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Scott Mieszala, Published June 05 2010

ND state softball: Red River tops Bismarck in semifinals

MINOT, N.D. – Grand Forks Red River advanced to the North Dakota state girls softball championship game, albeit in a little too dramatic of a fashion for head coach Mike Besinius.

The Roughriders beat Bismarck 4-3 Friday at South Hill Complex in a semifinal matchup, on a walk-off error by the Sparks third baseman off the bat of Red River’s Ashley Christenson. Brenna Nakonechny, who singled to lead off the inning, scored from third for the winning run.

“I’m on Cloud 9 right now,” Besinius said.

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GFRR 010 200 1– 4 6 0

W–Koopman. L–Steel.

First round

Minot Ryan 11, Fargo South 0

The Minot Ryan fastpitch softball team got the monkey off its back Friday.

The Lions won a game for the first time in the state tournament in an 11-0 rout of Fargo South at South Hill Complex. The game was halted in the bottom of the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.

Morgan Abel, Ryan’s first batter in the bottom of the first inning, got things started with a double off the wall in left-center field. She would score from third base on a passed ball, and after Katie Backes was hit by a pitch and Liva Rovig walked, Amber Allers would rip a line drive off the Fargo South second baseman’s glove to score Backes and Rovig for the first two of her three RBIs on the day.

Lions head coach Fred Mueller said Abel’s double in the first at-bat was key for Ryan in the win.

“That took the jitters right out of everybody’s stomach and we started having a little bit of fun,” Mueller said.

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W–Backes. L–Pahl.

Bismarck 7, Fargo North 3

Bismarck struck early, scoring three runs in the opening inning and adding two more in the third before the Spartans could dent the scoreboard.

Ashlee Haag had a big game for Bismarck, going 3-for-4 with two runs score and an RBI. Sarah Lardy was a double threat, getting the win on the hill and also going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Tana Teschendorf and Alyssa Boetel were both 2-for-3 for the Spartans.

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W–Lardy. L–Mjoness.

Grand Forks Red River 2, Fargo Shanley 1

The Deacons scored in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead, but the Roughriders struck back in the bottom of the inning with a pair to hang on for a 2-1 win.

Rachel Koopman tossed a gem for the Roughriders, allowing just three hits in seven innings. Her counterpart Hillary Rotunda was nearly as effective. She struck out nine batters in her seven innings.

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W–Koopman. L–Rotunda.

Consolation games

Fargo South 10, Devils Lake 3

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W–Pahl. L–Fee.

Fargo Shanley 5, Fargo North 2

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W–Rotunda. L–Teschendorf.