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Midgets finish season on a win; place third at state tournament

Six seniors lead a team that dominated the west, made a state tournament appearance and closed out their season with a two home run game to clinch bronze.

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Troy Berg is welcomed back to the dugout after hitting a grand slam in their final game of the season on Saturday, June 4.
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JAMESTOWN - After losing their semi final game against Shanley, the Dickinson baseball team dug deep and proved to themselves that they really were a special team. In the battle to determine the third place tournament finishers, the Midgets would take a decisive early lead against Minot to win 9-6.

Hits, like the recent rains, came in a deluge for Dickinson on Saturday. The team known for small ball tenacity and speed, would instead garner 10 hits with some going long. Gatorade Senior of the Year, Troy "Ice" Berg, had a phenomenal final game of his high school career ripping the leather off a grand slam in the second inning that contributed greatly to his team's triumph — the highest scoring inning in the game.

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Troy Berg in the batter's box moment before hitting the grand slam to put Dickinson up 6-1.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

Dickinson would see another deep ball hurdle the fence courtesy of Davin Seibel in the top of the final inning for good measure.

Midgets’ errors made it a much closer game than needed, the first of the three errors started the Magicians’ scoring and tied the game early. The close early pairing would be a forethought when Berg’s grand slam gave Dickinson breathing room with the scoreboard reading 6-1. The runs would keep on coming in the fourth from an RBI double, once again, courtesy of Berg, extending their lead to 7-1.

Minot chipped away at their deficit, scoring five runs in the fourth, fifth and attempted a seventh inning rally, but came up short.

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The Magician exhausted their bags of tricks and were forced to go to their bullpen thrice. However, none would have the magic touch needed to stop Dickinson's mounting offensive performance.

On the mound for the Midgets was junior Jadon Bast, who retired eight batters.. After 86 pitches and five innings, he was relieved by junior Landon Olson to close the door on a Minot team favored early in the tournament for an upset. Olson would face 10 batters, striking out one.

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Jadon Bast on the mound.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

With the win, Dickinson sees six seniors end their high school career — a fact that head coach Pete Dobitz said was bittersweet in noting that collectively they led their team and exemplified the strong and mature character that brought much of the breakout season's successes.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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