watches his throw to first baseman Jack Hested (middle). (Photo by Kyle McAreavy)

WELCOME — Fairmont pitched its way to its seventh and eighth consecutive wins during senior league baseball action Tuesday in Welcome.

Fairmont beat Martin County West, 9-2 and 1-0 in one seven-inning game and a three-inning game shortened by darkness.

Fairmont starting pitcher Zach Jorgensen shut down MCW in Game 1.

He got some help from Fairmont’s offense in the first inning.

Zach Soelter got the top of the first started with a single lined down the left field line, then Jorgensen helped his own cause with a single through the left side of the infield.

Dalen Keltgen then reached base on an error to load the bases, then Cale Steuber took a walk for an RBI, scoring Soelter.

Fairmont added another run in the second when Eli Anderson reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second then scored on a Jorgensen single through the middle of the infield.

Jorgensen batted in more runs than he gave up in the first three innings, working through MCW’s lineup quickly and facing only one more than the minimun nine batters through three.

MCW broke through for its first run in the fourth.

Wyatt Geistfeld set the inning up with a deep double, reaching the wall in center field, then Zach Anderson dropped a swinging bunt with two outs and beat the throw to first, allowing Geistfeld to score.

It was the lone run Jorgensen allowed in his five innings, while giving up only two hits and two walks and striking out eight.

Joey Flohrs pitched the final two innings for Fairmont, allowing one run on two hits and striking out four.

Kain Sanders got MCW’s bats going in the bottom of the sixth, with a single to right, then moved to second on a passed ball.

He came around to score when Jaxson Rohman sent a line drive down the left-field line for a triple.

Fairmont added two runs in the top of the fifth when Keltgen was hit by a pitch and Steuber walked. The two ended up on second and third for Jack Hested, who hit a pop fly into foul ground behind first base.

The ball was caught and Keltgen sprinted for home, leading to an errant throw, which then allowed Steuber to score.

Fairmont added three more runs in the sixth on two walks, two errors and a Jorgensen triple. It then scored twice more in the seventh after Flohrs and Carter Bell both walked to start the inning. Before Bell’s walk, Flohrs took second on a wild pitch, then the pair stole second and third on a double steal.

Flohrs then scored on a wild pitch before Bell scored on a Soelter single.

Soelter had two singles and reached on both an error and a hit by pitch, while Jorgensen singled twice and tripled for three RBIs.

Blake Jagodzinske started on the mound for MCW, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out two through 4 1/3 innings. Andrew Lawrence pitched the next inning for MCW, allowing three runs on one hit. Lucas Jagodzinske pitched the final 1 2/3, allowing three runs on one hit and three walks, while striking out one.

“Everybody did really well, everybody played the field well and hit well and our pitchers were in the zone,” Fairmont coach Matt Lytle said of his team’s performance Monday. “As the season goes on, everybody gets a little more confident and we’re hitting the ball. I think we’re all ready for the playoffs.”

In Game 2, Fairmont scored the lone run in the top of the first when Keltgen walked and moved all the way to third on two wild pitches. Flohrs then walked to put runners on first and second before Fairmont pulled off a delayed-double steal to score Keltgen.

Fairmont scored three runs in the top of the fourth, but the inning was ended midway through because of darkness, reverting the score to the end of the third inning.

Flohrs pitched the first inning for Fairmont, allowing one walk and striking out two. Dan Brummond pitched the final two innings for Fairmont, striking out five and allowing only one baserunner on a dropped third strike. Kain Sanders was MCW’s only other baserunner, walking in the first. Fairmont had two walks and no hits in the three official innings.

Nick Rathman pitched all three innings for MCW, allowing one run on no hits and striking out six.

Fairmont (8-2) has one doubleheader left, hosting Jackson at 6 p.m. Monday, before starting the senior league playoffs.

Game 1

FMT 110 023 2 — 9 8 0

MCW 000 101 0 – 2 4 3

Zach Jorgensen (WP), Joey Flohrs (6) and Eli Anderson.

Blake Jagodzinske (LP), Andrew Lawrence (5), Lucas Jagodzinske (6) and Donovan Swanson.

LOB–FMT 11, MCW 4. 2B–Wyatt Geistfeld (MCW). 3B–Zach Jorgensen (FMT), Jaxson Rohman (MCW). SF–Jack Hested (FMT).

Game 2

FMT 100 — 1 0 1

MCW 000 – 0 0 0

Flohrs (WP), Dan Brummond (2) and Blake Buntjer.

Nick Rathman (LP) and Kain Sanders.

LOB–FMT 1, MCW 2.

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