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 email@example.com. 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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There is not another sport with a deeper relationship with the season of summer than the one that requires a bat, glove, cap and pair of cleats. Boys and girls flock to fields across the country to play under sunny skies and rising temperatures. However, there's one girl who decided to pivot from her normal summer routine, trading in the calm pace of a softball game for the roar and fury of a 400-horsepower race car.
GARRISON — The inaugural American Legion season of the Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights has reached its conclusion. The No. 5 seeded Knights were unable to hold an early lead, falling to No.3 Garrison 11-8 during the Class B Southwest Sub-Regional Tournament on Thursday, July 26 from Titans field. Coupled with a 20-4 defeat to No.4 Hazen the day before, Post 144 is eliminated from the tournament.
Despite a solid pitching performance from their starter on the mound, the Roughriders trailed Fargo Post 400 the entire game and were down to their final three outs with a trip to the state tournament on the line. Regardless of the result, Dickinson's season would continue as they will host the Central Plains Tournament in two weeks. On the other end of the spectrum, the Trappers, who entered the Class AA State Play-In game tasting victory once this summer, had everything to play for.
BELFIELD — Making their maiden voyage into postseason play, the Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights are hitting their stride in the team's inaugural American Legion season. Playing their best baseball of the year, the Knights have won four of their last six games, outscoring their opponents by a 61-31 margin during that time.
BOWMAN — Following an 8-0 mark during the regular season, Heart River stamped its ticket to the Babe Ruth Baseball state tournament following a 7-4 victory over Beulah in the District 5 championship game on Sunday, July 22 from James Field. Traveling to Steele, Heart River will be matched up against Bottineau in the opening round of the eight-team double elimination bracket on Friday, July 27 .
FARGO—One day after its season-long losing streak climbed to 11 games, the Dickinson American Legion baseball team righted the ship in its regular season finale. The Roughriders were handed 6-2 and 10-0 defeats against West Fargo—the latter of which lasted five innings on Saturday, July 21, from Young Field. On Sunday, Dickinson snapped its skid with a two-game sweep over Fargo Post 400.
The 695 fans packed into the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark were treated to several balls leaving the yard on Thursday, July 19 as the Badlands Big Sticks and Western Nebraska combined to deliver seven home runs. But it was the last dinger that gave people in attendance something to cheer about. Auggie Francis walloped a three-run walk-off homer, completing a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as the Big Sticks came away with a 9-8 victory.
BISMARCK — The opening game of a doubleheader between the Dickinson Roughriders and the Bismarck Governors was halted by a rain delay during the bottom of the second inning. Play resumed after more than an hour of waiting out Mother Nature. However, the Roughrider bats did not return.
In the opening game of a Senior Night doubleheader between Dickinson and Fargo, five consecutive batters reached for the visitors as part of a three-run second, vaulting Post 2 to a 5-0 victory. In the nightcap, Dickinson fell victim to the long ball as back-to-back home runs from Blake Anderson and Chandler Ibach, carrying Post 2 to the a 7-1 triumph and two-game sweep on Tuesday, July 17 from the Dakota Community Bank and Trust Ballpark.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn — Riding a wave of three wins in the last four games, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball were grounded over the weekend at the Gopher Classic. Dropping the first two games of the tournament on Friday, the Roughriders were crushed by Osseo (Minn.) 14-2 in five innings in their only contest on Saturday, July 14. As part of a Sunday doubleheader, Dickinson fell to Helena (Mont.) 5-2 before ending their tourney with a 12-3 defeat to Forest Lake (Minn.) in five innings from Hargis Park Field at Bethel University.