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Won't back down: Dickinson, Eden Prairie thriller goes late into night following lightning delay

Dickinson starting pitcher Shawn Steffen delivers a pitch against an Eden Prairie Black, Minn., batter during the second inning of Thursday’s Midwest Plains Regional game at Astoria Field at Southside Municipal Ballpark.1 / 2
Left fielder Trevor Hopfauf swings at a pitch during the second inning.2 / 2

The nightcap of the Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional baseball tournament experienced a 45-minute lightning delay in the bottom of the second, but it didn’t steer host team Dickinson off its path.

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The Volunteers rallied from a three-run deficit going into the delay of its pool play game against Eden Prairie (Minn.) Black to tie the game up by the third inning Thursday night at Astoria Field at Southside Municipal Ballpark.

The game was tied 9-9 in the fifth inning and did not finish by The Press’ deadline. For the complete game results, visit today or read Saturday’s paper.

When the teams returned to the field following the delay, Dickinson had runners at the corners. Chase Ballard hit a RBI single down the left-field line and Cameron Jorda doubled to left to bring in Ballard and Tanner Hopfauf.

Dickinson got off to a quick start, as center fielder Eli Jung singled to center, advancing third baseman Tanner Ouellette to third. He ran home to score.

But the lead was short lived, as Eden Prairie Black answered back with a four-run second. Dickinson pitcher Shawn Steffen walked his first two batters and Eden Prairie center fielder Riley Roy hit a two-run triple to put his team on top. Roy later scored after tagging up on Alex Beneke’s fly out to right. Kyle Quillin scored the last run of the inning after Aaron Kerber’s RBI single.

For the updated boxscore and results, check in Saturday’s paper.

EPB 040 05 — 9 7 0

Dickinson 130 50 — 9 5 0

EPB, Josh Wassenaar and Aaron Kerber. Dickinson, Shawn Steffen and Chase Ballard.

Highlights: EPB, Kerber 2 for 3, 3 RBI, BB; Riley Roy 1 for 2, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Alex Beneke 1 for 4, run, 2 RBI. Dickinson, Eli Jung 2 for 3, 3 RBI; Benson Kramer 1 for 3, run, 2 RBI; Cameron Jorda 2 for 2, run, 2 RBI; Trevor Hopfauf 1 for 1, 2 runs.

Iowa strikes early, beats Kansas

In the first game of the tournament, Heartland West from Oskaloosa, Iowa, showed its determination to win. The runner-up of last year’s tournament toppled Lyons, Kan., 7-3.

Scoreless through two innings, Oskaloosa opened the floodgates as Mitchell Schaffner singled to right field to drive in the game’s first two runs. It scored five unanswered runs in the third on three hits.

Schaffner went 1 for 4 with two RBI and a run while Nick Rutledge hit in two runs of his own. Nate Van Velduzien was the only Oskaloosa player to have a multi-hit game and went 2 for 3 with a run. Oskaloosa starting pitcher Jess VanDalen tossed a complete game with three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out three for the win.

Lyons pitcher Tevin Renken was credited with the loss after he allowed seven runs (three earned) on five hits over seven innings. At bat, Renken went 2 for 3 while Ryan McClure drove in two RBI. Grant Harvey reached base safely four times — one hit and three walks — and supplied a run while Dakota Nave and Jake Buckman each brought in a run.

Lyons gets back on the field against Eden Prairie (Minn.) Red at noon while Oskaloosa will face the Fargo Jets at 5 p.m.

Iowa 005 001 1 — 7 5 1

Kansas 000 010 2 — 3 5 3

Iowa, Jess VanDalen. Kansas, Tevin Renken.

W– VanDalen. L– Renken. HR– none.

Highlights: Iowa, Nate Van Valduizen 2 for 3, run; Nick Rutledge 1 for 4, 2 runs; Mitchell Schaffner 1 for 4, 2 RBI, run; TJ Boyle 1 for 2, BB, run, RBI; Travis Gile 2 RBI; Logan Lunsford BB, run; Peyton Crouse RBI. Kansas, Ryan McClure 1 for 4, 2 RBI; Jake Buckman 1 for 3, run; GRant Harvey 1 for 1, 3 BB, run; Dakota Nave run; Renken 2 for 3.

