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Glenn Pursley, Published May 31 2013

Central Cass edges Kindred-Richland at ND Class B state softball

WEST FARGO – Head coach Scott Kost and Central Cass set one goal at the beginning of the season, and that was to make another appearance in the North Dakota Class B state softball tournament title game. On Friday, that goal was achieved.

The Squirrels’ Alissa Erickson clubbed a double and Kennedy Bresnahan and Sierra Amundson added run-scoring singles to pave the way to a 5-4 semifinal win over Kindred-Richland at Elmwood Park. The Squirrels advance to the state championship game for the second year in a row.

“I give all the credit to the girls,” Kost said. “They’ve worked hard. The goal that they set at the beginning of the year was to be back in (the championship game), and that’s where we’re at.”

With two outs in the second inning, Erickson’s one-run double scored first baseman Jayden Spooner to tie the game.

Bresnahan followed with a bunt single and Amundson ripped a line drive to center field to score Mercedes Sweep.

Sweep reached on a Vikings’ error in the previous at-bat. That same error allowed Bresnahan to cross the plate for a 4-1 advantage.

The Squirrels tallied five hits and committed only two errors.

Starting on the mound, Amundson gave up six hits, walked one and struck out a pair of batters.

“It feels great,” Amundson said. “I’ve got a great defense behind me and I have 100 percent confidence in them. They’ve made plays all year. Today wasn’t our best performance, but tomorrow will be better. We’re going to go out and play.”

The Vikings gave the Squirrels a scare in the sixth inning.

Savannah Christensen hit a double that scored Cheyenne Gurley before Shelby Grabanski hit a one-run single that brought the Vikings within one run.

The Squirrels will get another shot at the defending champion Enderlin-Maple Valley today in the state title game. Last year, the Falcons won 2-1.

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