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No. 1 Watford City (Region 8)

Coach: Justin Johnsrud (6th year)

Record: 22-1

Last time at state: 2011, eighth.

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Best bats: David Kline (jr.), .603 AVG., 28 R, 3 HRs, 28 RBIs; Brandon Allex (sr.), .540 AVG, 28 R, 3 HR, 18 RBIs, 10 walks, 11 SBs; Andrew Sampsel (sr.), .533 AVG, 29 R, 12 doubles, 24 RBIs; Trent Grimes (sr.), .500, 27 R, 13 doubles, 31 RBIs; Dakota Neether (sr.), .520 AVG, 17 RBIs, 11 walks.

Top arms: Sampsel 27 IP, 4-0, 1.56 ERA, 46 Ks; Neether 26 IP, 4-0, 2.08 ERA, 27 Ks; Allex 21 IP, 4-0, 1.29 ERA, 23 Ks.

Diamond notes: It’s just the sixth year for high school baseball in Watford City. … The Wolves have won 15 games in a row. … They’ve posted seven shutouts this season. … Johnsrud was named as the school’s head football coach, replacing longtime North Dakota coaching legend Fred Fridley. … The Wolves’ only loss was a 3-2 nine-inning setback to Shiloh Christian in early April. … Grimes dislocated his shoulder on the final play of the region championship game and is questionable for the tournament.

No. 2 Grafton (Region 4)

Coach: Chad Kliniske (17th year)

Record: 22-5

Last time at state: 2013, runner-up

Best bats: Zak Hernandez (jr.), .500 AVG, 33 R, 3 HR, 37 RBIs, 22 SBs; Garek Droog (sr.), .407 AVG, 23 RBIs, 8 doubles; Brett Longtin (sr.), .444 AVG, 39 R, 18 walks, 23 SBs; Jess Suda (jr.), .491 AVG, 20 RBIs, 9 triples; Hunter Baldwin (jr.), .386 AVG, 24 RBIs; Cody Kingsbury (jr.), .310 AVG, 27 RBIs.

Top arms: Baldwin 33 IP, 5-1, 1.70 ERA, 27 Ks; Hernandez 23.1 IP, 2-2, 3.90 ERA, 25 Ks; Lunday 19.1 IP, 3-0, 0.72 ERA, 19 Ks.

Diamond notes: The Spoilers are making their eighth consecutive trip to state. … They enter on a six-game winning streak. … Suda, with a 4-0 record and a 1.78 ERA, is injured and won’t be available to pitch. … Longtin, Droog and Braden Campbell are the team’s only seniors. … Lunday was Class B’s 145-pound state wrestling champion in February.

No. 3 Thompson (Region 2)

Coach: Brady Schwab (1st year)

Record: 15-2

Last time at state: 2013, sixth

Best bats: Benjamin Hippen (sr.), .434 AVG, 24 RBIs; Malek Larimer (soph.), .442 AVG, 13 RBIs, 21 R, 11 SBs; Calen Schwabe (fr.), .442 AVG, 10 RBIs, 21 R, 15 SBs; Hunter Ness (soph.), .432 AVG, 12 R, 11 SBs; Thomas Nistler (sr.), .333 AVG, 16 RBIs.

Top arms: Ryne Dolleslager (sr.), 35.1 IP, 7-0, 0.99 ERA, 40 Ks; Brett Sutter (fr.), 23.1 IP, 3-1, 1.50 ERA, 21 Ks; Schwabe 19.2 IP, 1-1, 1.78 ERA, 17 Ks.

Diamond notes: The Tommies have won six straight games. … They’ve Won four state titles, with the last being in 2005. … They won all three games in the region tournament by one run. ... Schwab is in his first season after replacing longtime coach Ryam Brantl, who ran the show for 37 years.

No. 4 Velva-Drake-Anamoose (Region 6)

Coach: Matt Weidler (1st year)

Record: 22-3

Last time at state: 2011, third

Best bats: Shad Vedaa (so.), .520 AVG, 23 RBIs, 24 R, 15 walks; Isaac Effertz (jr.), .460 AVG, 38 R, 15 RBIs; Brad Dean (sr.), .440 AVG, 20 RBI, 29 R, 2 HR: Drew Effertz (sr.), .370 AVG, 25 RBIs, 27 R; Marcus Mack (jr.), .390 AVG, 27 RBI, 15 R.

Top arms: D. Effertz 27 IP, 7-0, 0.78 ERA, 39 Ks; Brady Engebretson (jr.), 23 IP, 3-0, 0.30 ERA, 27 K; Dean 21 IP, 4-0, 1.33 ERA, 32 Ks.

Diamond notes: The Aggies won the state title in 2010, fourth time in school history. … They have won four games in a row. … V-D-A outscored its opponent 33-8 in the region tournament including a 5-4 win over fellow Class B baseball power Minot Ryan.

