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Glenn Pursley, Published May 30 2013

Kindred-Richland, Central Cass prevail at ND Class B state softball

WEST FARGO – After Kindred-Richland’s performance in the opening round of the North Dakota Class B state softball tournament Thursday, few would believe it’s the team’s first tournament appearance.

The Vikings’ Savannah Christensen struck out seven and Cheyenne Peterson had a two-run home run to pace the Vikings to a 14-2 win over Kenmare-Bowbells-MLS at Elmwood Park.

Peterson’s two-run shot came in the top of the sixth inning to give the Vikings a 10-run advantage.

“It was my first out-of-the-park home run ever,” Peterson said. “It feels great.”

The Vikings wasted no time getting the bats going.

Madison Johnson and Bailey Dougherty started things off with RBI singles that scored Carly Knudsen and starting shortstop Molly Pfeifer.

Peterson kept the streak going in the second with a base hit that scored Knudsen and Pfeifer to pick up two of her four RBIs.

Johnson finished 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, and eighth grader Grace Holzhey had three hits and scored two runs.

The Vikings had eight of their 14 hits in the first two innings.

The Vikings advance to the state semifinals against Central Cass at 2 p.m. today.

“It’s good for these young kids to get a big first win at state,” Vikings head coach Mike Oehlke said. “They were really nervous before the game. But all in all it was a good job. (Central Cass) is a lot more athletic and a lot older, so we need to just stay in the game and not give them any extra bases.”

KR 340 133 – 14 14 2

KBMLS 000 000 – 2 3 2

Abernathy and Brown. Christensen, Klinnert (5) and Johnson. W–Christensen. L–Abernathy.

Central Cass 10, Grafton 0

Central Cass’ Morgan Titus pitched a three-hit complete game and Ali Tronson hit a home run to beat Grafton 10-0 in an opening-round game.

Tronson homered in the second inning to score Macie Romsdal. Titus and first baseman Jaden Spooner had back-to-back doubles in the third to tack on six runs off four hits and take an 8-0 lead.

Tronson and Titus finished with two RBIs each and Spooner drove in one run.

Alissa Erickson had a leadoff triple for the Squirrels in the fifth before making it across the plate off a wild pitch thrown by Grafton’s Megan Osowski for the game-winning run.

“It’s good to get the first-game jitters out of the way, and that’s exactly what we did,” Squirrels head coach Scott Kost said. “Now we should be able to play our game the rest of the tournament. We just want to take it one game at a time.”

Up next for the Squirrels is Kindred-Richland today. The Squirrels beat the Vikings twice during the regular season.

Grafton 000 00 – 0 4 1

Central Cass 026 11 –10 7 0

Collette, Osowski (4) and Sevgny. Titus and Tronson. W–Titus. L–Collette. HR­–CC, Tronson 1.


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