Sports briefs 02/24/14

Tetons win second straight title

TROY, N.Y. – The Williston State men’s ice hockey team defeated top-seeded Monroe Community College (N.Y.) 2-0 in the NJCAA National Championship on Sunday to win its second consecutive title.

Tyler Cavan netted the game’s first goal at 13:26 of the first period and Trevor Hunt scored at 7:38 of the second. WSC goaltender Tyler Ampe stopped all 13 shots he faced for his second straight shutout. It was the first time all season MCC had failed to record a goal in a game. Ampe was named the tournament MVP.

The second-seeded Tetons (15-11-3) opened the national tournament with a convincing 7-0 victory against No. 3 Erie Community College (N.Y.) on Saturday in the semifinals. Cole Sonstebo scored twice in a span of 3:12 of the third period and WSC also tallied goals on the power play and short-handed. Sonstebo finished the weekend with two goals and two assists.

The Teton defense limited ECC to just seven shots on net and WSC’s offense broke open a close game with five markers in the third period.

Sonstebo, Cavan, Hunt and Ampe were named to the all-tournament team.

– Daily News Staff

Begay’s walk off lifts Beavers

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Tied at four with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, senior third baseman A.J. Begay belted a three-run walk-off home run to power the Minot State baseball team to a 7-4 victory over Wayne State College on Sunday.

The Beavers (2-2) defeated the Wildcats 3-0 in the first game of the doubleheader behind sophomore pitcher Austin Berntson’s complete game. Berntson scattered six hits, struck out eight and walked none to earn his first win of the season.

“He got ahead of batters and stayed low in the zone,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “He really attacked them hard and used all of his pitches effectively. If we can do that as a staff consistently, we can be very successful.”

MSU redshirt freshman catcher Paul Vogelsang homered as the Beavers scored twice in the third and once in the fourth.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Wayne State (2-2) broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the top of the sixth inning. The Beavers trailed by a run heading into the bottom of the seventh before junior infielder Brad Rolff scored on a passed ball to tie the game. Begay clinched the four-game split with the Wildcats on his first home run of the season.

“We never gave up,” Weppler said. “A.J. obviously had the big at-bat to the game for us, but as a whole team I was really impressed with our approaches in the late innings and just our overall attitude.”

The Beavers compete in the Tucson Invitational Games beginning March 10.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers split pair at Duluth Invite

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minot State University softball team snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-0 shutout against Lincoln University (Mo.), but ended the day with a 6-5 loss to No. 14 Fort Hays State (Kan.) in the Duluth Invite on Sunday.

A two-run home run by senior Katie Backes gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead against Fort Hays State before the Tigers tied the game in the third and took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

MSU (3-4) reclaimed its two-run lead in the sixth when freshman Jordan Grant tripled home two and scored on a sacrifice fly.

But Fort Hays State scored twice in the seventh to send the game into extra innings and ended the contest with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

“It was a hard-fought game and it’s too bad someone had to lose,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “The girls were really up for the game since what happened last year and we played really well overall. We gave it away after battling to a 5-3 lead, but made a bad decision and two runs scored on an error to tie it up.”

The Beavers’ first game of the day wasn’t as excited as junior Mindy Lorimor and freshman Alyssa Cornejo dominated Lincoln hitters en route to a one-hitter.

Freshman Sarah Nicks homered in the second for the Beavers, who play Fort Hays State this morning at 9 and U-Mary at 1 p.m.

– Daily News Staff