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Midgets rally in sixth

Facing crunch time, Dickinson got a big-time hit from its big-time player. The Midgets trailed Minot 4-3 with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore Cole Frenzel drilled a bases-clearing double down the fir...

Facing crunch time, Dickinson got a big-time hit from its big-time player.

The Midgets trailed Minot 4-3 with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore Cole Frenzel drilled a bases-clearing double down the first-base line to help Dickinson clinch a thrilling 6-4 West Region victory over the Magicians in a baseball doubleheader Friday at Southside Municipal Ballpark.

According to Dickinson coach Pete Dobitz, it has been a long time since the Midgets have beaten Minot in conference play.

"Even when we were state champs in 2004, they got us hard," Dobitz said. "They 10-runned us. It's nice to get the win when one of their better pitchers is on the mound."

Minot, known for its deep pitching staff, got a decent outing on the hill from starter Zac Elgie - until the sixth inning.

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Up to that point, the junior had allowed just two runs on four hits. However, Dickinson's bats came alive and hit Elgie hard, getting four runs on five hits in the sixth.

Elgie was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on nine hits in six innings of work. He also walked two and struck out seven.

"The whole team hit the ball well," Frenzel said. "We haven't beaten Minot in a long time."

Elgie got a strikeout to start the inning, but gave up singles to junior Jeff Kaiser and senior Kyle Schroeder. Senior Jamie Ollila doubled to deep left, scoring Kaiser and sending Schroeder to third.

Pinch-hitter Stephen Laylock reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Senior Travis Tooley tried bunting with two strikes, but was unsuccessful as the ball landed in foul territory for the second out. With two outs, Frenzel's big bat took over.

"He's the guy we needed to get to in the lineup," Dobitz said.

The bases-clearing double went past Minot first baseman Jordan Martinson, who robbed Frenzel of a hit two at-bats earlier.

"I got a real good feeling once I saw it get past his glove," Frenzel said.

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Frenzel's double made a winner out of Schroeder, who started on the hill, was pulled and re-entered the game the next inning after moving to right field.

With one out in the second inning, Schroeder ran into trouble and Dobitz called upon Kaiser, who had been in right field, for relief. Kaiser forced a double play to get out of the inning.

Kaiser threw just three pitches, as Schroeder came back in at the start of the third and went the rest of the way.

In all, Schroeder gave up four runs on eight hits while walking five, hitting two and striking out seven. Schroeder appeared to get stronger in the late innings, getting four of his final six outs on strikeouts.

"He struggled with his confidence early on," Dobitz said of Schroeder. "I got a chance to talk to him between innings. He went back out there and held his composure."

Ollila was the only Dickinson player to finish with two hits, though seven of the nine starters each tallied a hit.

Minot was led at the plate by sophomore Ryan Bollinger, who went 2-for-2 with two runs batted in.

"We didn't play very sharp baseball," Minot coach Pete Stenberg said. "We lost that baseball game. We should be a better team. "

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