Shanley stuns Williston

Fargo Shanley finished off the long opening day with a furious late rally to stun the defending state champions.
Trailing 4-1 and down to their final out, the Deacons pulled off a miracle with some help from the Coyotes.
After a strikeout and groundout to start the bottom of the seventh, No. 9 hitter Rodrigo Otero drew a walk – the theme of the night – from Williston pitcher Shawn Egge. Andy Schweigert and Jordan Gefroh did the same, loading the bases with two outs for Eric Jagim.
With Williston ace Alex Hanson in to replace Egge, Jagim looped an awkward, shallow pop-up towards second base. Austin Grundstad fielded the ball, but threw off balance and wildly past first baseman Jonathan Grundstad. The throw hit Jagim in the foot, deflected into shallow right field, allowing Otero, Schweigert and Gefroh to score to tie it at 4-4.
The next batter, Mike Jones, followed with a game-winning single into right field on a 2-2 pitch, easily scoring Jagim with the winning run, sparking a wild celebration by the Deacons just short of 10:30 p.m.

Fargo Shanley 5, Williston 4
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Fargo Shanley 100 000 4 – 5 4 1
Shawn Egge, Alex Hanson (7) and Jacob Axtman. Eric Jagim, Andrew Schweigert (7) and Michael Jones. W-Schweigert (5-1). L-Hanson (4-2).
Records: Fargo Shanley 22-10; Williston 18-11.
 

Midgets down Firebirds

Cole Frenzel homered Dickinson banged out 14 hits in a 10-4 win over Devils Lake in the third quarterfinal game at Jack Brown Stadium.

Tommy Peters went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead Dickinson. Frenzel, Caleb Burgard, Stephen Laylock, Ross Kovacs and Connor McNeilly added two hits each for the Midgets.

Devils Lake scored first, getting a three-run home run from Jared Schmidt in the bottom of the first inning.

Dickinson scored single runs in the first and second innings before a six-run bottom of the third broke it open.

The game featured 56 minutes worth of weather delays, including a 43-minute stoppage for lightning with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

Dickinson 10, Devils Lake 4

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Dickinson 116 110 x – 10 14 1

Ethan Kleinknecht, Jared Swenseth (5) and Swenseth, Kleinknecht (5). Eric Seiler, Michael Steve (7) and Steve, Connor McNeilly (7). W-Seiler (4-2). L-Kleinknecht (3-4). HR-Devils Lake, Jared Schmidt (4). Dickinson, Cole Frenzel (7).

Highlights: Devils Lake: John Traynor 2-3 1 run. Jared Schmidt 1-3 3-run HR. Dickinson: Eric Seiler 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 SO, 4 BB. Tommy Peters 3-3 2 RBI, 2 runs. Cole Frenzel 2-3 2 RBI, Solo HR, 1 run. Stephen Laylock 2-4 1 RBI, 1 run. Caleb Burgard 2-4 1 RBI, 2 runs. Connor McNeilly 2-4 2 RBI, 1 run. Ross Kovacs 2-4 1 RBI.

Records: Dickinson 21-9; Devils Lake 12-12.

Minot downs North

Ryan Bollinger hit a grand slam and went the distance on the mound as Minot beat Fargo North 8-1 in the second quarterfinal game Thursday afternoon.

Bollinger turned a 1-0 Minot lead into a 5-0 bulge with a grand slam in the top of the third off Ryan Messerschmidt.

Bollinger had five strikeouts and allowed just four singles to the Spartans.

Bollinger and Derek Somerville had two hits each for the 22-6 Magicians.

Minot 8, Fargo North 1

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Ryan Messerschmidt, Zach Braaten (3) and Andrew Hoffman. Ryan Bollinger and Brett Fiddler. W-Bollinger (7-0). L-Messerschmidt (4-2). HR-Minot, Ryan Bollinger (3).

