Sports briefs

Minot Vistas split with Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS – The Minot Vistas American Legion baseball team surrendered just two runs in as many games, but settled for a split against Grand Forks on Wednesday.

The Vistas (4-2) couldn’t find the timely hit in a 1-0 loss in game one, but bounced back with nine hits in a 5-1 victory in game two to earn the split.

“You give up two runs and you expect to win the doubleheader,” Vistas coach Todd Larson said. “Defense was good in both games and pitchers threw well again.”

Demitry Zafra suffered the tough-luck loss in game one despite scattering just four hits and striking out six. Grand Forks’ Colin Hennessy earned the win, pitching a complete-game four-hitter and striking out seven. Bryce Hill delivered a pinch-hit RBI double in the fifth.

Minot found its offense in game two, plating two runs in the second, one in the fifth and two more in the seventh in support of Hunter Oothoudt on the mound. Austin Eggl went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Brock Krueger tripled in the seventh and finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Vistas host a doubleheader against Devils Lake starting at 5:30 p.m. today.

-Daily News Staff

Metros, Beulah split doubleheader

BEULAH – Production with runners in scoring position was the achillies heel the Minot Metros’ doubleheader split with Beulah on Wednesday.

Minot’s junior American Legion baseball team left seven runners on base – five in scoring position – and dropped game one 8-3. The Metros (3-3) got the timely hits in game two and defeated Beulah 8-5.

Beulah plated four runners in the second and added two more in the fourth for a 7-2 lead. Beulah’s Cody Nelson went 3-for-4 and earned the win on the mound in game one.

Minot used a four-run fourth inning to take its first lead of game two. Trever Ringoen and Tyler Steenerson each went 2-for-3 for the Metros.

“In game two we did a good job of coming up with those big hits,” Metros coach Jason Steele said. “We got ourselves into hitters counts and we drove the baseball well.”

The Metros begin play in the Chris Wendel Memorial tournament in Bismarck today.

-Daily News Staff