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Tom Mix, Published June 01 2012

Minot Ryan's Stewart tosses no-hitter against Fargo North in Class A softball

WEST FARGO – Hannah Stewart’s first start at pitcher during the North Dakota Class A state softball tournament was not bad. Her second start was even better.

Stewart posted 12 strikeouts and tossed a no-hitter, leading the Lions to an 8-0 victory over Fargo North on Friday at Elmwood Park in the state semifinals.

“It’s kind of like the icing on the cake,” Stewart said of the no-hitter. “I wasn’t even thinking about it honestly. I didn’t even know about it until they announced it.”

Stewart struck out the side in the first and third innings. She improved to 18-2.

It didn’t look like Stewart, a freshman, had her same dominating arsenal of pitches she displayed in Thursday’s quarterfinals win over Devils Lake when she walked North’s April Krenelka to lead off the game. She hit Mara Teschendorf later in the first, but after that the Spartans never had another base runner.

Stewart retired the final 20 batters, including a strikeout of Anna Mellick to seal the no-hitter.

“I just tried to focus on each batter,” Stewart said. “I just tried to throw like I normally do. I didn’t try to do anything special.”

“I think she changed speeds well today,” Minot Ryan head coach Fred Mueller said. “Maddie (Lipp) called a great game behind the plate for her. Hannah got up down and in and out. Her changeups were working.”

North didn’t have an answer for Stewart. The Spartans only put eight balls in the field of play the entire game.

North 000 000 0–0 0 3

Minot Ryan 222 020 x–8 9 0

Novacek, Fischer (3) and Teschendorf. Stewart and Lipp. W – Stewart. L – Novacek.

Consolation semifinals

Dickinson 5,

Devils Lake 4 (8)

Dickinson sophomore catcher Lexi Yates had an RBI single in the eighth inning to lead the Midgets to victory in the consolation semifinals.

The Firebirds scored a run in the top half of the eighth.

Kelsey LaFond later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Yates’ hit scored pinch runner Riley Cooper.

DL 000 210 01– 4 9 2

Dickinson 101 000 02– 5 9 2

Hornstein and Yoder. Butterfield, Jahner (6) and Yates. W – Jahner. L – Hornstein.

Grand Forks Red River 10, Bismarck 8

Emily Lundby hit a two-run home run in the first inning to spark Red River to a 10-8 victory in the consolation semifinals.

The Roughriders (11-11) built an 8-2 lead after three innings. The Demons stormed back to score four runs in the fourth inning.

Bismarck plays Devils Lake at 10 a.m. today for seventh place.

Bismarck 110 411 0– 8 12 1

Red River 314 002 x–10 7 3

Wittenburg, Standing Elk (1) and Blair. Lundby and Dahl. W–Lundby. L–Wittenburg.

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