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Page I 0 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015 Photos: Larry Bid Top Left: Aggies Cordell Carlson tags out Langdon's Jace Ramberg as he heads to home plate. The Aggias downed the Cardinals 8-7 in the loser out game of the Region 4 Tournament in Pembina. Top Right: St. Thomas- DraytonN-E shortstop Tanner Fritz looks to the ref for the call as he tagged out a PCN base sl er. The Blue Knights downed the Grizzlies 14-2 in a loser out game in Grafton. Below: Aggies Adam Zavalney goes up for a high throw third while Spoilers Hunter Baldwin slides into the bag safely. The Aggias lost to the Spoilers 6-5 in the Region 4 Championship. By Kevin Skavhaug lieve starting pitcher Steven Thomp- of The Press son in the fifth inning. PEMBINA, N.D. The Park Carlson was masterful, allowing River Fordville LankinAggie base- just one hit and no runs for the Cards ball team won its opening two in their last three at bats. Carlson games of the Region 3 tournament, picked up his fourth win of the year The Aggies survived a six run against no losses. fourth inning by the Langdon Car- Jack Delvo went the distance for dinals and walked offwith a thrilling Landon picking up the loss. 8-7 in the opening round. The Aggies went up early with a Aggies 9-3 over Pembina pair of runs in the bottom of the sec- County North ond and added two more in the third. The Aggies had to come from be- Langdon made it a game in the hind again to keep their region title fourth when they sent 12 hopes alive as they erased a 2-0 Griz- zly lead with a four run fourth inning players to the plate and score six rally. The Aggies would erupt for times. The Cards were up 7-4 after four more in the sixth to put this one four. "We ran into a bit of trouble in the away. Abraham Hankey went four in- middle innings," said Aggie head nings allowing three runs on five coach Brett Omdahl, "but credit to hits. Ethen Peterson came on in re- our kids for regrouping and getting lief and pitched two scoreless in- it done." nings. Will Zimmerman pitched Getting it done at the plate were the seventh inning allowing no runs Levi Cudmore and Jackson Hankey. on one hit. Cuchnore had three hits and Hankey The Aggies were able to get to two as each drove in three runs Grizzly starting pitcher Austin Er- apiece. The Aggies scored three laub for eight hits. Abraham Hankey runs in the fifth to tie it and with two had three hits for PRFL and broth- outs in the bottom of the seventh, er Jackson had two. scored the game winner in the bot- Jackson Hankey increased his tom of the seventh, team leading rbi total to 37 on the Cordell Carlson came in to re- year with a pair of runs batted in. Spoilers sneak by Aggies; again Aggressiveness is a two headed monster. That was evident for both teams here in Wednesday's semifi- nal game as over aggressive play by both the Spoilers and the Aggies was the standard for the day. For the Aggies it was a case of trying to create too much on the base paths. "We took ourselves out of some good scoring opportunities," said Aggie head coach Brett Om- dahl, "the kids were playing hard but maybe too hard." The Aggies got picked off, found the lves in rundowns, or were thrown out try- ing to take extra bases too many times to overcome a seasoned Spoil- er team. Grafton had problems of their own. Mostly on the defensive side of things. The Spoilers caught the "throw the ball around bug" through- out the game that gave the Aggies chances to move players around the bases. The Spoilers committed six errors while the Aggies were perfect in that department. As it was however, the Spoilers ended up winning 7-6, breaking a 6- 6 tie in the bottom of the seventh to put themselves in the championship game here Thursday. The Aggies will be forced to come back through the loser out bracket if they hope to advance to the state tournament next week in Mandan. Grafton took advantage of early walks and scored three times in the first inning. The Aggies came back to take a 4-3 lead in the second as a two out rally, aided in part by Grafton errors and some clutch hit- ting by Will Zimmerman. Esten Beneda would come in to pitch after the first inning for the Ag- gies and threw the final six ilmings striking out eight. Beneda also had a home run to aid his cause. Zac Hemandez would get the win for the Spoilers throwing the final two in- nings. With the Aggies up 4 to 3 in the third, a two out hit by Cody Kings- bury tied this one at four. The Spoil- . erswould score twice in the fourth but the Aggies would score single runs in both the fifth and sixth in- nings to take this game tied to the seventh inning. The Aggies would get leadoff b a tter Esten Beneda on via a valk but three straight put outs ended the inning. In the Spoilers half of the seventh they loaded the bases with no out and the game ended with a four pitch base on balls. With the win the Spoilers remain perfect on the season and have won 26 straight with the exception being an exhibition loss a couple weeks back. