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Aldridge, Charleston shut down Vols

Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson Volunteers second baseman Benson Kramer, left tries to get Charleston, Mo., shortstop Tim Fox out on Saturday at Astoria Field and Southside Municipal Ballpark.

With a regional title to defend, Charleston, Mo., was in top form against host team Dickinson.

Fighting Squirrels pitcher Austin Aldridge was the man for the job, helping his team shutout the Volunteers 9-0 on Saturday during the final game of pool play at the Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional baseball tournament at Astoria Field at Southside Municipal Ballpark.

Charleston was the only team to go undefeated during pool play, securing the No. 1 seed in Pool B and advancing to the semifinals. The Fighting Squirrels will play No. 2 seed Oskalooska, Iowa, in game two of the day starting at 2:30 p.m.

The winner will play either or Pool A No. 1 seed Fargo or Pool B No. 2 seed Eden Prairie (Minn.) Black for the region championship.

Aldridge was outstanding on the mound, tossing a complete-game shutout with five hits, three walks and nine strikeouts. He was also 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run.

With a 1-0 lead, Charleston loosened up and let its bats do the work.

In the second inning, Cody Payne singled to right field, helping score Jason Mattison from second base. Aldridge followed with a RBI triple to plate Payne. Aldridge scored on Brad Potts’ single.

While Aldridge was lights out on the mound, Charleston turned in team effort at the plate with nine different players scoring runs.

Payne was 3 for 3 with two RBI and a run. Potts was one of three players with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a run and RBI.

Cameron Jorda got the start on the mound but was relieved after 2 innings by Treven Hopfauf. Of the seven runs Jorda allowed, six were earned. He scattered six hits.

Hopfauf tried to do some damage control and kept the Squirrels at bay, giving up two runs over 4 innings.

Jorda, Tanner Ouellette, Eli Jung, Sam England and Logan Jones each got a hit for Dickinson, which ended its season.

Missouri 134 000 001 — 9 12 0

Dickinson 000 000 000 — 0 5 1

Missouri, Austin Aldridge and Cody Payne. Dickinson, Cameron Jorda, Treven Hopfauf (3) and Chase Ballard.

W–Austin Aldridge. L–Cameron Jorda. HR–none.

Highlights: Missouri, Cody payne 3 for 3, 2 RBI, run; Brad Potts 2 for 4, run, RBI; Aldridge 1 for 3, 3B, run, RBI; Colton Hampton 1 for 2, run; Jason Mattison run, RBI; Matt Ulrich 1 for 3, run, RBI; Ryan Fortner 2 for 3, run; Blake Wolferding 1 for 4, run, RBI; Luke Haines run. Dickinson, Jorda 1 for 3, Ouellette 1 for 2, Eli Jung 1 for 3, Sam England 1 for 3, Logan Jones 1 for 2.

Iowa champs rally to beat Eden Prairie Red

Oskaloosa, Iowa, wouldn’t go down without a fight.

Trailing Eden Prairie (Minn.) Red 4-0 in the fifth inning, Oskaloosa’s offense woke up to score eight unanswered runs to win 8-4 on Saturday.

Travis Gile started off by driving in two runs with a single to right field. Gile himself scored, along with Peyton Crouse, when Colton Swanson hit a RBI triple into center field. Gile finished 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI while Swanson finished 3 for 4 with his two RBI. Mitchell Schaffner’s lone hit of the game was a RBI triple. He finished with two RBI and two runs.

Swanson, Oskaloosa’s starting pitcher, was taken out of the game after he gave up four runs on three hits in the first inning inning. After that, Eden Prairie Red’s offense was completely shut down by pitcher Trent Roose. He scattered five hits but didn’t give up a run while striking out seven over six innings of work. At the plate, he drove in a run and scored another.

For Eden Prairie Red, Sam Pawlik was 1 for 4 with a triple, two RBI and a run. Joe Salamanant, Kerrick Schindler and Matt Wiley had the other first-inning RBI.

No. 2 seed for Pool A Iowa will play No. 1 seed from Pool B Charleston, Iowa at 2:30 p.m. today.

Iowa 000 053 0 — 8 11 1

EPR 400 000 0 — 4 8 1

Iowa, Colton Swanson, Trent Roose (2) and TJ Boyle. EPR, Jack Welter, Alex Hansen (5) and Sam Pawlik.

W–Roose. L–Welter. HR–none.

Highlights: Iowa, Roose 2 for 3, run, RBI; Mitchell Schaffner 1 for 3, 3B, 2 RBI, run; Swanson 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 3B; Travis Gile 2 for 4, 2 RBI, run. EPR, Pawlik 1 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI, run; Joe Samanant 1 for 2, run; Brady Cramer, 2 for 4; Matt Wiley 1 for 3, run; Kerrick Schindler run.

