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Bailey's Blast Gives RedHawks 1-0 Win
Fargo -- The RedHawks were held to just three hits in 13 innings, but it was the third hit that proved to be all they needed. Luke Bailey's solo home run in the top of the 13th broke a scoreless game and put the RedHawks on path to a 1-0 win over the Laredo Lemurs. A pitching clinic was put on Saturday night in Laredo as Tyler Herron took the mound for the RedHawks against Matt Sergey for the Lemurs. Sergey started the 2016 season the way he finished 2015, by not allowing runs. Sergey started three games late in the season for Laredo last year and didn't allow a run in any of them. His American Association scoreless inning streak of 20 was extended by another six innings Saturday as he struck out seven, walked two, and allowed only two hits. Tyler Herron matched Sergey every step of the way and pitched into the 9th inning before giving way to the RedHawks bullpen. Herron scattered five hits over 8.1 innings, walking one and striking out four. After giving up the walk-off HBP Thursday night, Tyler Stirewalt was able to get the win Saturday as he came in for the RedHawks in the bottom of the 12th and struck out Drew Martinez, Reggie Wilson, and Alvaro Rondon.  FULL STORY
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Final Game In The Books
Grand Forks -- A 10-run fourth inning propelled host CSU Bakersfiled to a 16-2 victory Saturday in the season finale for both teams. Bakersfield, the defending league tournament champions, will earn the sixth seed in the upcoming Western Athletic Conference Tournament. North Dakota (8-37, 4-23 WAC) took the early lead in the first inning. Junior Ben Reznicek was hit by a pitch for the team-leading 11th time this season and later came around to score for a 1-0 advantage. Senior Brett DeGagne' set down seven straight Roadrunner batters at one point to make that hold up through three, but CSUB scored 10 in the fourth and tacked on six in the fifth to break it open. UND notched four hits: Miles Lewis, Brett Harrison, Luis Calvo and Hunter Walsh. FULL STORY
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NDSU Baseball Falls to South Dakota State in Series Finale Saturday, 7-4
Fargo -- The North Dakota State University baseball team scored three runs in the eighth inning to rally from a 4-1 deficit against South Dakota State University, but the Jackrabbits plated three runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on to defeat the Bison, 7-4, in the final game of the 2016 regular season on Saturday, May 21, at Newman Outdoor Field in front of 277 spectators. With the setback, the Bison end their season at 29-25 overall and 12-18 in Summit League play, while South Dakota State clinches a spot in The Summit League tournament and improves to 21-33 on the season and 13-17 in league play. The 29 wins marks the most victories for North Dakota State since the 2012 season. Junior Ben Petersen went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and hit the game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead North Dakota State. Sophomore Drew Fearing added two hits, a double and drove in a run. Redshirt junior right-hander Sean Terres (1-3) suffered the loss on the mound for NDSU after giving up three earned runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and one walk. The Bison trailed the Jackrabbits, 4-1, entering the bottom of the eighth inning. Fearing cut the Jackrabbit lead in half with an RBI double to left field, before Petersen stepped to the plate and blasted a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence to tie the game at four. It was Petersen's fourth homer of the season. FULL STORY
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Bobcats’ Season Ends Amid Wichita Falls Game Two Rally

Bismarck --Another banner year for the Bismarck Bobcats ended on a sour note as a three-goal surge by the Wichita Falls Wildcats made the difference in a 5-2 win for Wichita Falls to give the second-seeded Wildcats a 2-0 series victory in the best-of-three-game Robertson Cup Semifinal. Things started well for the Bobcats: 17 seconds after goalie Hunter Shepard made a circus save on Wildcat winger Austin Beaulieu, Willie Brown struck in traffic at the other end to lift the Central Division representatives to a 1-0 lead 1:31 into the contest. As they did the night before, Wichita Falls dialed up an answer less than five minutes later when Andre Pison rifled home a snap shot from the left wing circle to knot the game at one with 15:51 to go in the first. Wichita Falls gained the lead at the 3:20 mark of the opening frame in transition when two Bobcat backcheckers collided at the red line, springing the Wildcats on a 2-on-1 that Michael Rounds finished on a back door pass from Jonny Lazarus for a 2-1 score. Lazarus compounded the Bobcats’ problems just 62 seconds into the middle stanza when an Austin Albrecht centering pass deflected off the winger’s skate on a Wildcat power play, doubling the advantage to two at 3-1.  FULL STORY
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Another Upset: Seniors Sent Out on High Note
