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Scooter Pursley / Forum Communications Co., Published June 03 2011

ND Class B state baseball: Kindred, May-Port-CG pick up first-round victories

MANDAN, N.D. – Fifty-two years is a long time to wait to avenge a loss. But who’s counting?

Kindred-Richland beat Hettinger 8-2 in the first round of the state Class B baseball tournament on Thursday, 52 years after Hettinger beat Kindred in the first round.

Kindred is making its first appearance since 1959 and Richland is making its first trip. Together, the Vikings will take on May-Port-CG in tonight’s semifinals.

Nick Milbrandt, who improved to 6-0, survived a rough third inning for the Vikings. He went all the way, striking out 11 and giving up just three hits.

“I was a little nervous at the start, but I got into the game and then it was just me and (catcher) Jason (Van Horn),” Milbrandt said. “He calls them and I throw them.”

After surviving the third, Milbrandt threw well the rest of the way. He retired the last 10 batters he faced.”

Officially, the Black Devils, who are at state for the first time since 1960, made three errors. But coach Joe Perkins saw more.

“Worst game we played all year,” Perkins said. “Three errors? I counted five. Generous scorekeeping.”

Austin Dahlgren and Alex Shields drove in two runs each. Dahlgren also stole three bases. Daniel Julson had a double and scored two runs.

Chad Mosbrucker drove in two runs for Hettinger.

H 002 000 0– 2 3 2

KR 005 012 x– 8 5 2

Laufer and Larson. Milbrandt and Van Horn. W–Milbrandt. L–Laufer.

May-Port-CG 2, Dakota Prairie 1 (9)

Brady Nygaard is an eighth-grade shortstop for May-Port-CG, but you can call him a hero.

Nygaard’s third hit of the game, a run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth inning Thursday, lifted the Patriots to a 2-1 win over Dakota Prairie in the opening round of the state Class B baseball tournament.

Nygaard lined a 1-1 fastball from Braydon Gourneau to left, scoring Roy Nelson, who had reached on the Knights’ third error.

Nygaard handled the pressure like a veteran.

“Oh, it’s a lot more pressure,” Nygaard said. “You just have to breathe and not panic and do everything you’re trained to do.”

Nygaard also scored a run in the first inning in support of Jace Ingebretson, who gave up two hits and struck out 16 in nine innings.

Given the five errors their teams made behind them in the first inning, Ingebretson and Dakota Prairie starter Colton Anderson started taking care of business themelves.

Ingebretson allowed only two singles, one to Logan Lund in the first inning that gave the Knights a 1-0 lead. Three Patriots errors, including one by Nygaard, contributed to the run.

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MPCG 100 000 001–2 7 4

Anderson, Gourneau (8) and Herman. Ingebretson and Torgerson. W–Ingebretson. L–Gourneau.