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Tom Mix, Published August 02 2013

Dickinson tops Grand Forks at Class A state Legion tournament

WEST FARGO – Earlier this summer, Dickinson lost both ends of an American Legion baseball doubleheader in extra innings to Grand Forks.

On Friday, the Roughriders and Royals were locked in another tight matchup, but Dickinson finally broke through for a 2-0 victory during a loser-out game at the North Dakota Class A state tournament at Veteran’s Memorial Field.

Dickinson (25-23) scored two runs in the seventh inning and held off a ninth-inning rally by the Royals to stay alive in the tournament. The Roughriders advance and play at noon today.

“When we played them earlier in the year, we played nine innings the first game and 10 innings in the second game, but came up short in both,” Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. “It was nice to get this one today.”

Dickinson defeated Minot 5-4 earlier in the day to secure the matchup with the Royals.

The Roughriders have leaned on pitching and defense this tournament, and both were working Friday. After Taylor Kraenzel pitched seven innings in a win against the Vistas, Brett Schweitzer tossed seven shutout innings and only allowed three hits to the Royals.

“He did a nice job,” Grand Forks head coach Nick Chine said of Schweitzer. “We only got three hits off of him, and they banged us around for 11 (hits).”

In all four of its games at the tournament, Dickinson’s starting pitchers have gone at least seven innings and have two complete games.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Hansen said. “When their number is called, they go out on the mound and they are getting it done.”

Grand Forks (32-18-1) opened the tournament with a walk-off victory against Wahpeton on Wednesday, but was unable to complete late-inning rallies in its losses to Bismarck and Dickinson.

The Royals started the ninth inning with a leadoff single by Dylan Dufault. Later, Grand Forks had runners on first and second with one out, but Dickinson was able to escape, getting Kaden Monette to fly out and Colin Hennessy to strike out. Dickinson reliever James Kary was brought in to face Hennessy. Kary recorded the save in both of Dickinson’s wins on Friday.

“We had our opportunities,” Chine said. “We couldn’t find a way for someone to punch a hole through the defense and get that big hit for us like we did in the first game.”

Michael McChesney scored Dickinson’s first run on a squeeze play and Luke Herauf scored Dylan Skabo with an RBI single.

“We put together some at-bats in the game,” Dickinson right fielder Cole Anderson said. “It was going back and forth. Both pitchers were pitching really well and nobody could seem to cross the plate. We scored two runs in the seventh inning, and that was the difference in the game.”

Grand Forks 000 000 000–0 5 0

Dickinson 000 000 20x–2 11 1

Palmiscno and Kemnitz (8) and Walters, Palmiscno (8). Schweitzer, Bast (8), Kary (9) and Erickson. W– Schweitzer. L– Palmiscno. S–Kary.

Dickinson 5, Minot 4

Dickinson went to a proven product on the pitching mound when it needed three big outs in the ninth inning on Friday.

Head coach Cory Hansen called on James Kary to cool a late-inning rally by Minot, and the 6-foot-2 veteran right-hander delivered by striking out the side to seal a 5-4 win in a loser-out game at Veterans Memorial Field.

Kary entered the game after reliever Alex Bast walked Minot’s Marcus Quist to lead off the ninth inning. Kary gave up a base hit to Brock Krueger and then an RBI single to Austin Berntson, which cut the Roughriders’ lead to one run. Worse yet, Dickinson had yet to record an out and the tying and go-ahead runs were on for the Vistas.

Minot failed to move the runners up with a bunt, and Kary settled down, getting Hunter Oothoudt, Grant Larson and Brady Lampert all to go down on strikes.

Alex Huschka was 3-for-4 for the Roughriders.

Minot 011 000 011–4 9 1

Dickinson 000 002 30x–5 11 2

Danielson, Ryan (7), Jacob (7) and Oothoudt. Kraenzel, Bast (8), Kary (9) and Erickson. W–Kraenzel. L–Danielson. S–Kary.

Wahpeton 14,

Jamestown 3 (7)

Alex Lunneborg was

3-for-5 with two RBIs and Tyler Gripentrog was

3-for-4 with two RBIs to help Wahpeton to 14-3 victory over Jamestown on Friday in a loser-out game at Veterans Memorial Field.

Nate Albrecht pitched all seven innings for Wahpeton. Albrecht posted six strikeouts and only gave up three runs off seven hits.

Jamestown finishes the year 23-20.

Wahpeton 035 021 3–14 19 1

Jamestown 100 001 1–3 7 4

Albrecht and Lunneborg. Stilwell, Schafer (7) and Anderson. W–Albrecht. L–Stilwell

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