FAIRMONT – After 36 points, 35 hits in total, 11 errors committed in almost 5 hours, Fairmont Post 36 and Jackson Post 130 shared an American Legion baseball double head on Thursday night at Herb Wolf Field.
With 9-5 heading into the final round of the opening match – the bottom of the fifth, Gavin Rodning’s base-loaded triple triggered a five-run outburst to rally Fairmont to a 10-9 victory.
Jackson then turned the switch in Game 2, plating six races at the top of the third before adding one on the fifth and two more on the sixth to stave off Fairmont’s late three-in-comeback in a seven-inning clash, 9 -8.
After 1-0 in Game 1, Fairmont collected a three-run bottom of the first round to take the lead in the back-and-forth competition.
Landen Meyerdirk went, Eli Anderson doubled and both runners scored on Zach Jorgensen’s two-run double. Jorgensen, who went 4-for-6 on the twin, later crossed the plate on Rodning’s RBI hit.
Bound to 4, Jorgensen then lost a triple at the bottom of the third and scored the clear signal on one of Rodning’s hits on the way to a match 1-best five RBI.
Jackson plated five in the top of the fourth, but Fairmont used his last games in the fifth to earn the final victory.
Jacob Crissinger, Jack Kosbab and Brendan Schmidtke pulled consecutive trips for Fairmont before Rodning hammered a three-run triple. Rodning later scored the binding run on Levi Pooley’s sacrificial fly.
Aden Welcome then reached an error, took second base at a wild pitch and scored the battle-winning race when Meyerdirk’s flyout was thrown on third when Welcome marked and advanced 90 feet.
Schmidtke struck one in a hitless, pointless and walkless inning of relief to equalize victory in Game 1.
Fairmont broke out in four races at the bottom of the second inning during the night cover only to see the Jackson rally for a 9-8 triumph.
Rodning and Lincoln Becker each went for Post 36 in the second half 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 match 2, then singled to extend the bat player before Jorgensen beat Pooley home for a 4-0 early lead.
Anderson and Jorgensen each went 2-for-4 in the nightgown with an RBI and one race scored each for Post 36, while Kosbab and Meyerdirk each contributed with RBI hits.
Anderson recorded eight strikes and two walks in four innings for relief for Fairmont in Game 2. The right-hander gave up three runs – just two earned – in just three hits.
Fairmont (2-2) is inactive Monday night before hosting Blue Earth / Winnebago in an 18-double double header next Thursday night at Herb Wolf Field.