Highlights: Fargo North: Zach Braaten 3 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 1-3 1 run. Zach Argall 1-3 1 RBI. Minot: Ryan Bollinger 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5, SO, 2 BB, 2-3 Grand Slam, 4 RBI, 2 runs. Derek Somerville 2-3 RBI. Darin Back 1-2 1 RBI, 2 runs, 1 BB. Alex Fornshell 1-3 2 runs.
Records: Minot 22-6; Fargo North 14-15.
 

South 3, Century 2

Kyle Kingsley outpitched Hunter Johnson in a battle of aces in the opening game of the state Class A baseball tournament in Jamestown.

Fargo South scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the first inning and Kingsley made it stand up.

Kinglsey did not walk a batter and struck out six, allowing single runs in the fourth and sixth.

Johnson, Century’s ace, walked seven batters and allowed six hits, but didn’t allow a run over the final five innings.

David Ernst went 2-for-4 for South.

Johnson had two of the Patriots’ six hits.

Fargo South 3, Bismarck Century 2
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Hunter Johnson and Justin Ledger. Kyle Kingsley and Tyler Kellen. W-Kingsley (7-1). L-Johnson (6-2).
Highlights: Fargo South, Kyle Kingsley 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6 SO, 0 BB, 1-1 2 BB. David Ernst 2-4 1 run. Matt Achter 0-1 1 run, 3 BB. Matt Wawers 1-2 1 run, 1 RBI. Tyler Kellen 1-2 1 RBI. Century: Hunter Johnson 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 SO, 7 BB, 2-3, 2B, RBI, 1 run. Tate Leapaldt 1-3 1 run. Carson Wentz 1-3 RBI.
Records: Fargo South 23-5; Bismarck Century 17-13.
 

Hazen repeats as Class B boys’ champs

The 21-stroke lead the Hazen Bison built after the first 18 holes of the state Class B boys’ golf tournament in Jamestown on Tuesday appeared to be insurmountable for the rest of the field on Day 2.
And it was.
The Bison’s Chad Marshall — who carded a 77 on Wednesday for a two-day total of 149 — retained the top spot on the leaderboard to earn medalist honors, helping Hazen cruise to back-to-back state titles at Jamestown’s Hillcrest Golf Course.
The Bison finished the tourney with a two-day team score of 623, which was 13 strokes better than second-place finisher Fargo Oak Grove (636). Kindred (653), Grafton (661) and Stanley-Powers Lake (661) rounded out the top five.
Hazen’s Conner Borud and Brady Hillerud also finished in the top 10 individually with Marshall. Borud matched his score of 77 on Tuesday with an identical round of 77 on Wednesday, tying sophomore teammate Hillerud in sixth place with a total score of 154. Hillerud carded a 76 on the final day.
It marks the third year in a row that Hazen’s big three has made the field of all-state athletes.
“These kids have come through the last three years, and you keep asking yourself if they can keep doing it,” Hazen coach Darrell Berglund said. “They did it again today and came through when they had to. I’m exceptionally proud of the way they played.”

Hazen repeats as Class B girls’ golf champ

Trailing after the opening round of the Class B girls’ golf tournament, the Hazen Bison made a statement on Wednesday.

The Bison took 19 strokes off their opening-round team score, turning a seven-stroke deficit into a 12-stroke victory and another state title.

Hazen finished with 689 strokes, while first-day leader Kindred shot seven strokes higher as a team, finishing with a 701.

The Bison had four top-20 finishers as Jinny Miller and Kara Dietz each shot a 171 to tie for 11th, and Steph Seibel and Samantha Skinner each carded a 174, tying for 15th.

Amber Piatz of Napoleon shot a pair of 79s to tie for first place with Abby Knutson of Hatton-Northwood. Piatz won the title in a playoff.

Ashley Hinrichs of Harvey finished third with a 159, ending up one stroke out of the playoff.

