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Dave Selvig, Published May 29 2009

Class A baseball tournament: Shanley stuns Williston

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – 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 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 before 10:30 p.m.

“Unbelievable,” Jones said. “I thought we were in big trouble. I’m still kind of in shock. What a way to win it.”

Shanley coach Joel Swanson agreed.

“I guess miracles do happen,” he said. “There’s not a snow-balls chance in hell we deserved to win that game, but the kids found a way.”

The game took two hours and 20 minutes to play and was drug out by 16 walks, four hit batsmen and four errors combined between the two teams.

Williston had six hits, including a pair of doubles and a single by Jeff Skadeland. But they wasted numerous scoring chances, stranding 12 runners in the game, eight in scoring position.

“We’ve had four or five come-from-behind wins this season, but I pretty much thought we were dead tonight,” Swanson said. “We were fortunate, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Clearly, we’re going to have to play a lot better baseball against Dickinson.”

Williston 001 101 1–4 6 2

Fargo Shanley 100 000 4–5 4 1

Egge, Hanson (7) and Axtman. Jagim, Schweigert (7) and Jones. W-Schweigert (5-1). L-Hanson (4-2).

Fargo South 3, Bismarck Century 2

Kyle Kingsley was just a tick better than Hunter Johnson in the opening game of the North Dakota Class A state baseball tournament Thursday.

The big Fargo South right-hander made three first-inning runs stand up in a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Bismarck Century at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.

“It’s probably one of my bigger ones,” Kingsley said of his seventh win of the season.

The Bruins got to Century ace Hunter Johnson in the bottom of the first, sending eight batters to the plate. After a one-out walk to Matt Achter, David Ernst and Matt Wawers each singled, the second bringing in Achter for a 1-0 lead.

Jared Quinlan followed with a fly out to right field, bringing in Ernst from third base with the second run. With two outs, Kingsley singled into center field to send Wawers to third. Tyler Kellen, the No. 7 hitter, followed with another single into center, plating Wawers to make it 3-0.

“We got off to a great start. I’m not sure what happened the rest of the game, but it was enough, I guess,” South coach Donn Bryant said.

Bismarck Century 000 101 0–2 6 1

Fargo South 300 000 x–3 6 0

Johnson and Ledger. Kingsley and Kellen. W–Kingsley (7-1). L–Johnson (6-2).

Minot 8, Fargo North 1

Ryan Bollinger’s arm and bat were too much for Fargo North.

Minot’s powerful, lanky, lefty clubbed a grand slam and went the distance on the mound as the Magicians rolled to win No. 22 with an 8-1 win over the Spartans.

“It’s a great start for us. To get where we want to be, you have to win that first one and we did,” Bollinger said. “We swung the bats really well as a team and made the plays defensively. We did what we needed to do.”

Already up 1-0 in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, Bollinger unloaded on a 2-2 pitch from Ryan Messerschmidt for a towering grand slam to right field.

“I was just looking for a pitch to drive. I just wanted to drive in a couple runs. To get all four was a nice pick-me-up,” Bollinger said.

That was way more than he needed on the mound. The 6-6 lefty allowed just one run on four hits, all singles.

The Spartans’ lone run came in the top of the sixth on a two-out single by Zach Argall to score Zach Braaten.

Fargo North 000 001 0–1 4 3

Minot 014 030 x–8 6 2

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

Dickinson 10, Devils Lake 4

Dickinson wiped out an early deficit to breeze back into the state Class A baseball tournament semifinals on Thursday at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.

Down 3-0 early, the Midgets went ahead for good with a six-run third en route to a 10-4 win over Devils Lake.

Devils Lake 300 100 0–4 6 2

Dickinson 116 110 x–10 14 1

Kleinknecht, Swenseth (5) and Swenseth,

Kleinknecht (5). Seiler, Steve (7) and Steve, McNeilly (7). W-Seiler (4-2). L-Kleinknecht (3-4). HR-Devils Lake, Schmidt (4). Dickinson, Frenzel (7).


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