Grand Forks batters Minot to move on
Kaden Monette wasn’t concerned about Minot rallying on Friday night.
“I was seeing the ball really well and putting it in play,” Monette said. “I had good swings. ... There wasn’t a lot of pressure. We knew we could handle them.”
Second-seeded Grand Forks kept its season alive and meets Jamestown or West Fargo at 3 p.m. today.
“Pitching depth is one of our strengths, so I’m not too concerned about that,” Grand Forks coach Nick Chine said. “For us, it’s always about offense.”
Offense wasn’t an issue against Minot, pounding out 18 hits and forcing Minot to go deep into its well. The Vistas used six pitchers.
“I don’t know if we so much figured out their pitching as much as they were thin on pitching,” Chine said. “That certainly helped us.”
In the fourth inning, Binstock had an RBI single to tie the game at two and Monette’s ensuing two-run single gave Grand Forks the lead for good, which didn’t surprise Chine.
“He’s in the nine-hole for a reason,” Chine said. “He turns the lineup over for us. If he reaches, he’s a threat to steal every bag.”
Grand Forks dumped 10 runs on Minot in the fifth inning, sending 15 batters to the plate. However, Minot rallied for six runs in the bottom half to get within five at 14-9.
The inning conjured up bad memories for Chine, whose team gave up an eight-run lead to Minot at the state tournament a few years ago.
“They’ve proven that they are resilient,” Chine said of the Vistas. “There wasn’t any quit in them.”
Chaise Anderson and Jace Braathen also had big days with four RBIs each for the Royals, who went to Brandon Walters in relief of starter Colin Hennessy in the fourth. Walters went the rest of the way for the win.
Minot (27-23) was paced by the four-hit efforts of Grant Larson and Austin Eggl.
Minot 8, Fargo Post 400 7
Jake Magnuson’s three-run single tied the game and Chandler Jacob’s line drive plated Magnuson as Minot rallied with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate Fargo Post 400 in the first game on Friday.
Minot’s Grant Larson and Dalton Cooper both hit home runs, while the win on the hill went to Trever Ringoen in relief.
Fargo Post 400 (6-24) saw starter Erik Engel throw 172 pitches, going 8 2/3 innings in the loss.
Grand Forks 18, Minot 10
Grand Forks 000 4(10)4 000 — 18 18 1
Minot 002 160 010 — 10 15 0
Colin Hennessy, Brandon Walters (5) and Kaleb Binstock. Shawn Danielson, Trever Ringoen (4), Hunter Duttenhefer (5), Alex Arrayan (5), Brady Lampert (6), Conor Taney (6) and Braden Lach. W—Walters. L—Danielson.
HR: M, Larson.
Highlights: GF, Kaden Monette 3-4, walk, HBP, 2 R, 3 RBIs, Jace Braathen 2-6, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, Chaise Anderson 3-5, walk, double, 4 RBIs. M, Austin Eggl 4-6, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, walk, Grant Larson 4-5, walk, 2 R, 2 RBIs.
Records: Grand Forks 37-11, Minot 27-23.
Minot 8, Fargo Post 400 7
Fargo 020 400 000 — 7 11 2
Minot 003 100 004 — 4 8 9
Austin Engel, Conner Ryan (9) and Dave Mehlhoff. Grant Larson, Dalton Cooper (4), Trever Ringoen (8) and Jake Magnuson. W—Ringoen. L—Engel.
HR: Minot, Larson, Cooper.
Highlights: Fargo, Mehlhoff 2-4, Kaden Steiner 2-5. M, Austin Eggl 2-5, RBI, R.
Records: Fargo Post 400 6-24, Minot 27-22.
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