Day Two Results at State Babe Ruth

HETTINGER, N.D.  (  Day two of the 2015 edition of the North Dakota State Babe Ruth Class B Tourney started Saturday morning with two elimination games at Mirror Lake Ballpark.  The first three games were all decided by 10-run rule in five innings, but the second quarterfinal game was a thriller.

Thompson 16  Washburn 5,  5 innings (elimination game)

Washburn was in the lead 5-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, when Thompson exploded for nine runs in the third and seven in the fourth to get the victory.  With the loss, Washburn was eliminated going 0-2.

Valley City 12  Hettinger/Scranton 0, 5 innings (elimination game)

Valley City took control early scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning and then scoring at least two more runs every inning after until the fifth to beat the Bears of Hettinger/Scranton.  Valley City knocks out HS as they lose both of their games.  Rylee Bjork was the winning pitcher throwing a three hit shutout, he also added two hits offensively.  Shortstop Avery Bennefeld was 3-for-3 at the plate knocking in four runs and scoring a run.  Lead off man Devin Anderson was 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the second inning, along with three RBI and scored two runs.  It was Anderson’s third home run of the year.

Kindred 22  Velva 3, 5 innings (quarterfinal)

The defending Babe Ruth Champs made their presence known with a 19 run victory in the first quarterfinal.  Starting pitcher Michael Hall was the winning pitcher and player of the game, he was 4-for-5 at the plate and scored a run.  

Carrington 11  Grafton 8 (quarterfinal)

In a game that featured three lead changes and two ties and despite two home runs from Grafton, Carrington gets the victory and moves into the semifinal game against Kindred on Sunday.  Carrington scored three runs in the top of the seventh to break an eight all tie.  Starting pitcher Jayden Shipman for Carrington worked the bottom of the seventh, he would retire the first two batters he faced, then issue a walk, then strike out the next batter to get the win.  Kyle Leapaldt and Shipman had three hits each for Carrington.  Grafton’s Jacob Keeley had a solo home run in the bottom of the third and his teammate Andrew Schaan hit a two-run shot in the sixth to tie the game at eight.  

SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE: (all times central)

1pm – Grafton vs. Thompson (elimination game, game 1)

3:30pm – Velva vs. Valley City (elimination game, game 2) (radio coverage AM 1490 KOVC and

6pm – Kindred vs. Carrington (semifinal) (radio coverage – AM 1600 KDAK, 103.9 The Truck and

8:30pm – winner of game 1 vs. winner of game 2 (elimination game)    

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Three Teams Left At State “B” Legion

LAMOURE ( After the fourth day of the 2015 North Dakota State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament, just three teams have a shot to win the championship.

Oakes 2 Nelson County 1

Post 36 Oakes made it to Sunday play after another strong showing from Jon Tyre on the mound. The future Valley City State University pitcher allowed just one run in the seventh inning, on four hits, and struck out another nine to earn the victory.

Oakes scored their runs in the third and sixth inning; both times as the result of errors; meaning the runs Jonathan Lund allowed were both unearned. 

Michael Kelly earned the only extra-base hit of the game, with a one out double in the sixth.

Park River 14 Carrington 8

In the second game of the day, Park River established an early 5-0 lead on Carrington, and despite letting the defending State Champions back into the mix late, with five runs scored in the final two innings; Esten Beneda held his own to pick up the win, while striking out seven batters in the process.

Park River managed 18 hits in the game to Carrington’s eight, and there were a combined 21 men left on base between the two teams. Brady Smith took the loss for Carrington, lasting only the first inning, walking two and surrendering five runs on four hits.

The tournament concludes Sunday with a pair of games. Oakes and Park River will meet at 2 p.m., followed by the winner taking on Carrington for the State Championship at around 4:30 p.m. Both games can be heard on TED-FM 98.3 and, with the games featuring Oakes simulcast on KDDR-AM 1220/95.9 FM.

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Motorcycle Deer Crash Near Kindred Injures Warroad Woman

KINDRED, ND – ( A Warroad, Minnesota woman was injured after the motorcycle she was riding on was struck by a deer southwest of Kindred on Friday morning.

The Highway Patrol says the driver Brian Larson was southbound on highway 18 when a deer attempted to jump over the top of the motorcycle and struck the left side of the bike. The impact forced the motorcycle off the roadway and into the ditch.

A passenger Denise Larson was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a Fargo hospital. The driver was not injured.

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Carrington Moves on at State Babe Ruth

HETTINGER, N.D.  (  The opening day of the 2015 State Class B Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament started Friday at Mirror Lake Ballpark in Hettinger.  Eight teams took the field in the double elimination tourney that runs for four days and possibly a fifth next Tuesday.  

In the third game today, Carrington defeated Valley City 17-7 to move on the quarterfinals starting Saturday.  Left fielder Drew Page was 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring three times and an RBI.  Eight out nine batters had a hit for Carrington, Payton Smith reached base twice but did not get a hit.  Bryce Nelson and Reese Huschka had two hits each for Valley City.  

Carrington will play tomorrow at 7:30pm central time against the winner of Grafton and Hettinger/Scranton.  Valley City will play tomorrow at 2:30pm central time against the loser of Grafton and Hettinger/Scranton.  Pregame will be about 10 minutes before on KDAK in Carrington and KOVC in Valley City.  KOVC will following all Valley City games throughout the tourney, and KDAK will be covering all Carrington games throughout the tourney.  


Kindred defeats Thompson 7-6 in 8 innings

Velva defeats Washburn 5-2

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