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Legion baseball: LaMoure rallies late to beat Munich

BEULAH, N.D. -- The tables were turned on Munich. LaMoure scored four runs in the seventh inning here Thursday, rallying to defeat Munich 6-3 in the winners' bracket second round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament. Ju...

BEULAH, N.D. -- The tables were turned on Munich.

LaMoure scored four runs in the seventh inning here Thursday, rallying to defeat Munich 6-3 in the winners' bracket second round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament.

Just one day earlier, Munich scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on Blake Klein's walk-off home run to defeat the Mandan A's 6-5 in Wednesday's opening round.

"We had five errors," Munich coach Bryce Klein said of the loss to LaMoure. "That really hurt us. It's tough to lose a game like that, when you feel you should have won against a good pitcher, but you threw (the ball) away too many times."

LaMoure put together half of its six hits in the game in its final at-bat for the victory.

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Ben Holen started the rally with a one-out walk. Brett Hemple moved Holen to second on a single, then Ben Watkins tied the score when he singled to center to drive in Holen. After Gaige Dunn reached on a fielder's choice, Cole Gentzkow broke the tie with a two-out, two-run triple to right field. Gentzkow later scored on a wild pitch.

Munich had led from the first inning on. Munich scored twice in the first. Two walks and a Travis Beck infield single loaded the bases. Trevor Schommer was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run, then Brandon Hoffman made it 2-0 with a squeeze bunt to drive in a run.

Watkins, the winning pitcher, didn't allow another walk the rest of the way.

Munich made it 3-0 in the third when Blake Klein hit his 11th home run of the season, this one to right-center field and the deepest part of the park.

But LaMoure scored once in the fourth and fifth innings to set up its rally.

Munich had runners on second and third in the final inning, but couldn't rally again.

Watkins finished with 11 strikeouts while giving up five hits.

Beck recorded 13 strikeouts in taking the loss.

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"That was the best game Travis has pitched all year," Bryce Klein said. "He had good control and was around the plate the whole game. His curveball was really fooling them. He deserved to win it. But we hurt ourselves too much on defense."

Munich meets Enderlin at 5 p.m. today in a loser-out game in the double-elimination tournament.

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