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
Williston 001 101 1 – 4 6 2
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.