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Scooter Pursley / Special to The Forum, Published May 31 2012

Davies prevails as East Region teams earn sweep at ND Class A state baseball

MANDAN, N.D. – Fargo Davies pitcher Casey Quinlan wasn’t unhittable Thursday against Dickinson at the North Dakota Class A state baseball tournament.

But he was close.

The lanky left-hander struck out eight of the first nine batters and 13 overall to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 win over the Midgets in a first-round game.

Dickinson’s only hit was a bloop into the grass in front of the second baseman that Brady Dutchak beat to first in the fifth inning.

“Today I was just looking at maximizing that first-pitch strike to get ahead, so I could go after them instead of having to play defense against them,” Quinlan said.

Quinlan said he has never thrown a no-hitter but has a bunch of one-hitters.

“I don’t go out there and try to throw a no-hitter,” Quinlan said. “To get a no-hitter would be nice, but when he got (the hit) I just shook it off. I wasn’t going to let that ruin my performance.”

Davies coach Hans Anderson wasn’t surprised by his pitcher.

“Whenever he’s out there, we know we have a chance,” Anderson said. “He’s always blowing guys away. He puts it in spots and makes hitters look foolish.”

Davies (25-11) broke the scoreless tie in the fourth when leadoff hitter Andrew Beyer reached on an infield single and scored on a one-out double by Ryan Smith.

Dickinson (18-12) starter Mason Schiff matched Quinlan through three hitless innings. The double by Smith was the only extra-base hit he allowed.

Schiff gave up four hits, including a infield single by Gunnar Linstaedt in the sixth that scored Ben Spokely with an insurance run. Spokely had also reached on an infield single.

That was all Quinlan needed.

“There was no chance anyone else was going to be on the mound in Game 1,” Anderson said. “We wanted to get through the first round.”

FD 000 101 0– 2 4 1

D 000 000 0– 0 1 0

Quinlan and Nemer. Schiff and Dutchak. W–Quinlan. L–Schiff.

Wahpeton 7, Williston 3

Once Tyler Gripentrog got through the first inning, it was smooth sailing for the Huskies.

Gripentrog gave up eight hits, struck out 11 and walked six – four in the first inning – to get the win.

“I finally got enough pitches in the first inning to get nice and loose, and the rest just came to me,” Gripentrog said. “I probably didn’t throw enough pitches in the bullpen.”

Gripentrog walked in Williston’s first run and gave up the Coyotes’ first homer of the year to Cory Vinger in the third inning.

Wahpeton (22-14) leadoff hitter Alex Lunneborg had three hits. Cole Gilles had a double and a triple and was one of six players with one RBI each.

Preston Kath had two hits, including a double off the wall. Cooper Krause scored twice.

Williston (12-20) pitcher Oliver Sogard relieved Vinger in the third inning and took the loss. He gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings.

Wahpeton 010 021 3– 7 12 0

Williston 101 000 0– 2 6 3

Gripentrog and Lunneborg. Vinger, Sogard (3) and Haaland. W–Gripentrog. L–Sogard. HR–Williston, Vinger.

West Fargo 10, St. Mary’s 0

West Fargo took batting practice off Bismarck St. Mary’s pitching, and no one hit it better than Landon Uetz.

The third baseman had four hits, including a three-run homer and a two-run game-winning single in the fifth inning. With the win, the Packers (31-5) advanced to tonight’s semifinals against Wahpeton.

Uetz’s three-run homer capped a four-run second inning that staked the Packers to a 7-0 lead.

“We’re just trying to put good swings on the ball,” Uetz said. “It’s good to jump on teams early and not let them hang around, otherwise you don’t know what might happen.”

Uetz drove in five runs, including two with a credited single off the wall in left that drove in two runs to end the game after five innings.

Uetz was joined in the Packers hit parade by Kory Wolden, who had two doubles and scored twice, and starting pitcher Andy Young, who had two hits.

Young scattered three singles and struck out six to get the win.

Trent Bohan took the loss for the Saints (9-24), going one inning and giving up seven earned runs on eight hits.

“We’ve hit the ball pretty well,” Uetz said.

BSM 000 00 – 0 3 1

WF 340 03 0–10 11 1

Bohan, Haskell (2) and Tescher. Young and Bucholz. W–Young. L–Bohan. HR–WF, Uetz.

Fargo Shanley 1, Bismarck 0

Nick Salentine pitched a complete-game shutout and Jake Salentine scored the game’s only run as Fargo Shanley completed a sweep by the four East Region teams in the first round.

Nick Salentine gave up four singles and struck out eight. He allowed only two runners as far as third base and looked a lot better than his 5-5 record.

“I wanted to give up two earned runs or less. That was my goal,” Nick Salentine said. “I just wanted to get ahead. ... Our defense is good enoiugh that I knew if they put it in play, it would be an out.”

Shanley (16-11) took advantage of two Bismarck errors in the second inning. They were the only errors by the Demons (20-14).

With one out, Jake Salentine reached on a fielding error by Demons third baseman Tyler Richter. With two outs, Richter came home when shortstop Zach Schuchard bobbled Paul Rydell’s grounder.

Andrew Dill was the tough-luck loser for Bismarck. He gave up four hits in five innings and left with what appeared to be a sore arm.

No player had more than one hit, and Shanley’s Brad Conant had a double for the game’s only extra-base hit.

Shanley plays Fargo Davies in tonight’s first semifinal. Bismarck plays Dickinson in the consolation round.

B 000 000 0– 0 5 2

FS 010 000 x– 1 5 1

Salentine and Hallock. Dill, Richter (6) and Irey. W–Salentine. L–Dill.