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Fairmont Post 36 halves baseball doubleheader

FAIRMONT — After 36 runs scored, 35 hits collected, 11 errors committed over the course of nearly 5 hours, Fairmont Post 36 and Jackson Post 130 split an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Thursday night at Herb Wolf Field.

Trailing 9-5 heading into the opening game’s final inning — the bottom of the fifth, Gavin Rodning’s bases-loaded triple triggered a five-run outburst to rally Fairmont to a 10-9 victory.

Jackson then flipped the switch in Game 2, plating six runs in the top of the third before adding one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to fend off Fairmont’s late three-inning comeback in a seven-inning clash, 9-8.

Trailing 1-0 in Game 1, Fairmont assembled a three-run bottom of the first inning to grab a lead in the back-and-forth contest.

Landen Meyerdirk walked, Eli Anderson doubled and both runners scored on Zach Jorgensen’s two-run double. Jorgensen, who went 4-for-6 on the twinbill, later crossed the plate on Rodning’s RBI infield hit.

Tied at 4, Jorgensen then drilled a triple in the bottom of the third and scored the go-ahead run on one more of Rodning’s hits en route to a Game 1-best five RBIs.

Jackson plated five in the top of the fourth, but Fairmont utilized its final at-bat in the fifth to earn the walk-off win.

Jacob Crissinger, Jack Kosbab and Brendan Schmidtke drew consecutive walks for Fairmont before Rodning hammered a three-run triple. Rodning later scored the tying run on Levi Pooley’s sacrifice fly.

Aden Welcome then reached on an error, took second base on a wild pitch and scored the game-winning run when Meyerdirk’s flyout was thrown away at third when Welcome tagged and advanced 90 feet.

Schmidtke struck out one in one hitless, scoreless and walkless inning of relief to net the Game 1 win.

Fairmont then erupted for four runs in the bottom of the second inning during the nightcap only to watch Jackson rally for the 9-8 triumph.

Rodning and Lincoln Becker each walked for Post 36 in the second inning before Rodning scored on Schmidtke’s RBI single. Becker and Schmidtke then circled the bases on Pooley’s two-run double.

Welcome, who went 2-for-3 in Game 2, then singled to extend the at-bat before Jorgensen singled home Pooley for a 4-0 early lead.

Anderson and Jorgensen each went 2-for-4 in the nightcap with one RBI and one run scored each for Post 36, while Kosbab and Meyerdirk each contributed RBI hits.

Anderson recorded eight strikeouts and two walks in four innings of relief for Fairmont in Game 2. The right-hander gave up three runs — only two earned — on just three hits.

Fairmont (2-2) is idle Monday night before playing host to Blue Earth/Winnebago in a 6 p.m. doubleheader next Thursday night at Herb Wolf Field.

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