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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018 Page I I t,: Left: Aggie.seniors Will Magnusson, (L to R) Tom Magnusson, Jacob Erovick and Charlie Thompson hoist the Region 4 Championship 'ophy. Right: Aggies Jacob Erovick looks back as Jayse Fontaine (left) and Nathan Zaval- ney cam/Bryce Wood off the lield. He drove in the winning run in the Aggies 3-2 win over the Spoilers in 10 innings. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D, -- If you woke up last Wednesday moming with visions of Bill Murray and the movie "Ground- hog's Day" in your head you probably weren't alone. But this time the scene that played out was the Park River/Fordville- Lankin versus Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich baseball championship series. Same teams as last year, same scenario. The Aggies were in a win two or they're done situation against the Cardinals for the second straight year and for the second straight year, the Aggies pulled it off. PRFL won both Game one of the two game series belonged to the Aggies. The Aggies won easily 8-2. The second game was a differ- ent story altogether. The Cardinals came out like world beat- ers. LEM would score four runs in the top of the first inning, all coming after there were two outs. A hit by pitch, an error, then four straight singles had the Cards up 4-0 after a half in- ning of play. The Aggies were kept quiet until the fifth inning. Cardi- nal starter Ethan Sampson kept the Aggies offthe base path allowing just two singles until it all fell apart in that fifth in- ning. With one out and no one on base, Jacob Erovick start- ble to make it a 4-3 game. A sac fly by Will Magnusson tied it at 4-4 and then a single by Bryce Wood would drive home Thompson who would become the eventual game winning run. The Aggies would tack on two more in the bottom of the sixth. Tom Magnusson would come on in relief of Nathan Zavalney to record the final six outs to get the save. "Our pitch- ing in the touma0aent was solid," said Head Coach Brett Om' dahl. "They all picked up the slack when we needed it." Overall Omdahl was pleased with his team's efforts. "I VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- The bracket for the 2018 NDHSAA Class B Baseball State Tournament is complete. games here Wednesday to claim in their second straight Re- ed a five run inning when he doubled. Nathan Zavalney and couldn't be more proud of these boys," he said. "We faced the Team seeding for Class B Base- ball State Tournament was an gion 4 baseballfifle and will be playing in the state touma- Adam Zavalney would then tack on back to back singles. Tom two best pitchers in the region and after playing 32iial ings I - .nounced.Eriday May,25,1via con- ment starting tomOrrow in JamestO #n?,? ' Magnussonwould reach and then NickThcmpson would dou- of baseball m two.days it speaks to the gntthls tea has. [ . terence can wlm q n ymg scnooB. The top five teams were ranked By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Some games are games of inches. This one was a game of almosts. The Aggies left five runs on base in a eight inning 3-2 loss to the Lang- don Area/Edmore/Munich Cardi- nals in the semi final round of the Region 4 tournament here Tues- day. Leaving five players in scoring position in a tight game was the crux for PRFL on this day. The Ag- gies scored in the bottom half of the first inning when Nick Thomp- son brought Jacob Erovick home on an infield ground ball. LEM would tie it in the second and then go up 2-1 in the third. The Aggies would make it a 2- 2 game in the fifth after a leadoff hit by pitch sent Nathan Zavalney to first. Zavalney would advance to third on a deep double by Adam Zavalney and then get home via a sac fly by Tom Mag- nusson. From that point on though LEM ace Jacob Delvo faced only three batters per inning over the last three innings. In the top half of the eight the Cardinals would score the eventual game winner when Jackson Delvo singled home the game winner for LEM. Jacob Delvo went the distance for the Cards and picked up the win. Jacob Erovick pitched seven innings before being spelled by Nathan Zavalney who would get tagged for the loss. With the loss the Aggies faced off against Grafton (see story) and by winning that game, forced a two game must win series with Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich on Wednesday afternoon. By Kevin Skavhaug runs in the bottom of the first inning win this one and knock off the de- of The Press on a single by Nathan Zavalney, a fending state champs. Grafton left PARK RIVER, N.D.-- If Bryce double by Adam Zavalney and a bases loaded in the fourth and sev- Wood and Marcus Neimann had a Grafton error. After that first inning enth innings and if it were not for a banjo and a guitar between them, however the Aggies would send no spectacular over the shoulder catch they'd have the makings for a pret- more than four batters to the plate in by Jayse Fonta'me on a ball hit by Ri- ty good movie. As it was however, any inning and were sent down in or- ley Hanson with two out in the sev- the two opposing pitchers delivered der five times as Neimann was enth, this one might have been the a duel on a venue of a different sort dominant from that point on. shocker of the season. as the Aggies defeated the Spoilers Leading 2-1, the Aggies found As it was theAggies found a way. in an instant Class B baseball clas- themselves in tie ball game in the Charlie Thompson beat out a bob- sic. fourth when Riley Hanson scored on bled infield hit to lead off the bottom TheAggies, coming offan eighth a Sam Keely .single. The score of the 10th. Thompson then stole inning loss to Langdon Area/Ed- would stay the same for the next five second and was advanced to third on more/Munich earlier in the day, and a halfinnings when both pitch- a fielders choice. Thompson would made up their minds early in this one ers continued to throw strikes and then scurry home on a grounder to that they were going to be swinging their defenses playing solid in the the right side by Wood and the Ag- the bats. And in the early innings it field, gies had escaped this loser out worked. The Aggies picked up two The Spoilers had their chances to game with a 3-2 win. Grafton left bases loaded in the fourth and seventh innings and if it were not for a spectacular over the shoulder catch by Jayse Fontaine on a ball hit by Riley Hanson with two out in the sev- enth, this one might have been the shocker of the season. through an online voting process done by head coaches of qualifying teams. The No. 4 and 5 seeds meet in the quarterfinals. The remaining quarterfinal matchups were deter- mined through random draw. Matchups for Thursday, May 3] at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown: Game 1 - 11:30 a.m.-No. 3 Car- rington vs. Enderlin/Maple Valley Game 2 - 35 minutes after Game 1 - No. 2 Park River/Fordville- Lankin vs. Des Lacs- Burlington Game 3 - 4:30 p.m. - No. 1 Thompson vs. Rugby Game 4 - 35 minutes after Game 3 - No. 4 Velva-Drake/Anamoose vs. No. 5 Beulah NDHSAA Baseball brackets may be found at the following link http://www.ndhsaanow.com/brac kets/baseball Class B Baseball State Tourna- ment bracket can be found at the tbl- lowing link: http://www.ndhsaanow.com/brac kets/baseball/405/2018-ndhsaa- class-b-baseball-state- tournament NDHSAA Baseball Tournament Information may be found at the fol- lowing link: http://ndhsaanow.com/tourna- ments/baseball Thursday, May 31st, 2018 lOa.m.-3p.m. irst United ank- Adams Join us for cake and refreshments Adams, ND Thursday, June 7 6:30 p.m. I Park River Area School Gym DINNER 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Chris Midgarden Arena REGISTRATION 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Park River Area School $500 Grand Prize Drawing after the Meeting! 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