Hazen (Region 7)

Coach: Brent Hysjulien (2nd year)

Record: 16-8

Last time at state: First appearance.

Best bats: Connor Doll (jr.), .474 AVG, 11 RBIs, 33 R, 3 HR, 2 triples, 25 walks; Nate Leintz (sr.), .429 AVG, 29 RBIs, 25 R, 3 triples; Chase Bruner (so.), .310 AVG, 14 RBIs, 24 R, 16 walks, 2 HR; Kolby Metzger (sr.), .303 AVG, 21 R, 18 RBIs, 2 HR; Tyler Borlaug (sr.), .429 AVG, 16 R.

Top arms: Metzger 33.1 IP, 4-2, 1.47 ERA, 45 Ks; Doll 30.1 IP, 3-1, 1.85 ERA, 23 Ks; Mason Wiedrich (soph.), 25 IP, 3-2, 2.24 ERA, 11 Ks.

Diamond notes: This is just the fourth season Hazen has had a baseball team. … They have won five straight games. … Hysulien was a player on the 1993 state champion Surrey High School team. … The Hazen Legion baseball team made the state tournament last summer. ... The Bison outscored their opponents 20-3 in the region tournament. ... The only team from the state tournament the Bison faced in the regular season was Grafton, which prevailed 9-7.

Harvey-Wells County (Region 5)

Coach: Chuck Nyhus (15th year)

Record: 14-3

Last time at state: 2013, fifth

Best bats: Mark Nyhus (sr.), .644 AVG, 14 RBIs, 17 R; Landon Littlefield (sr.), .401 AVG, 15 RBIs, 14 R, 4 triples; Brock Hagemeister (sr.), .401 AVG, 10 RBIs; Wyatt Toso (sr.), .310 AVG, 13 RBIs, seven doubles, 15 R.

Top arms: Nyhus 35 IP, 5-0, 1.80 ERA, 19 Ks; Littlefield 34 IP, 4-2, 4.50 ERA, 35 Ks; Shaun Kourajian (jr.), 18 IP, 2-1, 3.00 ERA, 22 Ks.

Diamond notes: The Hornets have not won a state title. They advanced to the semifinals in 2010. … The Hornets suffered a 10-2 loss to No. 1 seed Watford City in their season opener. ... The Hornets have eight seniors.

Kindred-Richland (Region 1) Coach: Scott Milbrandt (12th season)

Record: 15-2

Last time at state: 2012, sixth

Best bats: Matt Workin (sr.), .419 AVG, 23 RBIs, 15 R; Christian Danielson (jr.), .468 AVG, 28 R, 12 RBIs, 7 doubles; Fletcher Andel (jr.), .329 AVG, 18 R, 16 RBIs, 7 doubles; Tyson Tallackson (jr.), .328 AVG, 15 R, 12 RBIs, 18 walks.

Top arms: Andel 36.2 IP, 4-1, 1.34 ERA, 65 Ks; Trevor Dufner (sr.), 31 IP, 5-0, 0.90, 33 Ks; Austin Olien (jr.), 15 IP, 3-0, 1.40 ERA, 12 Ks.

Diamond notes: The Vikings enter state on four-game winning streak. … They won state in 2011. ... K-R has just four seniors. ... The Vikings have been to state three out of the past four seasons. ... Their only losses were to LaMoure-L-M and Enderlin-Maple Valley. ... They’ve won 14 in a row.

Midkota (Region 3)

Coach: Rick Christianson (24th year)

Record: 16-4

Last time at state: 2006, fourth

Best bats: Dakota Hoyt (sr.), .517 AVG, 5 HR, 38 RBIs, 25 R; Brett Salveson (jr.), .587 AVG, 26 RBIs, 14 walks, 34 R; Jayden Grover (so.), .423 AVG, 27 RBIs, 21 R; Hunter Engel (jr.), .412 AVG, 22 RBIs, 17 walks, 25 R; Riley Nelson (jr.), .431 AVG, 34 R, 14 walks, 13 RBIs.

Top arms: Grover 41 IP, 6-0, 1.37 ERA, 62 Ks; Nelson 29.2 IP, 4-1, 3.78 ERA, 41 Ks; Tyler Gravseth (so.), 20.1 IP, 4-1, 4.13 ERA, 25 Ks.

Diamond notes: The Mustangs went 13-0 in region games, counting the region tournament. … They have won eight straight games. … Christianson is the longest tenured coach at the state tournament. He’s been at the helm since the program started in 1991. ... Hoyt leads all state-tournament teams in home runs (5) and RBIs (38). ... Hoyt is also the team’s only senior.

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Chris Aarhus
Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
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