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Class B state softball roundup: Watford City suffers hard-luck loss to Central Cass

FARGO -- After playing tremendous defense throughout the game, a Watford City error helped give Central Cass a 2-0 victory in a North Dakota Class B state tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at Mickelson Park.The game-winning runs scored after H...

FARGO - After playing tremendous defense throughout the game, a Watford City error helped give Central Cass a 2-0 victory in a North Dakota Class B state tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at Mickelson Park.
The game-winning runs scored after Halie Holzer smacked a hard ground ball that snuck beneath the glove of the Wolves second baseman. Madison Foss and Peyton Richter scored from second and third base on the play. Foss walked, while Richter singled to left field to get on base. Foss then went first-to-third on the single, and Richter advanced to second base on the throw to third.
Central Cass pitcher Lexi Buhr threw six shutout innings, striking out four, walking one and allowing four hits.
Watford City played solid defense throughout the game before the seventh-inning error. The Wolves had a couple of highlight defensive plays in the second. First baseman Ali Mogen dove to catch a pop up on the first base line. The ball fell out of her glove, but she was able to snag it with her bare hand before it hit the ground. Third baseman Kaitlyn Grimes slid underneath a pop up in foul territory to close out the inning.
Wolves pitcher Mikka Haugeberg racked up six strikeouts, walked six and gave up four runs in her seven innings. She pitched her way out of a jam in the fourth inning. With runners on second and third with one out, she struck out a batter and forced a weakly hit pop up to the third baseman to keep the game scoreless.

Taylor’s 13 strikeouts lead Stanley to victory
FARGO - A dominant pitching performance and a big fifth inning led Stanley to a 9-2 win over Thompson on Thursday.
Rebekah Taylor struck out 13 batters while allowing three hits and walking four. From the fourth to sixth innings, eight consecutive outs came by strikeout.
The game looked like it could go either way going into the bottom of the fifth inning, with Stanley leading 2-1. The Blue Jays then blew the game open with a seven-run rally to take a 9-1 lead. Eight base runners reached before the Tommies recorded the first out.
Megan Mills picked up two RBI with a single to left field, driving in Hope Parmenter and Taylor.
The big fifth followed up a second-inning home run by Caitlyn Enger that made the score 2-0.
Thompson scored its first run in the second inning on an error. Nistler hit a pop up to right and the right fielder got underneath it, but the ball popped out of her glove. Lindsey Stegman, who had reached on a walk and stole second, scored on the play. The Tommies added another run in the top of the seventh.

Osowski leads Grafton’s big win
FARGO - Grafton pitcher Megan Osowski struck out eight and her team cruised to a six-inning, 13-1 victory over Des Lacs-Burlington-Lewis & Clark on Thursday.
Osowski walked one and allowed two hits across six innings.
Holding onto a 2-1 lead after four innings, the Spoilers’ bats gave Osowski some breathing room with a five-run fifth inning. They strung together four hits with two walks and a hit batter in the inning. Karly Kennelly had a two-run triple to the gap in left-center field. Ali Martinson picked up her third hit of the game with a single to center. Martinson finished the game 3 for 4 with a double and a fielder’s choice.
The Spoilers then closed with a six-run sixth inning to reach the 10-run mercy rule. Taylor Stegman picked up the game-winning RBI with a bases-loaded hit to right field. Betsy Jiskra, Bailey Beneda and Osowski scored.

Klinnert throws no-hitter for Kindred-Richland
FARGO - Theresa Klinnert threw a no-hitter as Kindred-Richland defeated Wilton-Wing 6-0 Thursday.
Klinnert sent down all 21 batters she faced and missed a perfect game by a first-inning walk and a seventh-inning error. Her infield picked up double plays following both. She struck out nine batters, including striking out the side in the third.
The Vikings offense gave Klinnert all the runs she needed in the first inning as Emily Peterson and Mikayla Rinke scored to give them a 2-0 lead.
Peterson then drove in two runs in the second with a blooper between the right fielder and second baseman to extend the Kindred lead to 4-0. Peterson then came around to score her second run of the game on an error by Miners second baseman Jade Koski on a grounder hit by Olivia Miller to extend the lead to 5-0.
Kindred-Richland added another run in the third to move the score to the final score of 6-0.

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