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Glenn Pursley, Published May 30 2013

May-Port-CG, Enderlin-Maple Valley win games at ND Class B state softball

WEST FARGO – There’s no better to way to start your first state tournament with a comeback over a top-seeded team. Just ask Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg.

The Patriots rallied to defeat Watford City, the No. 1-seeded team from the North Region, 6-5 Thursday in their debut appearance at the North Dakota Class B state softball tournament at Elmwood Park.

“I think we have a lot more to give,” Patriots coach Cindy Strand said. “But man it was great to come out strong. We talked a lot about visualization and going out and having fun.”

Third basemen Amanda Evans started things for the Patriots in the fifth inning. Her leadoff single put her into position to score of Kelsey Pladson’s double.

Megan Evans would reach on an error and Pladson would come around to score on an interference call near third base. The next batter, Evans scored on a wild pitch to take a 5-4 lead.

Patriots pitcher Carolyn Rygg struck out 10 and walked one to pick up her first post-season win.

“It feels amazing, my heart won’t stop beating fast,” Rygg said. “It feels so good that I had a team behind me that got the ground balls, got the pop flies … it just feels so great.”

The Patriots advance to the semifinals to face defending state champion Enderlin-Maple Valley.

MPCG 001 140 0– 6 6 1

Watford City 013 001 0– 5 2 2

Rygg and M. Evans. Hopkins and T. Dwyer. W–Rygg. L–Hopkins.

Enderlin-Maple Valley 15, Thompson 2

Enderlin-Maple Valley had 10 hits, four for extra bases, as the No. 2-seeded Falcons beat Thompson 15-2.

Seniors Cassandra Pautz and Taylor Benneweis hit doubles for the Falcons and freshman Riley Nudell and starting catcher Megan Johnson knocked triples.

“Everyone one was on the ball today,” Megan Johnson said. “We hit really well and also fielded well which helped out our pitcher quite a bit.”

Nudell’s run-scoring triple came after a trio of walks from Tommies’ starting pitcher Karleigh Weber. Johnson and Pautz hit back-to-back doubles in the second to take a 5-1 lead.

“It was nice to get it done in five,” Falcons head coach Lacey Hauser said. “We’re not going to let up. We’re looking for that ten run rule and we are gonna go after it.”

Thompson 100 10 – 2 0 1

Enderlin-MV 325 5x – 15 10 0

Weber, Stoe (4) and Overby. K. Johnson and M. Johnson. W–K. Johnson. L–Weber.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549