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April 11, 2014

Season-opening win for Seeger

Youthful Patriots overcome 3-error first inning against Blue Devils

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"Our kids don't have much experience playing baseball,'' said Dodd, noting that Abbed before this season hadn't played in a baseball game since he was in junior high. "They are literally learning during the games. It's just a growing process. The kids are coming every day, they are working hard and they are certainly trying their best.''

After the first inning in which Seeger scored four times and Bismarck-Henning scored twice, it looked like it was going to be an offensive game.

The Patriots added a run in the second to take a 5-2 lead, but the Blue Devils came back with a two-out rally as Dustyn Ingram and Michael Feeney, who was 3-for-3, had back-to-back singles. Center fielder Dylan Dodd lined a pitch up the middle but Patriots shortstop Chandler White was right there to record the final out.

"That could have been two runs right there for us,'' Dodd said. "It would have been a 5-4 game at that point and we would have been right there.''

Seeger's Adam Peterson, who also went 3-for-3, singled and scored a run in the third, drove in a run during his team's four-run fourth when he was hit with a pitch and then capped the day with a run-scoring single to left.

"Peterson is another one of those kids that we have on this team that loves baseball,'' Davis said. "If you put the bat on the ball enough times, it will find some soft ground occasionally.

"We have some guys that can hit in our lineup.''

Also coming up with multiple hits for Seeger was Jake Halsema with two doubles and two RBIs.

After having six baserunners in the first two innings, the Blue Devils managed just a single from Feeney and a walk to Dalton Strawser in the fifth against Orahood.

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