Reigning champs Missouri take win over Colorado

It didn’t take long for the Charleston (Mo.) Fighting Squirrels to take control of their first pool play game of the Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional on Thursday.

Charleston scored in five of six innings — including a five-run first inning — to defeat Holyoke, Colo., 11-1 in game two of the tournament.

Fighting Squirrels pitcher Matt Ulrich had a strong outing, allowing one run (unearned) on two hits. He struck out seven and walked just two batters over six innings of work. Charleston scored on 11 hits. Right fielder Luke Haines went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI, and scored two runs of his own. Ryan Fortner and first baseman Blake Wolferding each had two hits as Fortner supplied a game-high three runs, two RBI and two triples while Wolferding added two more runs and a RBI.

For Colorado, first baseman Zach Spencer and catcher Ryan Nolin recorded the team’s only two hits. Center fielder Gunner Kroeger put Kolyoke on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning and completed the game 0 for 2 with a walk and a stolen base.

Pitcher Chance Dunker was charged with the loss and lasted three innings with seven runs (three earned) on six hits. Tristan Lankriet came in for damage control but allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits over the final three innings. Holyoke committed five errors.

Charleston will take on Eden Prairie (Minn.) Black at 2:30 p.m. today followed by Charleston and Dickinson in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.

Missouri 511 103 — 11 11 0

Colorado 000 100 — 1 2 5

Missouri, Matt Ulrich and Cody Payne. Colorado, Chance Dunker, Tristan Lankriet (4) and Ryan Nolin.

W–Ulrich. L–Dunker. HR–none.

Highlights: Missouri, Luke Haines 3 for 4, 2 runs, 2RBI, (2) 2B; Blake Wolferding 2 for 2, 2 runs, RBI; Ryan Fortner 2 for 3, 3 runs, 2 RBI, (2) 3B, BB; Brad Potts 2 runs, (2) SB; Jason mattison 1 for 3, 2 RBI, run; Colton Hampton 1 for 3, RBI; Tim Fox, 1 for 4, run, RBI, 2B. Colorado, Zach Spencer 1 for 3; Ryan Nolin 1 for 3, Gunner Kroeger, run, BB, SB.

Eden Prairie Red tops Fargo in extras

It took nine innings and an error to settle the winner between Eden Prairie (Minn.) Red and the Fargo Jets.

In the top of the ninth, Eden Prairie Red center fielder Matt Wiley scored the game-winning run on an error by Fargo shortstop Brad Nelson to lift his team to a 4-3 victory the third game of the Midwest Plains Regional tournament.

Fargo struck early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on to its lead until the fifth. Eden Prairie answered with two runs of their own to tie. The teams tied again in the sixth, 3-3.

Eden Prairie pitcher Alex Hanson picked up the win and allowed two hits over two innings of work with two strikeouts. Starter Mitch Perila lasted seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

Shortstop Joe Samanant and Wiley each went 3 for 4 with a RBI but Wiley supplied the extra run. Matt Lindell was 2 for 4 with a run and while Brady Cramer also had two hits.

For Fargo, Dylan Robley got the start and was tagged with two runs and seven hits. Reliever Chris Prisinzano was credited with the loss, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and strikeouts.

Nathan Demarais, Josh Odegard and Ben Koppinger combined for the Jets’ three runs.

Eden Prairie plays Lyons, Kansas, at noon today while Fargo is set to face Oskaloosa, Iowa, at 5 p.m.

EPR 000 020 101 — 4 13 0

Fargo 200 010 000 — 3 9 0

EPR, Mitch Perila, Alex Hanson (8) and Sam Pawlik. Fargo, Dylan Robley, Chris Prisinzano (5) and Mike Wilson.

W–Hanson. L–Prisinzano . HR–none.

Highlights: EPR, Joe Samanant 3 for 4, RBI, 2B; Matt Wiley 3 for 4, run, RBI, BB, SB; Brady Cramer, 2 for 4, BB; Nicholas Reding, 1 for 3, run, BB; Pawlik 1 for 4, RBI; Jack Welfer run. Fargo, nathan Demarais 2 for 4, run, RBI, BB; Josh Odegard 2 for 3, run; Brady Ostendorf 2 for 3, RBI; Ben Koppinger 1 for 4, run, 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.