WAHPETON - Casselton American Legion baseball coach Logan Midthun noticed something about his starting pitcher on Wednesday and what he saw led him to think it would be a good day at the ballpark.
Kyle Cote's off-speed pitches had plenty of bite, and his location was consistently hitting the zone at opposing batter's knees.
That is what Midthun said he likes to see.
"If Kyle is throwing his pitches down in the zone he's going to have a great day," Midthun said.
Cote's complete-game shutout highlighted Casselton's 9-0 win over Makoti during the opening round of the Class A American Legion baseball state baseball tournament at John Randall Field.
Cote finished with seven strikeouts, scattered four hits and walked just one batter. He needed 93 pitches to record the shutout.
"My curveball was really working and I just kept trying to get ahead of their batters so I could keep throwing it," Cote said.
At one point Cote retired eight straight Makoti batters and he also struck out the side in the sixth inning.
Casselton jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Austin Rust drove in Jason Roesler with an RBI single in the second inning.
Leadoff hitter Grady Bresnahan paced Casselton going 1-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs.
"I thought the guys did a good job of staying back on their starter's curveball and driving it," Midthun said. "We had great approach at the plate and we put a lot of balls in play. Teams are not perfect and if we put balls in play with our speed good things are going to happen."
Nathan Volk was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Casselton.