Selzler no-hits Crusaders
MANDAN – In an event highlighted by dominating pitching performances in the first round, Harvey-Wells County senior Todd Selzler kept the trend going to begin the second day of the class B state tournament Friday.
Selzler tossed a complete-game no-hitter as the Hornets advanced to the fifth-place game with a 4-0 victory against Trenton-Trinity Christian. H-WC plays the winner of Bishop Ryan and Thompson at 4 p.m. today. The second consolation semifinal was postponed due to rain and will be played at 8 a.m.
“My curveball was working well, but more so my fastball,” Selzler said. “I was able to get it by a few of the guys and the defense played really well today. I didn’t have to worry about where I threw it because if they put it in play the defense was going to be able to make some plays.”
Selzler wasn’t aware of his no-hitter until a teammate mentioned it to him in the dugout during the fifth inning.
The Hornets gave Selzler a three-run lead before he even threw his first pitch. H-WC recorded only two hits in the opening inning, but took advantage of two hit batsmen and a T-TC error to get on the scoreboard.
Juniors Landon Littlefield and Brock Hagemeister led H-WC’s offense with two hits each. Hagemeister, Selzler, junior Mark Nyhus and sophomore Shaun Kourajian each recorded an RBI.
Selzler struck out 11 and walked five. He recorded multiple strikeouts against four Crusader batters.
“He did a good job in keeping the ball under control,” H-WC coach Chuck Nyhus said. “He had good defense behind him. His control was good even though there were a few walks today.”
Chuck Nyhus wanted to see his team get the timely hit after being shut out the day before against Central Cass. Mark Nyhus delivered an RBI single in the fourth to score Evan Nitz from second for a four-run advantage. Nitz reached base on an error by third baseman Bruce Bjerke and advanced to second when T-TC senior pitcher Lane Huck’s pickoff attempt got away from senior Jade Bentz.
“We still left a number of people on base, but we did do better with (timely hitting),” Chuck Nyhus said. “They were a little more scattered. We need to get them closer together so we can score some, but I was very happy with the game today.”
It was the Crusaders who couldn’t find the timely hit. Despite being no-hit, T-TC had runners on first and second with two outs after both Jacob Thompson and Trenten Hove drew walks. But Selzler struck out Michael Rademacher to end the threat.
“I had a few get away from me because the ball was slipping out,” Selzler said. “It was pretty difficult with the field conditions.”
T-TC put runners on first and second in the sixth with one out, but Selzler struck out Rademacher again and Mark Nyhus threw out Hove attempting to steal third.
“Yesterday was disappointing, losing that first game,” Selzler said. “But it was nice to come out today and represent out region well and get a win. Hopefully we can get fifth place.”
Huck suffered the loss for the Crusaders despite a solid outing on the mound. Huck scattered six hits over seven innings, allowing four runs – one earned. He struck out three and walked four.
T-TC plays the loser of Bishop Ryan and Thompson in the seventh-place game at 2 p.m. today.