The Fergus Falls 10U Vipers participated in the Cal Ripken Minnesota State Tournament held at Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park and played well but lost game one 3-0 and game two 7-0. The young Vipers pitched well and played very good defense again but were overmatched at the plate, getting only one hit in game one and three hits in game two.
In game one, Levi King started the game at pitcher and pitched three solid innings, striking out four and allowing two runs. King started the fourth inning but gave up two solid hits and was relieved by Isaac Ellison. Ellison did a great job of picking up King as he set the next three batters down in order to keep the game close. Isaac pitched into the sixth before running out of gas and allowing a run. Carston Fronning came into a sixth inning jam and relieved Ellison, with two outs in the sixth, and got the third out on three pitches.
Trailing 1-0, the Vipers did load the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the third on consecutive walks to Cam Wiederich, Alex Ellison, and Carston Fronning. Henry Bethel hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop who came home for the force for the first out. King hit a fly ball to center but the Vipers failed to tag and didn’t take advantage of that opportunity for the second out. Tyler Stensgard hit a rocket to first base that was turned into the final out of the inning keeping the score at 1-0.
Henry Bethel had the only hit, a fifth inning single, for the Vipers.
That loss put the Vipers in the playback bracket at 11:00 Saturday morning. They played a very good Baxter team and fell 7-0. Carston Fronning pitched three strong innings before being relieved by Isaac Ellison. Ellison was relieved by Cam Wiederich. Cam stepped up and pitched very well the final two innings.
Offensively, the Vipers received a first inning leadoff single by Carston Fronning, a second inning single by Logan Larson, and a sixth inning single by Isaac Ellison for their only hits on the day. Alex Ellison had a good day defensively at first base and Lucas Hansen made a great diving catch to end the fifth inning and save some runs.
The Vipers play their final game of the season Tuesday in Underwood.