Minot -- For the second time in two days the Minot State University baseball team defeated the No. 3 team in the country. If it wasn't special enough the first time, this time the team did it on the day they said goodbye to seven seniors. "I'll be able to pull a lot of good memories from this weekend," said senior Keith Ailes. "That's how I'd want to go out as a senior. I couldn't be more thankful." In game one the St. Cloud State Huskies traded leads with the Beavers four times before a three-run home run from Celestino Rodriguez in the fifth inning put the home team up for good. MSU would score four more runs to secure an 11-6 victory. The home run from Rodriguez was his second of the day and 15th of the season which broke the Minot State single-season record. "It's hard to put into words," Rodriguez said of his new record. "It's something I didn't think I would get right away, but as it started to get into reach the reality of it set in. Finally getting it was one of those moments where I wish my family could see it, but I know they were watching from home and loving it. I probably have a lot of phone calls." Rodriguez, a freshman, didn't let his record cast a shadow on what the day meant to his teammates as they sent of a group of players that meant so much. FULL STORY
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Frozen Four MVP Caggiula Signs with Edmonton Oiler
Grand Forks -- University of North Dakota senior forward Drake Caggiula, an undrafted free agent, has signed two-year, entry-level contract with the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers. Caggiula tied for eighth in the national scoring race with a career-high 51 points in 2015-16 despite missing five games. The Whitby, Ontario, native also tied for fifth nationally with a career-high 25 goals and led the nation with a school-record plus-46 rating. He scored a pair of goals in each of UND’s games at the NCAA Frozen Four to land NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player honors, leading the program to its eighth national title. Caggiula also earned American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America Second Team honors and was named to U.S. College Hockey Online’s All-USCHO First Team and College Hockey News’ All-CHN Second Team. Earlier this week, he was named UND’s Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year. In 162 career games at North Dakota, Caggiula collected 62 goals and 65 assists for 127 points with a plus-66 rating. Sixteen of his 62 career goals were game-winners, tied for the third-most in school history.  FULL STORY
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Blue Hawk End Season in NSAA Tournament with Loss to Valley City State
Dickinson
-- The Valley City State baseball team won a loser-out game at the North Star Athletic Association baseball tournament, defeating Dickinson State 8-5. No. 8 seed Valley City State (20-34) advances to play either Waldorf University or Bellevue University at 5 p.m. Saturday in Valley City. Dickinson State, which entered as the No. 4 seed, ends its season with a  25-27 record. Whitaker nearly went the distance and earned the win for VCSU, allowing seven hits and five runs – three earned – in 8 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five. Sandoval faced just two batters, recording a strikeout and pop out for the save.Valley City State struck first with a single run in the bottom of the first inning. Jared Meiklejohn led off the inning by lining a double down the right-field line. He moved to third on a wild pitch and then came in to score when catcher Austin Tennant's throw to third base sailed into left field.  FULL STORY



By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As we plunge further into May, spring sports on the North Dakota prep athletics scene have now entered their post-season phase. As this new week unfolds and the Memorial Day weekend looms on the horizon, baseball, track-&-field, boys' & girls' golf, and softball will all have either regional or state competitions staged.  In baseball, Class B regional tourneys will get in full swing this week, as Bismarck hosts the Region 8 extravaganza and Minot holds the Region 6 tournament. Regarding the Capital City-based tourney, KDKT Sports Radio will call every game from Dwyer Field on the campus of Shiloh Christian High School beginning at 11:00 am this Monday (May 23). Opening round pairings have Hazen clashing with Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton and Kidder County squaring off against Hettinger-Scranton-New England. Winners of those contests will draw top-seeded Beulah and #2 seed Shiloh Christian in 2nd-round games scheduled for Monday evening in the double-elimination tourney. The Region 6 affair in the Magic City officially commenced this past Thursday evening at Corbett Field with a play-in matchup featuring Central McLean versus Max-Garrison. In the 7-inning showdown carried on KDKT Sports Radio, the Cougars of Central McLean dispatched the Cossacks of Max-Garrison 6-4. With the loss, Max-Garrison saw its campaign halted, while the Cougars' win propels them into a Monday evening encounter with the top-seeded Surrey Mustangs. In this week just concluded, regular-season diamond action came to a close for Class B squads, with a smattering of games on the schedule. Within Region 8, Kidder County split twinbills with Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton (WWCS) and Hazen. The Pirates won the league counters in each of those doubleheaders by respective scores of 9-0 and 5-4. Those results cemented for Kidder County the #3 seed in this week's regional tourney. The Pirates did fall in both nightcaps--6-3 to WWCS & 10-7 to Hazen.  