Defending champion Bison take commanding lead

The defending Class B boys’ golf champions laughed directly into the face of Mother Nature in Jamestown on Tuesday.
As the rest of the field struggled to work the links of Hillcrest Golf Course in 50-degree conditions with 30-mph wind gusts, the Hazen Bison took a commanding 21-stroke lead over the competition after Day 1 of this year’s state tourney.
The Bison — who are now in solid position to try and lock up back-to-back titles — placed three golfers in the top five after 18 holes. Hazen senior Chad Marshall currently tops the leaderboard after carding an even-par 72, which was four strokes better than Trinity Christian-Trenton’s Ryan Seil’s second-place 76.
Hazen junior Conor Borud — last year’s state medalist — sits in a tie for third place with Minot Ryan’s Alex Bahl after shooting a 77, while Bison sophomore Brady Hillerud strolled to the clubhouse in a three-way tie for fifth place after a round of 78.
The Bison trio are no strangers at the top of the state tournament list. Marshall, Borud and Hillerud have all finished in the top five in each of the past two state tournaments.
“We’ve certainly shot better scores before, but the weather wasn’t great today and from that standpoint I’ve got to be happy,” Hazen coach Darrell Berglund said. “I’m fortunate to have had my top three players go through this a couple of times before. We’re lucky to have that experience.
“Chad is probably our best scorer and the most consistent. He’s the one I expected to be in this position.”
Grafton and Fargo Oak Grove are tied in second place after producing identical team scores of 333. Kindred and Stanley-Powers Lake are rounding out the top five, after posting scores of 335 and 336, respectively.
Currently tied with Hillerud in fifth place (78) are Edgeley-Kulm’s Taylor Erikson and Heart River’s Devon Schmeling.

Golf season ends for Blue Jays

An abbreviated season came to an end for the Jamestown High School boys’ golf team on Tuesday.
The Blue Jays finished ninth at the West Region tournament at Hawktree Golf Course, which was supposed to be played at the Jamestown Country Club. But the endless winter snow and a wet spring has left a handful of holes at the course still soaked. The unfriendly weather kept the Jays off real grass deep into April and with no indoor facilities, the season was a steep uphill climb.
Blake Harris, Miles Traiser and Nick Graves each finished with rounds in the 80s, but fell short of qualifying for state.
“(We) had good performances from our top three, but once again we showed that we are not deep enough at this point to compete in the WDA on a consistent basis,” coach Dean Kraft said.
The Blue Jays’ 374 was nine back of Williston’s 365. The top six teams qualified for the state meet next week at Dakota Winds Golf Course near Hankinson.

Walker, Hogan picked for Legion all-star game

Ben Walker and Ian Hogan of Jamestown were named to the Class A West roster for the North Dakota East-West American Legion baseball all-star games on Sunday, June 7.
The all-star games will be played at Southside Municipal Ballpark in Mandan, with the Class B game at 1:30 p.m. MDT and the Class A game at 3:45 p.m. MDT. Both games will be seven-inning contests, with a nine-inning maximum. Pitchers will be allowed to throw two innings maximum.

Kindred leads Class B girls’ golf

Kindred finished third in the Region 2 tournament.
After one day in Carrington, they’re the top team in the state.
The Vikings, led by Kate Podolak and Morgan Bindas, have the lead at the halfway mark of the state Class B girls’ golf tournament at CrossRoads Golf Course.
Podolak shot an 82 in Tuesday’s opening round, the fifth-best score of the day. Bindas carded an 84, which tied for sixth.
Laura Podolak is tied for 15th with an 89 and Mikaela Casey is tied for 27th with a 92.
Defending champion Hazen is seven strokes behind Kindred (347-354) in the team race.
The Bison’s Steph Seibel and Samantha Skinner are tied for 11th with opening-round 88s. Kate Berg shot an 89 (tied for 15th) and Kara Dietz a 90 (tied for 20th).
Abby Knutson of Hatton-Northwood shot a 76, leading the medalist chase by three strokes over Amber Piatz of Napoleon and Ashley Hinrichs of Harvey. Both shot a 79.