LEGION BASEBALL: Langdon edges LaMoure 3-2
LANGDON, N.D. — Jon Skjervheim was ready to pull up at third base and wait for the next batter. Instead, Skjervheim wound up scoring the run that has Langdon waiting for the next round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament.
Skjervheim scored the game-winner on a throwing error Friday as Langdon edged LaMoure 3-2 in 10 innings in the loser-out round.
“I was a lot surprised to be going home,” Skjervheim said. “I figured I was stopping at third. But I rounded third, then I saw the ball go over (the LaMoure first baseman’s) head. I just kept running.”
Kalton Agnes and Skjervheim opened the bottom of the 10th with back-to-back singles to right field. An unintentional walk to Dalton Fetsch with nobody out loaded the bases.
With LaMoure going to a five-player infield, Kade Pengilly grounded to pitcher Jared Meiklejohn, who went home to force Agnes and prevent the winning run. But catcher Brady Warcken, attempting to double up Pengilly, made a throwing error that allowed Skjervheim to score.
“We got the play we’d hoped for,” LaMoure coach J.R. Thielges said. “We cut them off at the plate, but we couldn’t make the throw.
“But I’m not hanging the game on that one throw. We had to do a better job at the plate. Tip your hat to their starter (Agnes), and (Skjervheim) came in and threw strikes.”
Agnes, who threw six innings in a 1-0 loss to Carrington in Wednesday’s first round, came back on one day’s rest and threw the first six innings. The left-hander allowed only two hits and two runs, both unearned in the third, while striking out nine.
Rules allow pitchers only 12 innings in three days in tournaments. So Skjervheim relieved and threw four hitless innings to get the win. The right-hander retired the final 11 batters he faced, striking out four
“Kalton’s performance was massive for us,” Langdon coach Dylan Crockett said. “He has a rubber-band arm. He easily could have thrown more. The first thing he said after the game was, ‘I’m ready to throw tomorrow.’
“And Jon had a heckuva game. He’s thrown a lot for us, but this was his best game, by far. He was hitting his spots and had their guys guessing.”
Langdon scored an unearned run in the first inning. After LaMoure went ahead with two in the third, Langdon tied the score 2-2 in the fifth when Jace Ramberg singled to left, advanced to third on an error and scored on a Skjervheim sacrifice fly.