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Glenn Pursley / sports@forumcomm.com, Published June 01 2012

Squirrels scamper on in Class B softball

WEST FARGO – The Central Cass Squirrels gave a performance Friday that shows they’re ready for a chance at the inaugural North Dakota Class B state softball championship.

Squirrels starting pitcher Sierra Amundson held Thompson to four hits en route to a 14-0 victory in the state semifinals.

Amundson struck out four batters and her defense committed no errors.

“It was fun,” Amundson said. “I feel really good about the game.”

Ali Tronson took charge on offense for Central Cass, driving in third baseman Jessie Roesler, a hit that started a six-run rally that put the Squirrels up 8-0 after three innings.

A series of fielder’s choices and a Thompson error gave Central Cass a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Tronson’s base hit in the fourth started another Central Cass rally. Junior Hannah Breske and senior Haley Weber added base hits to help build a 14-0 lead.

“I’m really proud of my team,” Tronson said. “They stayed focused and knew all the plays.”

Tronson finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Haley Weber drove in two runs.

Central Cass senior second baseman Bethany Voss added two hits and two RBIs with three runs.

Karleigh Weber paced Thompson. Weber went 2-for-2 while Bethany Ivesdal and Jettie Strand added one hit each.

The Squirrels advanced to today’s state title game against Enderlin-Maple Valley, a team Central Cass has had trouble with this season.

“We know that Enderlin is a good team,” Squirrels head coach Scott Kost said. “They’re the only team to beat us.”

Central Cass faced Enderlin-Maple Valley twice during the regular season and once during the South Region tournament, losing to the Falcons in all three encounters.

The Squirrels will get one last chance against the Falcons in the state title game. Kost is confident his team can get the job done.

“We are going to have to come out and play our game,” Kost said. “If we come out and execute like we have the last two games of the tournament, we’ll be fine.”

CC 116 60 – 14 10 0

T 000 00 – 0 2 3

Amundson and Tronson. Weber and Overby. W–Amundson. L–Weber.

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