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Power's been a big part of Park River-Fordville-Lankin's success this season. Saturday night in the Class B state championship game in Jamestown, the Aggies' thunder rolled again. Sophomore Adam Zavalney's three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning broke a 4-all tie to help the Aggies to an 8-4 win over defending champion Thompson. It is believed to be the first high school baseball title for Park River, Fordville or Lankin.
Minot defeated Jamestown 10-2 in the fifth-place game at the Class A state baseball tournament in Mandan on Saturday. The Blue Jays were held to four hits by Minot's Lofton Klabunde. Nolan Kratz, Carter Weiser, Ty Fischer and Tommy Falk each had one hit. Andrew Nohrenberg, starting pitcher for the Blue Jays, was charged with the loss. Jamestown finishes the season with a record of 17-21.
Thompson's unbeaten season and hopes of a second straight state title survived a stiff test from Carrington Friday night at Jack Brown Stadium. The Tommies just managed to beat the weather too. Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning—with wind howling and rain pounding—Tyler Hegg singled home Calen Schwabe to lift the Tommies to a 5-4 Class B state semifinal win over Carrington.
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.