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Kyle Leapaldt has proven to be a big-game pitcher for Carrington, and he's only a sophomore. Thursday at the state Class B tournament in Jamestown, Leapaldt delivered again. Buoyed by a 15-hit barrage, Leapaldt spun six scoreless innings on the mound to help the Cardinals reach the state semifinals for the third straight year with an 8-2 win over Minot Ryan. "Maybe we haven't hit the greatest all the time this year, but we got it going tonight," said Leapaldt, who went 2-for-4. And for the pitching?
Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg-Hatton-Northwood had more towns in its name then it had wins in the regular season. That's six communities to four victories for the record. And the Patriots were three outs away from an upset of major proportions Thursday, June 1, at the North Dakota Class B state softball tournament at Trapper Field. That's when unbeaten Des Lacs-Burlington-Lewis & Clark showed its unbeaten mentality. The Lakers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 6-5 victory, leaving the Patriots in heartbreak mode.
Jamestown lost to Fargo Davies 1-0 in the opening round of the state soccer tournament in Fargo on Thursday. It's the first loss of the season for the Blue Jays, who fell to 14-1. Fargo Davies scored the game's only goal in the first half.
Jamestown lost to West Fargo Sheyenne 15-4 in quarterfinal play of the state Class A baseball tournament in Mandan on Thursday. Sheyenne scored 13 runs in the top of the fourth inning. Hayden Reynolds homered twice for the Mustangs. Nolan Kratz went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Jamestown, which fell to 16-20. Ben Friebel was charged with the loss on the mound. The Blue Jays play Minot at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.
Wayne Shipman has coached a lot of good baseball players in Carrington. After four years of watching Braxton Hewitt, he's pretty sure where the senior standout ranks on the list. "I told him after the (region) tournament last week that he's had one of the best high school careers of anybody at Carrington ... we just hope he can carry it over for three more games," Shipman said. Hewitt and the Cardinals play Minot Ryan in the final quarterfinal game of the state Class B tournament at Jack Brown Stadium today.
On the diamond, Kindred-Richland does everything pretty well. The Vikings' undefeated record shows that. But according to co-head coach Sam Brandt, chemistry might be the true secret sauce. "It's a very unique group of kids. To me, that might be the biggest positive attribute," she said. "Everyone plays their role very well and they play it enthusiastically. "And they genuinely enjoy being around each other. That might help more than anything."
From left, Jamestown High School seniors Carter Weiser, Ben Friebel, Nolan Kratz, Hunter Beckman and Andrew Nohrenberg have led the Blue Jays to the state tournament. In a sign of the times, Kelley Kessler had a fitting way of summing up his senior class.
Jamestown fell short of the state golf tournament on Tuesday.
The state Class B baseball tournament returns to Jamestown this weekend. The tournament was last held here in 2014 with Watford City claiming its first state title. Defending champion and unbeaten Thompson (19-0) along with Kindred-Richland (27-1) are viewed as the favorites this time around. Region 3 champion Carrington usually plays its way into the mix. The Cardinals (17-6) placed second in 2015 and third last year. Play begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Jack Brown Stadium.
Dickinson edged Jamestown 5-4 in eight innings in the West Region baseball championship game on Saturday night in Minot. The Blue Jays led 4-3 after six innings, but the defending state champion Midgets scored a single run in the seventh to tie and won it in the bottom of the eighth. The Blue Jays face West Fargo-Sheyenne in the opening round of the state tournament on Thursday in Mandan.