Minnetonka, MN - The Gopher Classic began the final day began with 4 teams remaining from the field of 96. The West Fargo Patriots and Forest Lake opened in the first of two semi-final games that . Pitcher Parker Borg delivered a three
hit gem on the mound for West Fargo to help lead his team to a 6-0 win at Veteran’s Field in Minnetonka.
A trio of Forest Lake errors led to 5 unearned West Fargo runs. The Patriots sprinted out to a crisp 3-0 lead in the top half of the first by taking advantage of a pair of fielding miscues by Forest Lake. A hit and run executed by Tyler Fritz setup the outburst fueled by Hunter Ulmer’s sacrifice fly and Andrew Enno’s double to left field.
Forest Lake loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half of the second on one hit, but a fly ball to short center field and ground ball to the Patriot’s third baseman ended the inning. The only major threat produced by Forest Lake occurred in the bottom half of the seventh inning only to have Borg shut them down.
The fourth inning yielded another 3 spot for the Patriots. It started with Jake Faireloth being hit by a pitch. A bunt by Tanner Peterson turned into a two base error that scored Faireloth. After singling Enno singled and scored on a double by Drake Flesche.
Fargo West pitcher Parker Borg worked 7 complete innings allowing just three hits, no runs, and struck out 4 . The Patriots were led offensively by Enno and Flesche who each delivered a pair of hits in the effort.
Forest Lake pitcher Jackson Schneider worked 6 ⅔ innings on the mound allowing just one earned run while striking out four West Fargo batters.
West Fargo entered the game having won the Anoka site pool with a 5-0 record and improved to 8-0 for the tournament with the semi-final round win today. Wins over Sartell (10-4), Anoka (5-4), Moorhead Blues (4-0), Omaha Millard West (8-4), and Hibbing (7-6). Wins over Chaska (17-11) and Minneapolis Southwest (12-2) have paved the way for a championship game with the winner of Creighton Prep and Wayzata.