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Scooter Pursley / Special to The Forum, Published May 30 2013

Carrington claims victory after rain delay

MANDAN, N.D. – First it rained on everybody. Then, Carrington rained runs on Trinity Christian-Trenton on Thursday in the first round of the North Dakota Class B state baseball tournament.

Nearly two inches of rain delayed the tourney opener for 50 minutes, but once the game got started, the Cardinals started scoring. They took a 3-0 lead in the first inning en route to an 11-1 victory.

“Our goal is to score one run an inning and get to seven in every game,” Carrington coach Wayne Shipman said. “When we’ve scored seven runs, we’ve won. We wanted to get a run in the first, we got three, and wanted to put pressure on them.”

Taylor Skytland walked to open the game and stole second. He scored on Brady Smith’s single, and Smith scored on Austin Hewitt’s single.

Three poor defensive efforts hurt the young Tigers, many of them new to high school baseball.

“The first inning we came out and as good as we played in the regional … we looked like we kind of forgot everything. We had a rough start,” coach David Huck said. “We threw the ball around a little that first inning. We didn’t help out pitcher.”

Trinity Christian-Trenton (12-8) scored its only run in the first inning. Michael Rademacher reached on a fielder’s choice and made his way to third on back-to-back hit batsmen. Austin Schell then grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Rademacher.

Carrington (13-2) starter Patrick Freeman shut the Tigers down from there, limiting them to three hits and striking out five.

Alex Nelson had three hits for Carrington, which added three runs in the third and five in the fourth. Nelson had two doubles, drove in two runs and scored twice. Austin Hewitt had two hits, drove in two and scored two, and Brady Smith scored three times.

Trinity Christian-Trenton starter Trenton Hove went three innings and gave up 11 runs. He struck out two.

C 303 50 –11 8 1

TCT 100 00 – 1 3 5

Freeman and Rosenau. Hove, Bjerke (4) and Huck. W–Freeman. L–Hove.

Central Cass 7,

Harvey-Wells County 0

Central Cass left-handed pitcher Ellery Bresnahan was double trouble for Harvey-Wells County on Thursday in the opening round.

Bresnahan tossed a four-hitter, had two hits and banged out one of the Squirrels’ five doubles in a win over the Hornets. Bresnahan struck out 11 in leading Central Cass (11-4) into today’s semifinals against Carrington.

Bresnahan struck out the first three batters and the last two.

“I started out throwing fastballs, but they started catching up to that. They are a great hitting team,” Bresnahan said. “Then I mixed it up a little bit.”

Only two Harvey-Wells County players advanced as far as third base.

Austan Schmidt pitched a complete game for the Hornets (9-2). It was a 2-0 game until the Squirrels scored five times in the seventh to break it open. He had a four-hitter until Central Cass banged out five hits in the seventh.

The first two batters of the game scored the only runs until the seventh.

Bresnahan singled to start the game and stole second. Chad Rehovsky doubled him home and went to third on a Garrett Ebach groundout. Mitch Scheer then lined a double to left to score Rehovsky.

After that, it became a pitching duel between Schmidt and Bresnahan.

The Hornets’ first threat was in the third. But Bresnahan struck out Mark Nyhus and got Todd Selzler to ground out with runners on second and third.

HWC 000 000 0–0 4 3

CC 200 005 x–7 9 0

Schmidt and Nyhus. Bresnahan and Hackmann. W–Bresnahan. L–Schmidt.

Beulah 14, Thompson 3

If you give Beulah enough chances, odds are the Miners are going to score some runs.

The defending state champions opened the state Class B baseball tournament with a 14-3, six-inning victory over Thompson on Thursday at Mandan’s Memorial Ballpark.

The Miners broke open a close game late, sending 12 men to the plate and erupting for eight runs in the top of the sixth inning.

B 301 118 –14 15 0

T 100 020 –3 7 3

Becker, Behm (5) and Muscha. Walsh, Nistler (6) and Dolleslager. W–Becker. L–Walsh. HR- B, Muscha; Hintz.

Grafton 5, Minot Ryan 0

Grafton gave Zak Hernandez an early lead, and the sophomore right-hander took care of the rest.

The Spoilers blanked Minot Ryan in the opening round of the state Class B baseball tournament on Thursday at Mandan Memorial Ballpark.

Grafton scored all five of its runs in the opening two frames, which allowed Hernandez to attack the Lions hitters.

MR 000 000 0–0 6 1

G 320 000 x–5 8 0

Sanders, Eggl (3) and Magnuson. Hernandez, Villarreal (7) and Thompson. W–Hernandez. L–Sanders.