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Jackson Hankey has big-time football in his future. But before that, he's got some unfinished business on the diamond. Hankey's long three-run home run sparked Park River-Fordville-Lankin's 9-3 win over Kindred-Richland in semifinal action of the Class B state tournament on Friday at Jack Brown Stadium. Hankey, a preferred walkon recruit for NDSU, connected for his sixth home run of the season in the Aggies' five-run fourth inning.
There was no hangover for the Blue Jay baseball team on Friday. Senior Nolan Kratz made sure of that. After a lopsided loss to West Fargo Sheyenne on Thursday at the Class A state baseball tournament in Mandan, Jamestown bounced back with a 6-0 blanking of the Braves on Friday. Kratz fired a two-hit shutout on the mound, walking one and striking out seven. "It's nice when you can put your horse on the mound and he goes out and throws a gem like that," JHS coach Kelley Kessler said. "It says a lot about Nolan and we're very happy he's on our team."
There was no hangover for the Blue Jay baseball team on Friday. Senior Nolan Kratz made sure of that. After a lopsided loss to West Fargo Sheyenne on Thursday at the Class A state baseball tournament in Mandan, Jamestown bounced back with a 6-0 blanking of the Braves on Friday. Kratz fired a two-hit shutout on the mound, walking one and striking out seven. “It’s nice when you can put your horse on the mound and he goes out and throws a gem like that,” JHS coach Kelley Kessler said. “It says a lot about Nolan and we’re very happy he’s on our team.”
One big inning did the trick for Kindred-Richland. The right arms of Brandon Roesler and Ethan Lingen also played a key part in the Vikings' 5-1 win over Shiloh Christian in the first game of the state Class B baseball tournament in Jamestown on Thursday. "I'm glad we finally went and got our bats out of the bus for the fifth inning," joked Kindred-Richland coach Scott Milbrandt. "We hadn't done much up until that point. Give their pitcher (Cole Baumiller) credit. We couldn't get much going against him."
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."