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press GRAFTON, N.D. Aggie senior Cordell Carlson has come of age this baseball season for the Park Riv- er Fordville Lankin Aggies. The left handed hurler has been crucial to the Aggies late season run. "Cordell was on my radar late last year as a possible quality starting pitcher," said Aggie head coach Brett Omdahl, "and he's by far been our most consistent thrower all season." Carlson improved his team leading era to .99 over'the course of the season with the win here Thursday. Carlson lead the Aggies to a 3-2 win over St. Thomas Drayton Valley Edinburg in loser out play here late Wednesday aftemoon. The win places the Aggies in the championship game against Grafton on Thursday. The Aggies scored single nms in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to open up a 3-0 lead heading into the sev- enth. The Blue Knights would come back and make it interesting in their half of the seventh getting two runs across. But Carlson was "steady as she goes" most of the day. With the exception of having a bit of control trouble in the first inning, Carlson settled in. "I was a little nervous at first," Carlson said, "but after we got out of that first inning I felt pretty good." Levi Cudmore led the Aggie attack with two hits. He also had a tezm leading two runs batted in. Ben Phelps had a pair of hits for the Blue Knights. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press GRAFTON. N.D. There are perhaps no words. "Devastating" was the first thing Aggie head coach Brett Omdahl could say after his team's heartbreaking loss to Grafton in game one of a two game cham- pionship match. "But that's how games go sometimes." Omdahl added, "we played well and I'm im- pressed with the way the kids played all week." The Graflon Spoilers Notice of 12th Annual Meeting Cavalier - Neche - Park River Tuesday, June 2, 201 $ Cavalier Agronomy Center 8:30 am Breakfast 9:00 am Meeting Annual audit report will be presented Election of two (2) directors Any other business to properly come before the meeting will be transacted Door prizes By order of the Board of Directors Matt Foerster, Secretary Full-time benefitted position available with rotating morning/afternoon shifts. Req uires a high school diploma or GED and one year of similar food preparation experience. Starting salary $1,927 - $3,211 per month DOE. 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We operate a drug-free campus. defeated the Park River Fordville Hankey walked as Hemandez was Lankin Aggies 6-5 in an extra in- having control problems in relief. nings heartbreaker to earn a berth in Hemandez was able to strike out the next week's state baseball touma- last Aggie hitter to get out of the in- ment in Mandan in the first game of ning. a potential two game championship. The Aggies fought off a 6th in- The Aggies would have had to win ning raUy attempt by Grafton. With two games over the Spoilers to the bases loaded and nobody out, Es- claim the title. It didn't get that far. ten Beneda struck out the next two This one was a game for the ages, batters and got the final out via a for the Spoilers atleast. Like the pre- ground ball to second baseman Ja- vious game these two teams played cob Erovick that ended the inning. just a day before, this one would come down to the bottom of the fi- In the top of the 7th the Aggies went nal inning before it was decided, down in order. The Aggies would score first The tables turned with two outs the third inning when Abraham and nobody on for the Spoilers in the Hankey scorched a leadoff double bottom of the 7th. The Spoilers down the third base line. Will Zim- fought back and were able to get merman singled Hankey to third, three runs on two hits but most ira- Then sacrifice bunt by Noah Zim- portantly, were aided by fourAggie merman was just enough to get Han- errors. The Aggies had not made an key home for the first run of the error in the last three games prior to game. this inning. With the game now tied Park River-Fordville Lankin at five, extra innings would be would add two more in the top of the needed to detennine a wiuner. fourth. Levi Cudmore and Steven In the first extra inning, the Ag- Thompson would score to put the gi s went down in order. Jaron Aggies up 3-0. The Spoilers would Lunde started the Spoiler eighth with respond in their half of the fourth, a triple to the left field fence. The A leadoff single by Zac Hemandez Spoilers would eventually load the and then a towering home run by bases. A final walk ended the game Hunter Baldwin made it 3-2 and in the same fashion the Aggies lost chased Aggie starting pitcher Noah Zimmerman. The Spoilers had the to Grafton the day before. tying run on third but relief pitcher "We executed a great game plan Esten Beneda ended the rally with for this gam e," said Omdahl, "and a strike out. things were going our way until they The Aggies were able to in- weren't." crease their lead in the top of the "It was unfortunate to have it end sixth. Damon Flaten singled and this way, it would have been inter- Adam Zavalney walked. Two outs esting to have to had played one later with nmners on the comers more against them but it just was-- Zimmerman was hit by a pitch to n't to be." load the bases. Noah Zimmerman The Aggies ended their season walked and the Aggies were up 4- with at 11-10 but had won six of 2. It became 5-2 when Jackson their last eight games.