Eden Prairie Black breezes past Colorado

After a two-run loss on Friday, Eden Prairie (Minn.) Black unleashed its frustration Saturday against Holyoke, Colo.

Eden Prairie Black showed no mercy and scored 10 runs in the first inning alone to beat Holyoke 19-3 in five innings to improve to 2-1 at the end of pool play.

Moralee Soors was the star of the game after going a perfect 4 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and four RBI. Jack Nelson and Mark Fogarty hit the first home runs of the tournament in the second and third innings, respectively. Nelson and went 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBI. Fogarty drove in 4 RBI. Soors, Nelson, Josh Liberko and Kyle Quillin combined to go 11 for 14 and drove in 11 of the team’s 19 runs.

Holyoke was able to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning as Zach Spencer hit a solo home run to left field. Chance Dunker followed that with a RBI double to left and Cole McKinley singled past the shortstop to bring home Rece Coffin for the team’s final run. Spencer went 2 for 3.

Nelson got the win for Eden Prairie Black. He allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings. McKinley got the start for Holyoke and lasted the first two innings after giving up 11 runs — only three earned. Coffin came in for damage control, but gave up eight runs on eight hits.

Pool B No. 2 seed Eden Prairie Black will play Pool A No. 1 seed Fargo at noon today.

EPB (10) 10 44 — 19 19 1

Colorado 0 00 30 — 3 7 4

EPB, Jack Nelson and Moralee Soors. Colorado, Cole McKinley, Rece Coffin (3) and Ryan Nolin.

W–Nelson. L–McKinley. HR–EPB, Nelson, mark Fogarty; Colorado, Zach Spencer.

Highlights: EPB, Soors 4 for 4, (2) 2B, 4 RBI, 3 runs, SB; Josh Liberko 3 for 3, 3 runs, RBI, SB; Jack Nelson 2 for 4, HR, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Mark Fogarty 2 for 2, HR, 4 RBI, run; Kyle Quillin 2 for 3, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Riley Roy 2 for 4, 2 runs; Josh Molex 1 for 2, 2 runs, RBI; Josh Wassenaar run, 2 RBI. Colorado, Zach Spencer, 2 for 3, HR, run, RBI; Coffin 1 for 1, run; Chance Dunker 1 for 2, RBI; McKinley 1 for 3, RBI; Gunnar Kroeger 1 for 3, run.

Fargo hangs on to beat Kansas

Fargo almost needed to settle its third consecutive game in extra innings.

Lyons, Kan., threatened after scoring two runs in the top of the six inning, but the Jets held on for an 8-7 victory.

With the win, Fargo earned the No. 1 seed out of Pool A. Oskalooska, Iowa, is No. 2. Lyons is eliminated from the tournament.

Tied 4-4 in the fourth, Fargo pulled away with a four-run inning highlighted by Ben Koppinger’s performance. He started off the scoring with a RBI single to center field and ended it by reaching home on a Talon Schloesser sacrifice fly to center field. Koppinger went 3 for 3 with three runs and two RBI.

Lyons scored in the fifth and sixth innings to come within one, thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles from Kyle Cox and Ryan McClure. McClure was 3 for 3 with two RBI and two runs, and Cox finished with two doubles, two runs and a RBI.

Fargo’s Brady Ostendorf was able to keep Lyons at bay long enough to secure the win. Ostendorf allowed three runs on four hits over 1 innings of relief. Grady Kirkhart was credited with the loss. He gave up three hits and an earned run in three innings.

In championship play, Fargo will take on Eden Prairie (Minn.) Black, the No. 2 seed from Pool B, at noon today.

Kansas 310 012 0 — 7 8 0

Fargo 202 400 x — 8 8 1

Kansas, Jake Buckman, Grady Kirkhart (4) and Dakota Nave. Fargo, Nathan Demarais, Josh Odegard, Brady Ostendorf and Mike Wilson.

W–Ostendorf. L–Kirkhart. HR–none.

Highlights: Kansas, Ryan McClure 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2B, 2 RBI; Kyle Cox 2 for 3, 2 runs, RBI, (2) 2B; Tevin Renken 1 for 3, run; Cordell Moore 1 for 4, 2 RBI. Fargo, Nathan Demarais 2 for 2, 3 runs; Andrew Grieve 1 for 4, 2 RBI; Ben Koppinger 3 for 3, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Dylan Robley run, (2) BB.

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.