Meanwhile, in a Region 6 matchup, Minot Ryan and Central McLean took turns defeating each other. The Lions blitzed the Cougars in their twinbill opener 14-5 before Central McLean rebounded in game two to prevail 11-10. Additionally, in a noteworthy inter-regional showdown that occurred this past week, defending state runner-up Carrington edged Shiloh Christian 5-4. On the Class A baseball landscape, a whole host of ballgames were played this past week; and when the dust settled Saturday evening, Century found itself perched atop the final regular-season standings heading into this week's West Region tourney in Jamestown with a ledger of 26-6. Right behind the Patriots with seeds 2 &3 for the regional tournament are Bismarck and Dickinson--both 24-8 on the eve of the post-season. Moving on to Class B track-&-field, regional meets were held all across the state this past Saturday, with Bismarck hosting the South-Central competition and Dickinson staging the Southwest meet.  In the Capital City, the Carrington Cardinals earned a pair of team titles, as their boys tallied 185 points to lead the 11-team field, while the Lady Cards nipped Hazen (195 to 194 points) to dethrone the defending-champion Bison. Rounding out the top-five female squads were Southern McLean, Linton-HMB, and in a tie for 5th place, Shiloh Christian and Medina-Pingree-Buchanan. On the boys' side of the ledger, trailing Carrington among the top-five squads were Southern McLean, Strasburg, Linton-HMB, and tied for 5th, Kidder County-Napoleon and Hazen. Top individual female performers were Grace Zimmerman and Krista Slaubaugh from Hazen; Kauri Hochhalter of Carrington; and Southern McLean's Kate Fox. Zimmerman swept to wins in the 100, 200, & 400 dashes, Slaubaugh claimed the long jump & triple jump titles; Hochhalter defeated all competitors in the shotput, discus, & javelin; and Fox was victorious in the 1600 & 3200.  Among male competitors, standouts were Walker Carr, Payton Smith, and Connor Wendel of Carrington; Southern McLean's Zach Schell; and Linton-HMB's Garret Roemmich.  Carr won the 100 & 200 sprints, Smith the 1600 & 3200 runs, and Wendel the 110 & 300 hurdles. Schell captured the high jump, long jump, & triple jump; and Roemmich was the best in the field in the discus and javelin. At the Southwest Region meet, Dickinson Trinity grabbed team titles in both the boys' and girls' divisions. The Titan boys outpaced runner-up Mott-Regent by 81 points. Finishing 3rd through 5th in the final standings were Bowman County, Killdeer, and Beulah. Behind the Titans in the girls' competition in places 2 through  5 were Killdeer, Hettinger-Stanton, Bowman County, and Beulah.  On the boys' side of things, Mott-Regent's Brady Wegh was a triple winner (110 hurdles, long jump, & triple jump); and Trinity's Dawson Cram (100 & 200), Bowman County's Alex Bartholomay (1600 & 3200), and Grant County-Flasher's Nic Rivinius (shotput & discus) were all double winners. In the girls' competition, the standout individual was Taylor Hestekin of Hettinger-Scranton.  She seized the 400, 800, & 1600 races. Double winners were Masy Kuntz of Trinity (100 & triple jump), Megan Molash of Standing Rock (shotput & discus), and Grant County-Flasher's Taylor Roehl (300 hurdles & long jump). In Class A track, Dickinson hosted the West Region competition this past weekend for boys and girls, and the Century Patriots repeated as regional champions in both divisions. Pacing the way for the Pats' boys (205 team points) was the trio of Zach Sweep, Bostin Svihovic, and Max Cook. They were responsible for five individual titles and three relay victories. Sweep captured the high jump (6' 4"), & 110 hurdles (14.4 sec); Svihovec won the discus (167' 11") and javelin (170' 1"), and Cook claimed the long jump (23' 4"). The Patriot girls won six individual events and three relays on their way to 217.5 team points. The meet standout, however, was Minot's Kylie Alexander. She garnered four titles total--the 100, 200, 100 hurdles, and 300 hurdles. On the Class B prep golf scene, the Region 5 boys' and girls' state-qualifying tourneys were held this past week in South Heart and Hazen, respectively. Regarding the boys, Heart River easily won the team title over 10 other squads while posting an 18-hole score of 302. Also placing in the top-four in the final team standings were Dickinson Trinity, Beulah, and Bowman County. Tourney medalist was Trinity's Jaret Lee who carded an impressive 70 on his 18-hole round.  In the girls' competition in Coal Country, Heart River outpaced runner-up Hazen by seven strokes for the team crown, while Bison senior Brittany Leier garnered medalist honors with a round of 88. Turning to Class B fastpitch softball, Turtle Lake hosts the West Region tournament this week on Monday & Tuesday (May 23 & 24).  Eight teams will vie for four state tournament berths, with Des Lacs-Burlington-Lewis & Clark claiming the region's top-seed. First-year team Beulah (6th-seeded) has an opening-round clash with 3rd-seeded Wilton-Wing on Monday afternoon at 4:00 pm.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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