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Indians reach 10-win plateau on two-hitter by Fisher

BISMARCK – With less than one week remaining before district playoffs are set to begin, the Bismarck Indians need senior Sam Fisher in their pitching rotation to be serious contenders for the title. The right-hander continued his solid recovery from an early-season arm injury on Tuesday by tossing a complete game two-hitter in a 7-1 victory over Viburnum.

Fisher struck out 12 batters while walking two to earn the win, and also went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI for the Indians. The lone tally scored by the Blue Jays was unearned.

Bismarck (10-8) did not strike out in five and two-thirds innings against Viburnum starter Joe Hopkins, but managed just six total hits. Each club committed one error in the game.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Tyler Henson singled, stole a base and scored on a ground out by Tim Lincoln. Henson went 1-for-1 at the plate with two runs scored, while Lincoln singled and drove in two runs.

The margin remained slim until Bismarck added two runs in the fourth. Lincoln brought Henson to the plate on a RBI single to left, then scored on a ground out by Adam Kell to make it 3-0.

Viburnum (0-13) wasted a lead-off double by Clay LaRue in the first inning, but picked up a run without the benefit of a hit in the fifth. Kirk LaRue reached first base on a wild third strike, and advanced to second on a balk before scoring on an error.

Bismarck increased its advantage with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Michael Franklin led off with a single and raced home on a RBI double to right-center by Fisher. A sacrifice fly by Henson scored Fisher to cap the frame. Fisher added a two-run single in the sixth following a pair of crucial walks to complete the scoring.

The Blue Jays got their second hit of the afternoon when Cody Hammack lined an opposite-field single to right, but he was erased on a double play. Fisher then struck out the side in the seventh to close out the contest.

Jeff Wilson had a single in the second inning for the Indians, but was stranded at third base.

Bismarck can finish its conference schedule at .500 and clinch a winning season overall with a victory at Kingston today.

Viburnum 000 010 0 – 1 2 1

Bismarck 010 222 x – 7 6 1

Viburnum:

Hitting – C LaRue, Hammack. 2b – C LaRue.

Pitching – Hopkins (L) 5 2/3i 7r 6h 0k 4bb 1hb, Coleman 1/3i 0r 0h 1k 0bb.

Bismarck:

Hitting – Fisher 2, Franklin, Henson, Lincoln, Wilson. 2b – Fisher.

Pitching – Fisher (W) 7i 1r 0er 2h 12k 2bb 1hb.

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