BISMARCK — The Seeger Patriots and the Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils shared one thing in common during Thursday's baseball game in Bismarck.
Both teams are featuring very young and inexperienced teams on the field this year.
Seeger, with just one senior on its roster, were able to put all the pieces together against Bismarck-Henning, securing a 12-2 victory in the Patriots first official game of the season.
"We're young and it's going to be an adjustment this season,'' Seeger coach Nate Davis said. "But, I thought our kids were energetic and it makes it a lot easier when you have kids that love being around the game.
"The biggest thing for us was getting that first game out of the way. We have some guys with not a lot of experience, and while some of our younger guys are talented, they haven't had the experience of varsity basetball until today.''
After a first inning in which the Patriots committed three errors, allowing two unearned runs, they settled down with the help of sophomore right-hander Josh Orahood.
In the final four innings, Orahood (1-0) allowed just three singles, while striking out six and walking just one batter.
"We did settle down after that first inning,'' Davis said. "But it makes it a lot easier to do when Josh Orahood was throwing as many strikes as he did. Everyone had to be on their toes, all of the time because he was keeping the ball around the zone.''
While Orahood allowed just one runner to reach base on a walk, the Blue Devil pitchers Mo Abbed and Chase Swinford, combined to walk five batters and hit five more.
Six of those 10 base runners came around to score for Seeger, who also took advantage of four fielding miscues by Bismarck-Henning, which falls to 1-6.