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Smittys win opening game in Clark tourney

Brock Martin, of the Aberdeen Smittys, swings at a pitch during a game against Brookings at Fossum Field last week. Martin had two hits and drove in three runs in a victory over Hankinson-Lidgerwood, N.D. during a tourney in Clark on Thursday. Photo by John Davis taken 7/1/2021

CLARK – The Aberdeen Smittys exploded for seven runs in the first inning, watched the lead evaporate, before finishing strong in a 12-7 American Legion baseball win over Hankinson-Lidgerwood, N.D., in the opening round of the Clark Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

The Smittys pounded out a dozen hits and took advantage of five errors in the contest.

Brock Martin, Tyler Hoffman, Aiden McCafferty, Eian Risager each had a pair of hits to lead the Aberdeen attack. Martin drove in three runs, while Hoffman and Josh Steinwandt each plated two.

Matt Feiock scored three runs for the Smittys.

Aberdeen will take on Clark at 4 this afternoon. The tourney concludes on Saturday.

Aberdeen Smittys 700 301 1 – 12 12 3

Hankinson-Lidgerwood 014 010 1 – 7 6 5

Austin Wagemann, Tyler Hoffman (6) and Brian Holmstrom; Hankinson-Lidgerwood battery not reported. 2B – Aberdeen Smittys, Matt Feiock, Hoffman, Brock Martin.

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