The Laporte baseball team came up a run short in two games last week, losing 14-13 to Red Lake and 3-2 to Cass Lake-Bena.
A week after Laporte and Cass Lake-Bena combined to score 46 runs, the Panthers once again pulled out a win Thursday morning at Bemidji State University.
Sophomore Alex Forseman was superb but did play a part in the decision. He pitched the first six innings, allowing only two hits and four walks, while striking out 11. Devon Lafriniere got the loss, giving up the game-winning single to Taylor Dahl with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Dahl went the distance to get the win, scattering eight hits and two walks, with 10 strike outs.
Laporte stranded runners in scoring position in the first, second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Gibson Smith had three hits and one RBI, with Lafriniere, Bryce Kline, Chris McDougall, John Schmarbeck and Noah Reimer each having a single.
The Panthers scored their first two runs in the first on an error, double and sac fly.
Lafriniere scored Laporte’s first run in the third after he singled and scored on Smith’s single with two outs.
Smith tied the game in the sixth as he led off with a single, stole two bases and scored on Forseman’s sac fly.
The Wildcats had a chance to take the lead in the seventh as Reimer led off with a single and Lafriniere walked. Dahl got the next two batters to pop out in the infield and got the third out via a strikeout.
Red Lake holds on
The Wildcats led Red Lake 9-4 after four innings, only to once again have some control problems as the Warriors rallied for a 14-13 win May 14 in Laporte.
Red Lake scored two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and five in the seventh.
Lafriniere pitched the first two frames, Forseman the next three and Kaden Reierson into the seventh, with Reimer coming on in relief.
Red Lake out-hit Laporte 17-8, and also had 11 walks and two hit batters.
Wyatt Johannsen led the Wildcats with three hits, while Lafriniere and Kline both walked three times. Reimer, Lafriniere, Forseman, Smith and Reierson each had one hit.
Lafriniere and Smith both had RBIs in the first, Lafriniere had a two-run double in the second and Johannsen a RBI single as Laporte took a 5-3 lead.
Reimer stole home on a double steal to get the first run in the fourth, with Johannsen knocking in two runs with a single as Laporte extended the lead to five.
Smith and Ethan Moss each had RBIs in the sixth as Laporte broke a 9-9 tie.
Red Lake scored five runs in the seventh on five hits, two walks and a hit batter.
In the bottom half, Justin Clyde and Reimer each reached and scored, but Chase Cobanais, who came on in relief to start the sixth, got the final three outs including two via the strike out.