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Glenn Pursley, Published May 31 2013

Enderlin-Maple Valley prevails at ND Class B state softball

WEST FARGO – Enderlin-Maple Valley will get a chance to defend its state softball title.

Abbie Tinjum drove in the winning run and Megan Johnson hit a home run to help the Falcons to an 11-1 semifinal win over May-Port-CG at the North Dakota Class B state softball tournament.

Johnson led off the bottom of the fifth inning with her solo shot. Expecting an off-speed pitch, Johnson sat back on the pitch and sent it flying over the left-field fence.

“I was hoping I would sit back long enough,” Johnson said. “Normally I lunge forward and swing, but I just sat back and drilled it out there.”

With the bases loaded, Tinjum’s line drive scored shortstop Mackenzie Pfaff for the Falcons’ fourth run of the inning and 11th of the game, implementing the 10-run rule.

Tinjum went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Johnson had three RBIs off two hits. Center fielder Rylee Nudell added two singles to total seven hits for E-MV.

While the Falcons had control of their bats, starting pitcher Kaylee Johnson did her best to prevent the Patriots from doing so.

Johnson pitched a complete game one-hitter and struck out nine. She allowed only one run off a sacrifice fly hit by the Patriots’ Jordan Ust.

The Falcons advance to the championship game today and will face Central Cass. Last year, the Falcons beat the Squirrels 2-1.

“We want it pretty bad,” Tinjum said. “We want to keep the title in our name.”

Falcons first-year head coach Lacey Hauser added: “They couldn’t be more excited to be there for the second time, and I’m more than pumped to be there for the first time.”

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