Coby Tweten was hoping for a run when the ball went off his bat.
Instead, the fly ball was good for the tying and winning runs as the Grand Forks Royals earned an American Legion baseball doubleheader split Wednesday against visiting Fargo Post No. 2.
Fargo won the open 3-0 behind the pitching of Taylor Parrett. The Royals came back with a 3-2 win in the second game.
In the second game, Fargo broke a 1-1 tie when Parrett pulled a home run down the left-field line in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, however, Brenden Bethke reached base on an error leading off and Parker Stroh doubled. Joey Grabanski was intentionally walked, loading the bases for Tweten.
Tweten hit a high fly ball to deep left-center field that dropped between two Fargo outfielders for a two-run single and a 3-2 lead.
"I thought it was a sacrifice fly that would get in a run,'' Tweten said. "It was deep enough. But I'll take the hit and two runs.''
The loss was the first in Class AA state standings for Fargo and only the third in 33 games this season for Post 2.
"It's only one game, but we needed that win to get us going,'' Tweten said. "I never doubted our team's confidence. But I think it will give us a boost.''
The two low-scoring games were atypical for Fargo. "In 17 of those 30 wins, we've scored in double figures,'' said Post 2 coach Luke Rustad, whose roster includes five players who were on college rosters this spring. "We didn't didn't hit the ball well tonight.''
Fargo took a quick lead in both games. In the opener, leadoff hitter Zachary Kluvers walked, advanced to third on a single and scored when Grand Forks turned a double play. Brandt Kolpack singled home runs in the third and fifth innings.
Kluvers had a leadoff home run in the second game. Grand Forks pulled even in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Joey Grabanski. Tweten's double gave the win to Brody Sorenson, who allowed nine hits while striking out five and walking one.
"Brody pitched a great game,'' Royals coach Nick Chine said. "When you limit the number of people reaching base without hitting the ball, the chances for success go up. Our pitchers have kept us in games. But we have to score some runs. We hit well enough to get a win.
"We needed that. They've won a lot of games. To win, to compete well, gets us some momentum going.''
Parrett tossed a four-hit shutout for Fargo in the opener. "Taylor pitched great,'' Rustad said. "He was efficient and we made plays behind him.''
Grand Forks improved to 13-11 overall and 5-5 in state standings.