Sports briefs

MHS baseball team advances to state

MANDAN – The Minot High School baseball team wasn’t about to squander an outstanding regular season.

The top-seeded Magicians routed No. 7 Williston 10-0 in five innings in a state-qualifying game Saturday at Memorial Ballpark.

Junior Demitry Zafra struck out six while allowing just two hits and the Magicians scored in every inning. It was a solid bounce-back game for the Magicians, who regained some momentum after a 5-4 semifinal loss to Dickinson on Friday.

“We needed that,” MHS coach Pete Stenberg said. “Demitry Zafra came out and threw a real solid game for us. He went five innings and only threw about 62 pitches for us. We came out and scored every inning. That’s what we needed to set us up for the state tournament next Thursday.”

Caleb Fornshell, who was named the West Region senior athlete of the year, went 3-for-3 with a walk to pace the Magicians (18-3). Wesley Johnson also batted 3-for-3 and sophomore Grant Larson went 2-for-4.

The Magicians earned the No. 3 seed from the west and play East Region tournament runner-up Fargo Shanley in the first round of the state tournament Thursday in Jamestown.

The West Region championship game was rained out, making the higher-seeded Bismarck High team the top seed from the west and Dickinson the No. 2 seed.

– Daily News Staff

Lions roll to West Region title

JAMESTOWN – The Bishop Ryan softball team posted a pair of 10-0 wins Saturday to cruise to the West Region tournament championship and grab the No. 1 seed for the state tournament.

The Lions (19-1) got two strong outings from sophomore ace Hannah Stewart, who tossed a three-hitter against Bismarck High in the semifinals and a one-hitter against normally-potent Bismarck Century in the championship.

“In the championship game, I thought (junior catcher) Maddie (Lipp) and Hannah loved the challenge of pitching and catching against the Century hitters,” said Ryan coach Julie Stewart, Hannah’s mother. “They almost thrived on it.

Hannah Stewart, Lipp, and juniors McKenzie Ebert and Brieann Backes each had two hits against Bismarck, and freshman Sheyenne Schmidt paced the Lions with a 3-for-4 game against Century. Junior third baseman Anika Rovig added a home run against Century.

“It was an error-free day and I thought we were very disciplined at the plate today,” Julie Stewart said. “How we played, it gives them hopefully some confidence headed to the state tournament.”

Ryan plays East Region No. 4 Fargo Davies in the first round Thursday in West Fargo.

– Daily News Staff

Minot High

doubles team finishes fourth

GRAND FORKS – The Minot High School doubles tandem of senior Megan Sherven and seventh-grader Jenna Coggins lost a pair of matches at the state tournament Saturday and finished in fourth place.

The top five doubles teams automatically earned all-state honors.

Sherven and Coggins won two matches Friday, but lost Saturday morning to the Bismarck St. Mary’s duo of Alicia Beck and Mary Roller 6-3, 6-3. A Grand Forks Red River pair topped the MHS team 6-1, 6-1 in the third-place match.

MHS’ other state-qualifying doubles team, junior Ban Dodin and Katie Wilson, lost 6-4, 6-1 to a Mandan team in the consolation quarterfinals.

– Daily News Staff

Dickinson ends Minot’s softball season

JAMESTOWN – Dickinson topped the Minot High School softball team 4-1 Saturday in a West Region tournament state-qualifying game.

The fourth-seeded Majettes (10-11) outhit the No. 2 Midgets 8-6, but Dickinson pushed across all its runs in the fourth inning and held on.

MHS coach Gerard Cederstrom said the Majettes played much better than in Friday’s 11-0 loss to fifth-seeded Bismarck High.

“It was a great fastpitch softball game,” Cederstrom said. “It was well-played, both teams were making plays. Just our all-around effort today, from focus to everything, was way better than it was yesterday.”

MHS junior Lexi Benno allowed six hits and suffered the loss on the mound, but batted 2-for-3 with a double. Senior Jessie Kongelf and sophomore Sam Schiele also went 2-for-3.

Dickinson will play Valley City, the No. 2 seed from the East Region, in the first round of the state tournament Thursday in West Fargo.

– Daily News Staff