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Midgets bring the bats in sweep of Century

It was not a swing that would win many awards, but it put an end to a laborious stretch of baseball. With runners on the corners and two outs, Dickinson High senior Eli Jung muscled the first pitch he saw from Bismarck Century pitcher Derek Schor...

Dickinson High's Shawn Stoltz swings at a pitch on Friday against Bismarck Century. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High's Shawn Stoltz swings at a pitch on Friday against Bismarck Century. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

It was not a swing that would win many awards, but it put an end to a laborious stretch of baseball.

With runners on the corners and two outs, Dickinson High senior Eli Jung muscled the first pitch he saw from Bismarck Century pitcher Derek Schor into left field.

The ball died quickly, but it did not land in the glove of left fielder Alex Jacob. The ball scooted away and allowed Cam Jorda to score from third base, giving the Midgets a 15-5 walk-off win in six innings on Friday at Dakota Community Bank and Trust Ballpark and Astoria Field.

With a couple crooked innings and seven pitchers used in all, the game clocked in at 2 hours, 20 minutes.

"I didn't square it up very well. I was a little disappointed. I thought for sure it was going to be an out, and it just kind of died out there, but I was definitely happy to see it drop," Jung said. "This had to be the longest game I've played in a long time."

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The game served as the nightcap of the doubleheader between the teams, which was a sweep for the Midgets after they took the first game 8-2.

Dickinson split with Williston on Thursday evening, so to come back with two straight wins was a point of pride.

"We said before the game, 'Ability is one thing, but your urgency has to be there,'" Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. "I really saw the urgency from the first pitch on."

The second game dragged on a little bit thanks to six runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Midgets led 9-5 entering the frame, but did their best to send Century home as early as possible without allowing the Patriots another crack at the bat.

Jung started the inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Treven Hopfauf was hit by a pitch, and three walks in a row loaded the bases and forced in two runs. After a strikeout and a walk, Shawn Stoltz singled hard up the middle for two runs to make it 14-5, setting up Jung's walk-off.

Dickinson took control early, scoring six runs in the first two innings, but the Patriots scored four runs in the top of the third off pitcher Tanner Ouellette to get back into the game. The Midgets responded, though, with walks by Shawn Steffan and Chase Ballard to open the bottom half, and they were brought home on a triple by Austin Boswell.

"I saw it carry out there (to right-center field), and I thought, 'Sweet, I'll at least have a double,'" Boswell said. "It felt great."

It was a key hit in that it kept the Patriots at bay and gave the Midgets more of a cushion.

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"That was a big answer," Dobitz said. "After they put up four, to have some kind of an answer was big."

Stoltz drove in four runs in the second game, and so did Boswell. Lucas Jones went 3 for 4 and scored twice, and Jorda went 1 for 2 with two RBI, two runs and two walks.

In the first game, Jorda pitched five innings for a complete game victory. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

He had plenty of help early, as the Midgets scored seven runs in the second inning of the 8-2 win. Jorda helped his own cause, going 2 for 4 with two RBI. Steffan, Hopfauf, Ballard and Jones all added one RBI as well.

"The thing I really liked was, we had some crooked innings with big runs, but every inning we were putting some up there - one, two, whatever," Dobitz said. "The crooked innings just made it better, but it's nice to see you can score every inning. What I think it does, it shows your lineup is pretty good."

Dickinson High 8, Bismarck Century 2

BC 101 000 - 2 3 2

DHS 170 00X - 8 9 2

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Ian McDonald, Mason Thorenson, Collin Aasfor and Ben Weaver. Cam Jorda and Chase Ballard.

W-Jorda. L-McDonald. HR-None.

Highlights: BC, Dawson Weikum 2-2, 2 RBI; Alex Jacob 1-3, 3B, R; Collin Aasfor 0-1, R. DHS, Lucas Jones 2-4, R, RBI; Kendall Jones 1-2, 2 R; Shawn Stoltz 2-3, R; Treven Hopfauf 1-2, R, RBI; Jorda 2-4, 2 RBI, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 K, 1 BB.

Dickinson High 15, Bismarck Century 5

BC 004 100 - 5 5 1

DHS 512 106 - 15 11 0

Collin Aasfor, Dawson Weikum, Isaiah Thomas, Alex Jacob, Derek Schor and Ben Weaver. Tanner Ouellette, Shawn Steffan, Kendall Jones and Chase Ballard.

W-Ouellette. L-Aasfor. HR-None.

Highlights: BC, Alex Jacob 2-4, 2B, 2 R; Ian McDonald 1-3, R, RBI; Weaver 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI. DHS, Lucas Jones 3-4, 2 R, RBI; Shawn Stoltz 2-6, 3B, 4 RBI, R; Cam Jorda 1-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Eli Jung 1-4, R, RBI; Shawn Steffan 1-2, 2B, 2 R; Austin Boswell 2-4, 3B, 4 RBI, R; Cody Maier 1-3, R, RBI; Jacob Koskovich 0-2, 2 BB, 2 R.

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