Sports briefs

Rain forces crammed final day at Class B

MANDAN – Inclement weather Friday forced tournament officials to postpone the second Class B state baseball consolation semifinal and both of the championship semifinal games.

As a result, the final seven games of the tournament will be played today beginning at 8 a.m. with the second consolation semifinal between Bishop Ryan and Thompson. The winner will play Harvey-Wells County at 4 p.m. in the fifth-place game and the loser faces Trenton-Trinity Christian at 2 p.m. in the seventh-place contest.

The first championship semifinal game between Carrington and Central Cass is scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by Grafton and Beulah at noon.

The third-place game is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the tournament concludes with the title game beginning at 8 p.m. There will be 20 minutes between each contest for the grounds crew to get the field ready for play. Teams will not be able to take infield practice during that time.

Depending on the pace of the earlier games, the seventh- and fifth-place games could be shortened to five innings. The third-place and title games will remain seven-inning contests.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians drop into seventh-place game

JAMESTOWN – Juniors Kolton Larson and Brady Lampert homered for the Minot High School baseball team, but the Magicians failed to produce anything else offensively in a 4-3 loss to Bismarck High on Thursday in a Class A state tournament consolation semifinal. Minot plays Jamestown at 11:30 a.m. today for seventh place.

Bismarck senior Josh Seibel pitched a complete-game six-hitter, keeping MHS off the board aside from Larson’s two-run blast in the first and Lampert’s solo shot in the fourth.

“He did a nice job, changed speeds and kept the ball down,” MHS coach Pete Stenberg said. “He ended up having nine strikeouts. We were probably pressing a little bit but he did a nice job on the hill for them.”

Senior Hunter Oothoudt suffered the loss for Minot (18-5), allowing eight hits and four runs in five innings. Oothoudt was the lone Magician with a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-2 with a double.

After posting the West Region’s best record in the regular season, the Magicians are trying to avoid going winless at the state tournament.

“It comes down to you’ve gotta be playing good baseball at the state tournament and we’re not playing our best,” Stenberg said.

– Daily News Staff