Undefeated, deep MHS sweeps Williston

The Minot High School baseball team continued its hot streak at the plate and took advantage of 13 Williston errors in a West Region sweep Tuesday at Jack Hoeven Park.

MHS junior Brady Lampert crushed a three-run home run to cap the scoring in a seven-run third inning of game one. The Coyotes took a 6-1 lead before the Magicians got after starting pitcher Alex Haaland en route to an 18-8 win in six innings.

Game two also ended early as MHS led 15-5 through five innings to improve to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the region.

“We’ve been putting up some pretty good numbers on the hitting side of it,” MHS coach Pete Stenberg said. “Doesn’t matter whether it’s (No. 1) in the lineup or in the 9-hole. One through nine has been swinging a pretty good bat. I think they just feel confident where they’re at right now.”

Lampert’s confidence is up following his first home run of the season and second career shot against Williston. The sturdy third baseman crushed Haaland’s pitch over the left-field fence on Hoeven’s east diamond to bring in junior Chandler Jacob and sophomore Grant Larson.

“It was a lower, inside pitch and, I mean, inside is where I look for a pitch and kind of just hit it,” Lampert said. “Honestly, it didn’t feel like it was gonna travel that far.”

MHS junior pitcher Jacob Holmen gave up eight runs in the start, but earned the win as MHS took a 13-8 lead through the fourth inning. Senior reliever Caleb Fornshell continued his impressive start to the season and retired all six batters faced to quickly close out the final two innings.

Lampert finished game one 2-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs from seventh in the order. Jacob finished 4-for-5 with a triple, four RBIs and four runs, including an inside-the-park home run in the second inning.

“That’s how it’s been lately,” Lampert said. “We haven’t lost a game. Everybody can hit, it doesn’t (matter) if you’re the cleanup. Everybody’s hitting.”

The Coyotes (1-7, 1-6) made seven errors in the first game as outfielders struggled to locate routine popups. WHS senior first baseman Chad Brown made two errors in the fourth inning to allow MHS junior Kolton Larson to reach base and eventually advance to third before scoring.

“We didn’t make any plays that’s for sure,” WHS coach Josh Finders said. “You’d expect the routines to be made. Outstanding plays are one thing We’re up 6-1, it’s a different game if we make some plays and continue. We can’t give up 18 runs either.”

Grant Larson earned the win in game two, giving up five runs on five hits. Larson was effective getting out of trouble and had a strikeout in each inning. Kolton Larson led the Magicians at the plate in game two, finishing 3-for-4 with a triple, four RBIs and two runs. Fornshell was 3-for-5 in the game with two RBIs and four runs.

“These guys have put in a lot of time, not just in the short season we’ve been in, but they’ve put a lot of time into the offseason too and it’s just starting to show,” Stenberg said. “The team has a nice cohesiveness.”

Sophomore Brady Miller was the losing pitcher in game two. MHS plays at Bismarck High (5-7, 4-3) at 4:30 p.m. Friday and hosts Bismarck Century (5-3, 4-2) at noon Saturday.