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Jeff Kolpack, Published May 31 2013

West Fargo hangs on for ND state softball victory

WEST FARGO – One streak is over. The one that really counts to the West Fargo softball program, 15 straight titles, is still going.

Bismarck Century ended the Packers’ scoreless streak that reached 76 innings on Friday night. But Jolene Woodbury’s sharp single to left scored Paige Andel from third base in the seventh inning, giving West Fargo a 2-1 win in the North Dakota Class A state tournament semifinals at Elmwood Park.

“She knows what to do with the bat,” Andel said of Woodbury, who earlier in the game homered. “She’s a very aggressive hitter.”

So was Andel in the seventh with her leadoff double to the fence.

“I’ve been waiting for that hit all season,” she said. “I’ve done it in batting practice, but not so much in a game.”

It looked to be another West Fargo shutout until Century’s Brianna Flynn led off the top of the seventh with a hard line drive off the glove of pitcher Brittany Rheault. She was sacrificed to second and took third on a ground out.

With two out and two strikes, Allie Holland found a hole between Rheault and home plate, and her little bloop went for a single and a 1-1 tie.

“That would normally spin foul,” said Packers head coach Pat Johnson. “But instead of putting our heads down, we came back to play, and that showed the kind of character these kids have.”

As for the scoreless streak, Johnson it didn’t matter to him or the players.

“All that matters is that we keep battling,” he said.

BC 000 000 1– 1 3 1

WF 010 000 1– 2 4 0

Miller and Holland. Rheault and Leibl. W–Rheault. L–Miller. HR, West Fargo, Woodbury.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia