Local Briefs

Beavers sweep opening day in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Minot State softball team kicked off its annual trip to Florida with a pair of victories in the National Training Center Tournament at the NTC Softball Complex on Friday.

The Beavers (6-5) opened the day with a 5-3 victory over Stonehill College and wrapped up the day with a 3-2 win against Tiffin University in eight innings. The victory against Stonehill was MSU coach Bill Triplett’s 200th with the Beavers.

MSU jumped on Stonehill early, scoring three runs in the top of the first and one each in the third and sixth. MSU senior Jen Dixon pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five.

Senior Katie Backes scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth against Tiffin on a throwing error by catcher Kristin Robinson. Robinson forced extra innings with an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

Junior Mindy Lorimor went the distance for the Beavers on the mound, tossing eight innings of five-hit ball, striking out five and allowing an earned run.

“We were pretty good today for the most part,” Triplett said in a press release. “We didn’t make a few plays defensively that cost us, but we battled through them to get the win. Dixon and Lorimor both pitched very well for us and gave us a chance to win.”

– Daily News Staff

Tauros beat Bismarck in shootout

Tim Donohue beat Bismarck goaltender Scott Albertoni in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Minot Minotauros a 3-2 victory over the Bobcats on Friday at Maysa Arena.

The victory, coupled with Brookings’ loss to Aberdeen, gives the Tauros an eight-point cushion over the Blizzard in the North American Hockey League Central Division standings with five games remaining in the regular season. Minot (22-30-3) will clinch a playoff berth tomorrow with a win at Bismarck and a Brookings loss at Aberdeen.

The teams traded goals in the second period, with Jake McCann scoring for Minot at 10 minutes and Bismarck’s Tyler Dunagan answering 2:30 later.

Tyler Shipstad put Minot in front with 4:31 left in regulation, but the Bobcats (29-21-5) forced overtime with 49 seconds left as Huba Sekesi scored with an extra attacker.

Kramer and Donohue scored for the Tauros in the shootout and Sekesi recorded the only goal for the Bobcats.

Minot goaltender Brandon Wildung recorded 33 saves.

– Daily News Staff