Sports briefs

Vistas beat Bismarck 11-5

Austin Berntson held Bismarck to four runs through eight innings to lead Minot to an 11-5 road win Wednesday.

Berntson improved to 5-2 in eight appearances as he struck out six batters and walked none for the American Legion nine-inning win.

The two teams play another nine-inning game at 6 p.m. tonight in Bismarck with the statewide standings still being ironed out before next week’s state tournament in West Fargo.

“It was important how we finished the game because it was a nine-inning game,” Minot coach Todd Larson said. “We really encouraged the kids to think of it like a state tournament game and I think we did that tonight.”

Seven of Minot’s nine starters recorded base hits led by three apiece from Caleb Fornshell and Grant Larson. The Vistas (24-17 overall, 10-5 statewide) scored early and took a 3-1 lead through the sixth inning. Minot posted four runs in both the seventh and eighth to pull away.

“I thought we competed real hard for the first time in a long time – offensively, defensively and pitching-wise – and that was encouraging to see,” Todd Larson said.

Larson described Berntson’s pitching as outstanding and the 15th-year coach felt his lefty grew stronger through the game.

Nathan Dinga was the losing pitcher. The Governors dropped to 26-15 and 8-8. Minot concludes its regular season with a statewide doubleheader at Fargo on Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

Two Beavers named academic All-Americans

Two members of the Minot State University track and field team received NCAA Division II academic All-America honors Wednesday.

Rising juniors Kirk Capdeville and Tyler Flatland earned 3.47 and 3.90 GPAs, respectively, to receive the distinctions from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

To earn the honors, athletes must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and reach a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships.

Capdeville is a criminal justice major and Flatland is a biology major.

The MSU men’s and women’s teams earned All-Academic team honors. The men (3.16) are one of six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams named. The women (3.29) are one of 10 NSIC teams honored. The minimum cumulative GPA for the award is 3.00.

– Daily News Staff

Former Beaver to assist at WSC

Former Minot State University baseball player Doug Richter joined the Williston State College coaching staff Wednesday.

Richter finished his second season with the Beavers this year after playing his first two collegiate seasons with the Tetons.

WSC won back-to-back Region 13 titles when Richter, a Williston High School graduate, was with the team. He earned All-Region 13 honors and was named an academic All-American in 2011.

“Doug will be a valuable addition to the staff,” WSC head coach Shawn Cote said in a press release. “It’s great to have former Tetons come back and contribute to the future success of our program. His primary duties will be to help coach the hitters and work with the infielders and catchers.”

Richter is in his second season coaching the Williston Oilers, a 16- to 18-year-old Senior Babe Ruth team. His teams are a combined 35-22.

– Daily News Staff