Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.
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DUNSEITH — The Class A girls golf season got underway with the Turtle Mountain Invitational from the Garden Gate Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 10. Fielding three golfers in the first event, the Dickinson High School girls golf team was led by freshman Lola Homiston, who shot a personal-best round of 100. Junior team captain Shelby Steier with a score of 111 while Midgets eighth-grader Hazel Emter followed with a mark of 125.
GERING, Neb. — In the first game of the inaugural Expedition League Championship Series, the Badlands Big Sticks could not hold an early lead against Western Nebraska. The Pioneers scored four in the bottom of the fourth inning and tacked on another three in the eighth en route to an 11-5 triumph in the opener of a best-of-three series on Friday, Aug. 10 from Oregon Trail Park Stadium.
In any elimination game, the difference between moving on and going home can be minuscule. Tri-City Red (Minn.) was mere inches away from ending three separate innings. Instead, Omaha Burke Black (Neb.) scored all six of its runs with two outs in support of starting pitcher Zach Munson. The right-hander escaped from trouble in the later innings, going the distance in a 6-0 victory during the Central Plains Regional Tournament on Friday, Aug. 10, from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
In the day two finale of the Central Plains Regional Tournament, Dubuque County Post 137 (Iowa) was the beneficiary of a pair of home runs and a pair of terrific defensive plays. Each aspect, however, took a supporting role to a sparkling performance from starting pitcher Dylan Gotto. Gotto went the distance, relinquishing just one run on five hits and two walks during a 12-1 triumph over Omaha Burke Black (Neb.) on Thursday, August 9 from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
During the middle innings of its Central Plains Regional Tournament elimination game against Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22, the host Dickinson Roughriders played even with the South Dakota state champion. But after a crippling first inning and a rougher top of the sixth, the Roughriders' 2018 campaign has come to an end. The Hardhats racked up five runs before recording an out in the opening frame and brought 12 batters to the plate before one was retired in the sixth, capturing a 16-3 victory in six innings on Thursday, August 9 from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
Dubuque County (Iowa) starting pitcher Samuel Goodman had a less-than-ideal beginning to his time on the mound against Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 Hardhats. Giving up a leadoff extra base hit, the Post 137 right-hander stared down a 1-0 deficit after only facing three batters. Soon thereafter, Goodman found his groove, ripping back control of the game in five-plus innings of work.
For the second consecutive season, the Dickinson Roughriders played in the nightcap as host during the opening day of the Central Plains Regional Tournament. However, compared to the 2017 team, the Roughriders enter the tournament this season as one of the youngest teams. And between the pageantry and bright lights shining down on the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark, their youth and inexperience showed.
For the second year in a row, the Dickinson Roughriders will play the role as hosts as the Central Plains Regional Tournament returns to Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark, beginning on Wednesday, August 8. Joining the Roughriders will be the West Fargo Patriots, who in a two-day span last week defeated Dickinson, routed three-time defending state champion Fargo Post 2 and slipped by state tournament host Minot en route to its second state crown in program history. West Fargo is led by head coach Jordan Rheault, a player for the 2012 state championship squad.
MINOT — Well before the first pitch was tossed to get the Class AA State Tournament semifinal underway, Dickinson knew it had a tough task on its hands. The team not only faced a solid squad in the West Fargo Post 308 Patriots — the tournament's No. 2 seed — but was doing so with a limited supply of pitching at its disposal.
MINOT — The Dickinson Roughriders have been on quite the postseason run. Upsetting the top seed in the opening game of the Class AA American Legion Baseball State Tournament, the magic continued on Monday, July 30, as No.8 seed Dickinson pulled out its second come-from-behind walk-off victory in the last six days. Down by two entering the bottom of the seventh against No. 7 seed Mandan, the Roughriders loaded the bases before Kobe Krenz delivered with a bases-clearing double, giving Dickinson a 9-8 triumph in a "win or go home" contest from Corbett Field.