Sports briefs

Vistas drop first game in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. – The Minot Vistas fell 6-5 in nine innings to Tri City Red of New Brighton, Minn., to open play at the Decker Sports College World Series Tournament on Wednesday.

Tri City Red (4-0) won on a walk-off single that scored two runners in a game that saw four lead changes and two ties. Tri City Red is ranked No. 1 in Minnesota.

“We competed, got better every inning,” Vistas coach Todd Larson said in a phone interview. “It was a state-championship type of atmosphere with both teams performing very well, overcoming some errors. … That’s why we came down here is to play in these baseball games.”

The Vistas (8-3) have little rest. They play a team from Denver at 9:30 a.m. today and a team from Sioux Falls, S.D., at noon.

Demitry Zafra dropped to 2-2 as he pitched the ninth inning. Minot took a 5-4 lead in the top of the inning, but gave up two singles with one out to put the winning run on base.

“We just really competed hard,” Larson said. “The tough thing is playing the 9:30 a.m. game. We’ll see how tough we are mentally.”

Marcus Quist and Brock Krueger led the Vistas, finishing 3-for-5 apiece at the plate. Krueger had two RBIs.

Hunter Oothoudt (1-0) will start in the first game today. Grant Larson (1-0) is expected to start the second game.

– Daily News Staff

Metros sweep Mandan

MANDAN – The Minot Metros earned a convincing doubleheader sweep over Mandan in junior American Legion baseball Wednesday.

The Metros (8-6) won the first game 15-2 and followed it with an 18-2 win. Liam Owens was the winning pitcher in game one and Dalton Cooper was the game-two winner.

Conor Taney had a strong day at the plate, finishing 7-for-9 through both games. He was 4-for-4 in game two with two doubles and seven RBIs.

“We hit the ball well,” Metros coach Jason Steele said. “We started off slow in the first game, but after that we turned it up. … We had a couple big hits and we took advantage of their mistakes.”

The Metros have won four straight games and look to continue the streak on Tuesday at Grand Forks. The doubleheader starts at 5:30 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

MSU adds New Zealand guard

The Minot State University women’s basketball program announced the signing of Morgan Hunter of Invercargill, New Zealand, on Monday.

Hunter averaged 19.5 points per game for Southland Girls’ High School last season. She also has played on the New Zealand national team for the past three years, spending time at the U16 and U17 levels.

The 5-foot-7 guard is expected to add another 3-point shooter to the Beavers’ roster. MSU shot just 28.2 percent from 3-point range last season, the third-worst rate in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

– Daily News Staff

Bison finalize football schedule

FARGO – The North Dakota State University football schedule is complete following the addition of Division II Ferris State University (Mich.) on Wednesday.

The Bison will host the Bulldogs in the hope opener at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome on Sept. 7. A time has not been set. The game will be one of six home games for the two-time defending Division I Football Championship Subdivision champion.

Ferris State plays in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs finished 6-4 in the league and 7-4 overall last year. In the only other meeting between the programs the Bison won 55-35 in the 1999 season opener. NDSU is 10-5 against current members of the GLIAC.

NDSU opens the season on the road against Football Bowl Subdivision member Kansas State at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30. That game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.

The Bison beat Sam Houston State 39-13 in January for a second straight championship win over the Bearkats. NDSU finished 14-1 overall and 7-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference for the program’s second league title.

– Daily News Staff