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Chris Aarhus / Forum News Service, Published June 01 2013

Salentine, Voss spark Shanley's first state baseball championship

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Jake Salentine and Lincoln Voss didn’t pay any attention to preseason rankings or tournament seeds.

The Fargo Shanley duo took the same attitude into the state championship game Saturday, where the two combined on a two-hitter to give the Deacons their first North Dakota Class A state baseball title.

The 3-2 victory over West Fargo improved their record to 10-12 and also avenged a loss to the Packers in last year’s state-title game.

“It’s very special,” said Voss, a senior who earned the win by going five strong innings. “It felt really good because we were so close last year. We were able to finish it this year.”

The Deacons were the No. 7 seed in the East Region tournament, only to make a run to the title game where they fell to West Fargo.

“I bet everyone in the state underestimated us,” said Salentine, who closed out the last two innings for the save. “We came here ... played as a team ... won as a team. It’s a great feeling.”

Reliever Gabe Sandy was ready if called upon, but Salentine said he and Voss were hoping to get it done.

“He’s been my best friend this whole season. I wouldn’t have picked anyone else to do it with,” Salentine said. “He pitched a great game like always. He’s always on.”

There were only four hits in the game, but one of them was an RBI single from Tom George in the second inning that put the Deacons in front. Jake Erholtz and Chance Mistelski scored runs on two West Fargo errors in the fourth inning.

“We had a couple of errors that were really uncharacteristic on our part,” West Fargo coach Brett Peterson said. “You look at the hits column – two hits apiece. All the pitchers threw their guts out tonight. ... It was the kind of game we expected to see.”

The Packers’ runs came on a two-run single by Camran Bonnema in the fourth inning. They left the bases loaded in the sixth inning and put the game-tying runner on second in the seventh, but couldn’t bring him in.

“We just didn’t get a big hit,” Peterson said. “We left guys on base and a couple guys in scoring position. ... Both teams played their hearts out.”

West Fargo starter Adam Schroeder suffered the loss. The Packers brought in their ace Bonnema in the fifth, and he held the Deacons scoreless the rest of the way.

Still, Shanley did all the required damage in the first four innings, doing its part to continue the success of the boys programs this year. The football and basketball teams also won state championships.

“We’ve been working so hard for us,” Salentine said. “It feels incredible.”

Casey Quinlan of Fargo Davies was named Class A senior athlete of the year, while Jamestown’s Kelley Kessler earned coach of the year honors.

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Voss, Salentine (6) and Eide. Schroeder, Paper (4), Bonnema (5) and Bruenjes. W–Voss (3-3). L–Schroeder (0-1). S–Salentine.

All-tournament team

Devin Wagenman, Camran Bonnema, Kory Wolden, of West Fargo; Jake Salentine, Lincoln Voss, Gabe Sandy, of Shanley; Kole Bauer, Josh Seibel of Bismarck; Hunter Oothoudt, Minot; Casey Quinlan, Davies. Daniel Palmiscno, Grand Forks Red River; Dylan Skabo, Dickinson.

All-state team

Quinn Irey, Brandon Gieszler of Bismarck; Logan Krivoruchka, Bismarck Century; Dylan Skabo, Dickinson; Casey Quinlan, Fargo Davies; Seth Amundson, Seth Tollefson of Fargo North; Lincoln Voss, Fargo Shanley; Kaleb Binstock, Grand Forks Central; Danny Palmiscno, Grand Forks Red River; Joey Gebhardt, Jake Stilwell of Jamestown; Brady Zittleman, Mandan; Caleb Fornshell, Kolton Larson of Minot; Camran Bonnema, Ben Huber, Kory Wolden, of West Fargo; Caden Lerbakken, Williston.

Senior athlete of the year: Casey Quinlan, Fargo Davies.

Class A coach of the year: Kelley Kessler, Jamestown.

Aarhus writes for the Jamestown Sun