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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Dropping the first game of their home doubleheader against Glendive (Mont.) on Saturday, June 15, the Dickinson Roughriders were three outs away from coming up empty in the first leg of a home-and-home weekend series with the Blue Devils. However, Justin Berger changed the looming outcome with one swing.
The best high school football seniors from North Dakota packed their bags, football pads and cleats on Friday, June 14. They hit the road and headed west. On Saturday, that talented group will represent the state on the gridiron as North Dakota and Montana are set to battle in the 26th annual Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl at Connor's Stadium in Miles City, Mont. With the players gathering in Dickinson earlier in the week, North Dakota team practice began on Monday from the Biesiot Activities Center.
On the first Saturday of May, the 2019 season at Southwest Speedway got underway with Crank 'Em Up Night. Six weeks later, that day remains the only time an event has gone on as scheduled so far this year. The thundering action that usually ripples around the ⅜-mile dirt track has been silenced, as the races planned for May 18 and 23 were canceled due to rain. With a lower chance of precipitation on Saturday, June 15, drivers, organizers and fans have their fingers crossed with the wish of getting the races in during the evening.
While it didn't appear to be headed in this direction on Wednesday, June 12, the Badlands Big Sticks and the Pierre Trappers enjoyed another marathon of a ballgame. One day earlier, the two teams combined for 33 runs in a contest that went in favor of the visitors and took approximately four hours to complete. With a chance to earn the series victory, Pierre entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead, a margin it held since the opening frame, but the home team tied the game and sent it into extras.
BELFIELD — In their season debut, the Hettinger Post 115 Bears drew first blood against Belfield-South Heart, but the Knights maintained the lead throughout much of the contest. When Hettinger vaulted back in front, it did so in a big way. Taking advantage of several miscues by the home team, the Bears put up eight runs in the top of the fifth inning en route to an 11-7 victory on Saturday, June 8, from the John J. Steiner American Legion Ballpark.
With his team down 1-0 in the top of the second inning, Watford City cleanup hitter Darren Dunn crushed the second offering from Dickinson starting pitcher Isaac Daly into the left-field gap for a leadoff triple. Next up, Walleye catcher Kanyon Tschetter drilled a comebacker right at Daley, who was alert as Dunn galloped on contact and headed for the plate. "So, when I had the ball hit to me, I was thinking, 'look him back and just make a play at first,'" Daley said. "I just saw him running, so I heard the screaming yell, 'run at him,' so I ran at him."
BELFIELD — In their first season of American Legion action, the Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights captured seven victories over the summer, a result that exceeded the goals of head coach Kurt Silbernagel. Year one for the Knights was a work in progress. The players not only competed on the diamond but learned the basics of the sport, such as swiftly running on and off the field in between innings and understanding how to prepare for a game. With year two on the horizon, the team appears to be up to speed.
WILLISTON — Calling the action from the press box as the Dickinson Roughriders competed in their American Legion season-opening slate against the Williston Keybirds, legendary KDIX radio broadcaster Rod Kleinjan uttered the following words: "This is the most interesting inning I've ever done in college, high school, or legion baseball. ... Something is in the water here in Williston."
Less than a week after the Dickinson High baseball team completed its return appearance to state, the Dickinson Roughriders and their American Legion campaign will get underway. Post 3 begins its season on the road against Williston on Wednesday, June 5, before returning to Dickinson for the home opener against Watford City on Friday. When the Roughriders hit the field, they will do so under new leadership.
FARGO — The 2019 Class B Softball State Tournament was a disappointment for the Heart River softball team leading up to its seventh-place contest against fellow Sub-Region 4 team Velva-Drake-Anamoose on Saturday, June 1. Prior to their game against the Aggies, the Cougars, the No. 1 seed in the West, could only muster four runs the first two days of the tournament. In the final game of the season, Heart River's offense finally came to life, as it collected 13 hits en route to a 14-4 win from Tharaldson Park.