American Legion World Series 2019, Game two

Idaho Falls’ Caden Christensen high fives teammates Caden White and Jaxon Sorenson during game three of the 2019 American Legion World Series on Thursday at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C.

At Shelby, N.C., the Idaho Falls Bandits continued their program best season by starting the American Legion World Series with a 7-3 win over Fargo, N.D.

After three scoreless innings, Fargo got on the scoreboard first with run from a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth. The Bandits responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame off a walk and an RBI single. Idaho Falls scored five unanswered runs over the next two innings, including a two-run home run by Randon Hostert in the bottom of the sixth, to take a 7-1 lead. Fargo drove in two in the top of the seventh, but the Bandits ended the game with a double play from third baseman Hostert to first baseman Paul Wilson for the final outs.

“We hit the ball hard the first three innings, we just couldn’t find any holes,” Jaxon Sorenson said in a press release. “We tried to work counts and get a few free bases and got a few big hits and we needed them.”

Hostert, Tavyn Lords and Andrew Gregersen had two hits each for the Bandits (57-6-1).

“All game they worked the curveball so I sat on that and adjusted to fastballs and just tried to foul them off and when I got the curveball I got a couple of hits,” Hostert said.

The Bandits have an off day today and play Shrewsbury (Mass.) on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. Mountain Time.

IDAHO FALLS BANDITS 7, FARGO 3

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FARGO--Pitchers: Anderson 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5K, 4 BB; Manuel 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 K, 1 BB. Leading hitters: none. 2B: Hage. RBI: Koenig, Sanders 2.

IDAHO FALLS--Pitchers: Caden Christensen 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB; Jace Hanson 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 3 BB; Jaxon Sorenson 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 K, 0 BB. Leading hitters: Tavyn Lords 2-3, Randon Hostert 2-4, Andrew Gregersen 2-3. HR: Hostert. RBI: Alex Cortez, Hostert 2, Nick Layland 2. SB: Gregersen 2.