Sports briefs

MSU loses by walk-off HR

HAYS, Kan. – Maddie Holub hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to give top-seeded Fort Hays State a 5-2 win over Minot State in the NCAA Division II Central Region softball tournament. The Tigers advance to play Central Oklahoma today for a spot in the super regional.

Holub also tossed a complete game, allowing just two runs on a homer by MSU senior Tiffany Friesen.

The Beavers ended their first Division II season with a 41-11 record.

“That’s a tough way to end it,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “I told them after the game, ‘Fort Hays is a good team. They could win it not just this regional, they could win the whole thing.’ That’s a quality team.”

Friesen – the single-season school-record holder with 16 home runs – suffered the loss on the mound, allowing 10 hits and striking out four.

MSU beat Emporia State (Kan.) 1-0 earlier in the day to earn the first Division II postseason win in program history. Junior Jen Dixon scored senior Maribel Casillas with a sacrifice fly and senior ace Mandy Greenberg tossed a four-hit shutout.

– Daily News Staff

Power surge keys Lions’ sweep

The Bishop Ryan softball team used several long balls to cruise to a doubleheader sweep over Jamestown on Saturday at South Hill Complex.

Junior Sydney Marmon, sophomore Hannah Stewart and freshman Sheyenne Schmidt each hit a homer in Ryan’s five-inning 14-0 victory in game one. Stewart added another dinger in a 10-1 game-two win.

The Lions (11-1 overall, 11-1 West Region) clinched the top seed in the West Region tournament.

“We’ve got two weeks before WDAs and we want to take advantage of the chance to get better every inning and every at-bat,” Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. “That’s the message I was trying to send to them after the game. We want to peak and be ready to play when the tournaments come.”

Hannah Stewart picked up the win in game one and junior Brieann Backes earned the victory in game two. Junior McKenzie Ebert was the only Lion with multiple hits in each contest, batting a combined 4-for-8 with three RBIs.

Ryan hosts Bismarck Century at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians place fourth at Century Invite

BISMARCK – The Minot High boys golf team shot a 307 for a fourth-place finish at the nine-team Century Invite on Saturday at Tom O’Leary Golf Course.

Bismarck High won the meet with a combined 290, eight strokes ahead of Century. Jake DeForest of Bismarck St. Mary’s carded a 68 to claim individual medalist honors.

Minot senior Braxton Heupel led the Magicians for the second consecutive day, finishing with a 75. Junior Taran Albright (76), sophomore Ty Jones (78) and freshman Cody Reynolds (78) rounded out the Magicians’ scoring.

“The boys played well, but the (West Region) is very competitive right now,” MHS coach Scott Foltz said in a press release. “We continue to develop into a top-tier team.”

Turtle Mountain (347) and Williston (349) finished in the final two spots.

MHS travels to the Jamestown Country Club for a meet Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Lions sweep Central McLean

TURTLE LAKE – Bishop Ryan junior Brody Bosch batted a combined 5-for-6 in a doubleheader Saturday to lead the Lions to a sweep over Central McLean. The Lions won game one 17-7 and took the second game 8-2.

Ryan (8-0 overall, 4-0 Region 6) posted 16 hits in game one – including three apiece by Bosch and Nick Berentson. Berentson pitched all five innings for the win.

“Pretty much every game we’ve been playing in we’ve had double-digit hits,” Ryan coach Brent Nelson said. “We’ve been hitting the ball really well and scoring a lot of runs.”

In game two, Bosch went 2-for-3 with two triples and three RBIs as sophomore Jared Will earned the victory on the mound.

Nick Slavik batted a combined 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace Central McLean.

Ryan hosts Velva at 4 p.m. Monday at Hoeven Park.

– Daily News Staff

Majette offense comes alive

JAMESTOWN – Junior Paige Melby and sophomore Taryn Love scored two goals apiece to lead the Minot High girls soccer team past Jamestown 4-0 Saturday.

MHS coach Matt Pfau moved players to different positions in search of more offense. The Majettes (2-3 overall, 2-3 West Region) responded, tallying 19 shots on goal to Jamestown’s five.

“We moved Paige Melby up to a forward for the first time today and she scored on two headers,” Pfau said. “We attacked a lot more aggressively as a team today.”

Sophomore Kaitlyn Stenberg finished with five saves in the shutout. The Majettes host Mandan at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Optimist Soccer Complex.

– Daily News Staff

MHS tennis team places 10th

WEST FARGO – The Minot High girls tennis team scored just one point and finished tied for 10th Saturday at the West Fargo Invite, but coach Scott DeLorme said the low finish isn’t cause for alarm.

“I thought we had a pretty good day,” DeLorme said. “It’s one of those tournaments where every coach has a different lineup going in. I thought we competed just fine. The one point and the 10th-place finish is kind of deceiving.”

Jenn Hamilton, normally the Majettes’ No. 4 JV player, finished fifth in the No. 5 singles flight to earn Minot’s lone point.

MHS junior Ban Dodin went 3-1 to finish seventh in the top singles flight and the duo of Megan Sherven and Jenna Coggins placed sixth at No. 1 doubles.

The Majettes compete in the West Region tournament beginning Thursday in Bismarck.

– Daily News Staff

MSU’s Flatland third at NSIC

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Minot State University sophomore Tyler Flatland was the only male Beaver to place in the second and final day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Flatland finished third in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.14 seconds. He was one-hundreth of a second off of second-place finisher Jason Greenway of Augustana (S.D.) College. Luke Hauert of Northern State (S.D.) won in 54.20.

The MSU men’s team scored just nine points in two days and finished last out of 11 teams.

The MSU women failed to score.

– Daily News Staff