Midgets secure 9-6 win over Magicians in state tournament – Jamestown Sun
JAMESTOWN — Two home runs led the Dickinson Midgets to a 9-6 win over the Minot Magicians in the 2022 NDHSAA State Tournament Third Place Game on Saturday, June 4 at Jack Brown Stadium. It helped when we were a grand slam.
“It’s not the game these boys wanted to be in, but I told them there were a lot of teams in North Dakota State that would like to be in the game we’re in right now,” said Midgets head coach Pete Dobitz. . “I told them after the punch in the stomach we got yesterday not to qualify for the state championship game, they showed a lot of character as men to come back and finish.
The Midgets (25-4) opened the scoring early when Jace Kovash started the game with a single to left center. Later in the inning, Aiden Haich rushed to the line for a field single to score Kovash and make it a 1-0 game.
The Magicians (13-14) responded late in the inning when Hunter Ruzicka hit a single to center field to score Morgan Nygaard to make it a 1-1 game.
The Midgets took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second when Aidon Rodakowski singled out Drew Kovash. Later in the inning, the Midgets got a big hit from Troy Berg, who fought back after an 0-2 count and hit a grand slam to push the Midgets lead to 6-1.
“That field is pretty deep in left field,” Berg said. “I had one like this yesterday and it didn’t work out. So, I executed it. I don’t really have the power to know for sure if it’s all gone or not, so I’m exhausting everything.
Berg wasn’t done though. In the fourth, he hit a double against the wall on the left to score Carson Weiler and make it 7-1.
The Magicians reacted in the bottom of the fourth when Noah Stenvold relied on a defensive pick to score Collins to cut the deficit to 7-2.
The Magicians continued to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Carter Mowbrary curled a two RBI brace against the wall at left center to tag Johnson and Ruzicka to cut it to a 7-4 draw.
The Midgets added in the seventh when Davin Siebel smashed a pitch off the right field wall to tag Weiler and extend the lead to 9-4.
Late in the seventh, the Magicians tried to pull a rabbit out of a hat as Ruzicka started with a step before moving into third on a double from Tyler Collins on the right. During the next at-bat, the pitcher balked at Ruzicka at home, then a wild pitch scored Collins to cut the deficit to 9-6.
“That’s how they are,” Magicians head coach Pete Stenberg said. “They never give up, keep fighting, walk away, find ways to get back to it. We did that, then another home run in the first half of the seventh, but we kept going, never to say day. We just didn’t have enough punch there.
DHS 9, MHS 6
DHS: 1 5 0 1 0 0 2–9 10 3
MHS: 1 0 0 1 2 0 2–6 7 0
WP: Jayden Bast LP: Carter Mowbray
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G1: W1 Bismarck Century 1, E4 Shanley 4
G2: E2 Wahpeton 3, W3 Dickinson 6
G3: W2 Minot 10, E3 Fargo North 5,
G4: E1 West Fargo Sheyenne 10 W4 Jamestown 3
G5: W1 Bismarck Century 3, E2 Wahpeton 1
G6: E3 Fargo North 3, W4 Jamestown 4
G7: E4 Shanley 5 W3 Dickinson 2
G8: W2 Minot 0, W4 West Fargo Sheyenne 2
G10: W1 Bismarck Century 2, W4 Jamestown 4
G11: W3 Dickinson 9, W2 Minot 6
G12: E4 Shanley vs. E1 West Fargo Sheyenne, 4:30 p.m.