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Tom Mix, Published May 31 2012

Woodbury's no-hitter leads West Fargo to state softball win

WEST FARGO – Jolene Woodbury had read a few comments made by teams from the western part of the state that the East Region lacked shutdown pitching and had regressed from last season.

The West Fargo junior debunked those perceptions with a five inning no-hitter, leading the Packers to an 11-1 win over Bismarck in the first round of the North Dakota Class A state softball tournament on Thursday at Elmwood Park.

“It feels pretty good,” Woodbury said of the no-hitter. “It gives us some good confidence heading into the next round, because we were all pretty nervous for the first round.”

Woodbury struck out eight batters in the game. She struck out the side in the third inning.

“My main goal for every game is to attack my spots and stay ahead in the count,” Woodbury said.

She attacked the Demons batters the whole way, but Bismarck was able to push a run across in the fourth inning when Samantha Wolf reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning and later scored.

“She struggled a little bit with control,” West Fargo head coach Pat Johnson said. “She battled through. She gave us what we wanted. We wanted her to come out and give us a good game to start out the tournament, and that’s what she did.”

The Packers (30-2) advance to play Bismarck Century in the semifinals at 7:45 today. Bismarck’s lone run snapped a five-game shutout streak for West Fargo.

Harle Andel was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two-run double.

“We played pretty good,” Andel said. “I wouldn’t say it was the best we could have played, but we played pretty well.”

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Standing Elk and Blair. J. Woodbury and Greenlund. W–J. Woodbury. L–Standing Elk.

Bismarck Century 10, Grand Forks Red River 5

Two big blasts off the bat of Bismarck Century junior outfielder Brianna Flynn proved to be vital for the Patriots on Thursday.

Flynn connected for a two-run home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the sixth, helping Century to a 10-5 win over Grand Forks Red River.

“The difference was Brianna Flynn,” Century head coach Kevin Ziegler said. “She is by far one of the better hitters in the state. She comes through in the clutch.”

Flynn finished 2-for-4 with six RBIs. Dominique Giesen was 4-for-4 with four singles and two runs scored for the Patriots 27-5.

Century plays in the second semifinal at 7:45 p.m. today.

Red River mounted a rally in the late innings, scoring a run in the fifth and two apiece in the sixth and seventh.

“We hit in spurts today, but we just didn’t have any consistency,” Red River head coach Mike Bisenius said.

Morgan Smith was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a triple to lead the Roughriders (10-11).

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Lundby and Dahl. Lardy, Herold (7) and Holland. W–Lardy. L–Lundby.

Minot Ryan 5, Devils Lake 1

It took a while, but Minot Ryan’s offense strung a rally together.

The Lions scored five runs in the fifth inning to post a 5-1 win over Devils Lake in the first round on Thursday.

“I think we had a little first-game jitters,” Minot Ryan coach Fred Mueller said. “Sometimes it takes us a while to get the bats cracking. … They kept us off stride a little bit.”

The Lions play Fargo North at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals.

Hannah Kramer got Minot Ryan on the board with an RBI single in the fifth, which sparked the big inning. Kramer was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Freshman starting pitcher Hannah Stewart struck out 11 batters to pace the Lions (28-5).

“Hannah has been solid for us all year long,” Mueller said. “She’s been a powerhouse for us at pitcher and at the plate as well.”

The Lions are on a six-game winning streak.

Miriah Yoder was 1-for-3 with a run scored to lead the Firebirds (9-9).

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Hornstein and Yoder. Stewart and Lipp. W–Stewart. L–Hornstein.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 451-5651