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Published June 17, 2011, 09:11 PM

Otters fall in state semifinals

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Fergus Falls baseball team had advanced to state each of the past three years. And each year, the Otters have had their season ended by LaCrescent--once in the quarterfinals, once in the championship, and today, in the semifinals.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

The Lancers are Kryptonite to the Otters state tournament Superman vibe, that's for sure.

First inning. Runner on 3rd for LaCrescent, when Pete Gaustad's pitch gets past Nick Heck. It allows Troy Traxler to score. 1-0 Lancers. It was 2-0 after the inning.

That was all Gaustad and his defense would allow. The junior went all 7 innings, giving up just the two runs and only 5 hits...

The Otters were still down 2-0 in the 7th. Tying run at the plate, but Travis Krukow gets Bennet Woods to ground into the 6-4-3 double play...Lancers beat Fergus Falls for the 3rd straight year.

2-0 the final. Simply no offense for the Otters. With more, here's Jody Norstedt from St. Cloud.

On the field it was a tremendous pitching duel today. But the results is deja' vu for the Otters. Another great run into the state tournament brought to a screaching hault by LaCrescent for the third straight year.

Mark Aho – Fergus Falls Head Coach: “That's what I told the coaches after the game, ‘I'm sick of playing you guys.’ They got a good ball club. They have a good program and they play good baseball. They were better than us today again in another tight, close ballgame.

Zach Rengel – Fergus Falls Junior: “We knew coming in that they are a very good team. We've faced them before. We just couldn't get the timely hits and they did their job, had a nice game and they won.”

Pete Gaustad – Pitched Complete Game (2 runs, 5 hits): “Hopefully we can come back next year and get a few more wins and beat LaCrescent.

A 4th consecutive state tournament trip will be tough for the Otters. They lose 6 starters from this year's senior clas Later today, Fergus got no-hit by Fairmont and lost 2-0 in the 3rd place game. The otters end 17-and-11.

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