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Chris Aarhus / Forum News Service, Published May 31 2013

Shanley claims spot in North Dakota Class A baseball championship

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Gabe Sandy likely won’t forget his first varsity home run anytime soon, and neither will his teammates.

The Fargo Shanley junior crushed a 1-1 pitch over the left-field fence in the third inning that stood as the only run in the Deacons’ 1-0 victory over Grand Forks Red River on Friday at Jack Brown Stadium.

The North Dakota Class A state tournament semifinal victory has Shanley looking to avenge last year’s championship game loss to West Fargo at approximately 7 tonight. The Packers downed Dickinson 3-0 to earn their spot.

“We’re hoping for a little revenge,” Sandy said. “They got us last year. We’re hoping to play the best game we can.”

Sandy’s home run off Red River starter Brady Regimbal gave the Deacons a sigh of relief. It was the first hit allowed by Regimbal in the game.

“My last home run was 13-year-old Babe Ruth,” Sandy said with a smile. “It felt good off the bat. Luckily, it cleared the fence.”

Shanley starter Jake Salentine said he was plenty confident before the round-tripper. The junior ended up throwing a complete-game shutout, scattering three hits while walking three and striking out two.

“I’m not gonna say (the home run) was all I needed, but I felt like I was in the zone today,” said Salentine.

Salentine said a chance to play West Fargo again for a state title is something he’s been thinking about all season.

“You’ve gotta have it in the back of your head; you just can’t forget about it,” he said.

A steady rain started in the fourth inning, which coincidentally led to more baserunners. Red River stranded eight runners in the game, including leaving the bases loaded in the fifth.

“We didn’t do a nice job of putting the ball in play,” said Red River coach Mark Varriano, who team plays Dickinson for third place. “We just didn’t come through with the sticks.”

The homer spoiled a strong start from Regimbal, who threw six innings of three-hit ball. He walked one and struck out five.

GFRR 000 000 0–0 3 2

FS 001 000 x–1 3 3

Regimbal and Palmiscno. Salentine and Eide. W–Salentine (4-1). L–Regimbal (0-2). HR–FS, Sandy.

Consolation

Fargo Davies 3, Jamestown 1

Casey Quinlan fired a one-hitter, striking out nine Jamestown batters to get the Eagles (15-9) into the fifth-place game.

The Davies ace went six innings, allowing an unearned run in the second inning to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Gunnar Linstaedt and Bryton Buth had RBI singles in the sixth inning for what proved to be the game-winning runs against Jamestown starter Joey Gebhardt.

Jamestown (14-7) plays Minot for seventh today.

J 010 000 0–1 1 1

FD 010 002 x–3 6 2

Gebhardt and Hogan. Quinlan, Peterson (7) and Horner. W–Quinlan (4-0). L–Gebhardt (3-3). S–Peterson.

Bismarck 4, Minot 3

Josh Seibel had problems giving up the long ball, but the Bismarck starting pitcher held firm otherwise in getting the Demons to the fifth-place game against Fargo Davies.

He went seven innings, surrendering three runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out nine.

Bismarck scored a run in the second and fourth innings.

M 200 100 0–3 5 2

B 010 120 x–4 7 1

Oothoudt, Fornshell (6) and Smith. Seibel and Irey. W–Seibel (3-2). L–Oothoudt (2-1). HR–M, Lambert, Larson.


Aarhus writes for the Jamestown Sun