Schmidt continues roll, helps Ryan sweep MHS

For Bishop Ryan freshman Sheyenne Schmidt, hitting is a simple matter of confidence.

And when she’s feeling good, the Lions have another lethal bat in their order.

Schmidt followed a 6-for-7 performance this weekend by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs Tuesday to help Ryan sweep Minot High in a doubleheader at South Hill Complex. The Lions (7-1 overall, 7-1 West Region) won game one 12-1 in six innings and game two 12-2 in five innings.

“We know (Schmidt is) a good hitter but she just has to step up to the plate with some confidence,” Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. “She knows, ‘2-0, the next pitch that’s coming is a good one, 3-1, the next one coming is a good one.’ I just think she’s approaching the plate intelligently.”

Schmidt, the Lions’ No. 6 hitter and center fielder, agreed.

“Keeping your head down, keeping your eyes on the ball and having the confidence always helps you out,” she said.

Lions ace Hannah Stewart was also key in game one. The sophomore allowed just two hits in six innings and hit a two-run home run to center field in the sixth inning.

Minot (7-4, 7-4) tallied its lone run in the third inning. Senior Hannah Gefroh led off with a single to left, advanced to second on a single by classmate Jessie Kongelf and scored when Stewart overthrew first base on a sacrifice bunt.

The Lions posted six hits off Minot junior Lexi Benno in game one, and also took advantage of three hit batters, three walks and two Majette errors.

Game two was more of the same, as the Lions posted 12 runs on eight hits and seven Minot errors. MHS freshman Cassie Askvig started game two, but the Majettes committed four errors and allowed seven runs before recording an out. Benno relieved Askvig and threw the rest of the game.

“We did well at times, but we had too many lapses,” MHS coach Gerard Cederstrom said. “You can’t give ’em six outs in an inning. They’re a quality team and they’re gonna take advantage of that. … That’s why they’re on the top of the league and that’s why they were in the state championship game last year.”

Hannah Stewart and senior Sam Smith paced the Lions with two hits apiece in game two. Junior Brieann Backes pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out five.

Although the Majettes struggled to score, Cederstrom said his players battled at the plate. Minot put runners on base in all but one inning and stranded five.

“We got two runs across,” Cederstrom said. “We were getting our butts kicked and we didn’t hang our heads. We had some girls get on base, we had some hits and put the ball in play – some good bunts. … I’m pleased with making a little progress.”

The Lions, who continued to run the basepaths aggressively throughout game two, completed the run-rule victory when Hannah Stewart scored Smith with a sacrifice fly.