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Glenn Pursley , Published June 01 2013

Central Cass tops E-MV for Class B softball title

WEST FARGO – Two days ago, the Central Cass softball program achieved its season goal by making it to the state championship game for the second year in a row. But this year, the Squirrels took it one step further.

Catcher Ali Tronson hit a three-run home run and Kennedy Bresnahan added three hits to lead the Squirrels to a 12-4 win over defending champion Enderlin-Maple Valley on Saturday in the North Dakota Class B state softball tournament championship at Elmwood Park.

Tronson’s home run in the sixth inning scored Sierra Amundson and Macie Romsdal.

“It’s funny,” Squirrels head coach Scott Kost said. “Right before that, I was talking to the umpires and said, ‘There is no lead that I’m comfortable with in this game.’ And so after she hit it I gotta admit, I took a sigh of relief.”

Bresnahan added: “Everyone went wild.”

Tronson’s homer gave the Squirrels a nine-run lead with only one inning to play.

“I thought I might get robbed again,” Tronson said, referring to her sacrifice fly in the first inning. “But when I saw it hit that tent, I was happy it was out. Finishing out like this my senior year feels amazing.”

Bresnahan laid down a bunt single – her third hit of the game – to start the sixth. Amundson followed with a line drive up the middle to set up Tronson’s homer.

Bresnahan hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, reached on a bunt in the first and finished with two RBIs.

“It’s always nice,” Bresnahan said. “When you aren’t hitting the best, someone on our team will always step it up. Overall I thought our whole team hit well today.”

The Squirrels had four hits in the fourth inning and six in the sixth, totaling 14 in the game.

While the Squirrels offense shined, Morgan Titus kept the Falcons quiet.

Titus pitched a complete game, struck out one and gave up only four runs and five hits to a team that’s proven its worth.

“It feels really great,” Titus said. “I know I don’t strike a lot of batters out, but I can always count on (my defense).”

On their quest for the title, the Squirrels racked up 28 hits and outscored their opponents 27-8.

“She pitched a super game,” Kost said. “I was really impressed with how we hit the ball today. We came out and scored 12 runs against a really good team. It’s a super, super effort and we are really proud of the kids.”

Facing an uphill battle, Falcons first baseman Cassandra Pautz wasn’t ready to call it quits. She picked up her only hit of the game with two outs in the seventh inning and drove in one run.

It was an effort that Falcons coach Lacey Hauser has noticed all season from her team.

“They worked so hard to get here, and it showed in that last game,” Hauser said. “They put up five runs in that sixth inning, and for us to come back and still want it is commendable. That’s how the entire season has been for them.”

E-MV 010 200 0– 4 5 1

CC 300 405 x– 12 14 5

K. Johnson and M. Johnson. Titus and Tronson. W–Titus. L–K. Johnson. HR–CC, Tronson, 1.

Third place: Kindred-Richland 10, May-Port-CG 1

Greta Klinnert struck out six to help Kindred-Richland take third place with a win over May-Port-CG.

Molly Pfeifer drove in two runs off two hits and Cheyenne Peterson had a double to finish with two hits.

The Patriots were led by Sonja Bilden, who tallied two hits and Kari Ust, who scored their only run.

MPCG 010 000 0– 1 8 6

KR 320 401 x– 10 8 0

Rygg and M. Evans. Klinnert and Johnson. W–Klinnert. L–Rygg.

Fifth place: Grafton 16, Thompson 14

Grafton’s Emma Papenfuss had two hits and four RBIs to pace the Spoilers to a win over Thompson.

Erica Sevigny, Desirae Contreras and Karly Kennelly each had two RBIs for Grafton.

G 300 132 7–16 12 5

T 203 242 1–14 12 6

Osowski and Sevigny. Weber, Stoe (7) and Overby. W–Osowki. L–Stoe.

Seventh place: Kenmare-B-MLS 11, Watford City 7

Kenmare-Bowbells-MLS’s Kilee Radzwill batted 3-for-4 and drove in three runs en route to a win over Watford City to take seventh place.

McKayla Haugeberg led Watford City with three hits and one RBI.

KBMLS 037 000 1–11 7 4

WC 041 010 1– 7 8 3

Abernathey and Brown. Hopkins and Te. Dwyer. W–Abernathey. L–Hopkins.

All-State team

Kenmare-Bowbells-MLS: Emily Abernathey, Shania Brackenberry.

Grafton: Nikki Christensen, Erica Sevigny.

Watford City: McKayla Haugeber, Tori Hopkins.

Thompson: Sami Hegg, Emily Overby.

Enderlin-Maple Valley: Kaylee Johnson, Megan Johnson.

Kindred-Richland: Greta Klinnert, Cheyenne Peterson.

Hankinson-Fairmount: Karissa Krump.

Hillsboro-Central Valley: Tedi Perkins.

Central Cass: Morgan Titus, Ali Tronson.

Outstanding senior athlete

Ali Tronson, Central Cass

Senior athlete of the year

Ali Tronson Central Cass

Coach of the year

Scott Kost, Central Cass

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549