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Carrington collects shutout of Thompson at ND Class B state legion tourney

LANGDON, N.D. – Logan Clifton had seen enough of Thompson’s hitters here to be wary of the team’s offense.

“I knew they had a lot of power,” the Carrington pitcher said. “They’ve been swinging hot bats. I wasn’t expecting to shut them out.”

But Thompson, which totaled 13 runs in the first two rounds of the North Dakota Class B American Legion state baseball tournament, was blanked by Clifton on Friday. In a matchup of the final two unbeatens in the tournament, Clifton tossed a four-hitter as Carrington won


“I’m really surprised to get a shutout,” said Clifton, who faced one batter to get the win Thursday in a 4-3 victory in eight innings against Enderlin. “I was mostly sticking with the fastball, working it inside and outside and changing speeds. I wanted to keep my pitches low; that creates ground balls.”

Clifton struck out only two, but got 10 ground-ball outs, with Carrington playing an errorless game.

Said Carrington coach Tim Ranum: “Logan wasn’t doing anything special. He threw strikes, got ahead in the count and let his defense work. And we made every play.”

Thompson also got a strong pitching performance. Calen Schwabe, a 15-year-old right-hander, struck out 11 and allowed only one run through the first five innings.

Carrington took a 1-0 lead in the third. Easton Paeper started the two-out rally with a triple on a fly ball to deep center field. After Austin Hewitt walked, Brady Smith grounded a run-scoring single into left field.

It stayed 1-0 until the sixth when Carrington added a run, then scored three in the seventh.

“Calen threw well,” Thompson coach Brady Schwab said. “The final score isn’t indicative of how well he kept us in the game. Our defense wasn’t strong behind him.”

(Clifton) wasn’t overpowering. But he threw well. We probably hit the ball hard four times all night.”

Thompson’s best scoring opportunity was in the second inning, when it had runners on first and second but came up short.

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WP – Logan Clifton; LP – Calen Schwabe

Loser-out games

Enderlin 5, Nelson County 2

Wyatt Aberle snapped his hitting slump in a big way Friday.

The leadoff hitter’s three-run home run sparked a late rally as Enderlin beat Nelson County 5-2 in the loser-out round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament.

“It’s about time,” said Aberle. “I’ve been struggling all tournament. I was getting frustrated with myself.”

With Peter Lindgren on base after a fielder’s choice and Casey Langland on via a walk in the fifth, Aberle lifted a two-out high fly ball over the left-field fence for his second hit of the state tournament and second home run of the season. That erased a 2-0 Nelson County lead.

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WP – Wyatt Aberle. LP –Tyler Gravseth

Langdon 3, LaMoure 2

Jon Skjervheim was ready to pull up at third base and wait for the next batter. Instead, Skjervheim wound up scoring the run that has Langdon waiting for the next round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion state baseball tournament.

Skjervheim scored the game-winner on a throwing error on Friday as Langdon edged LaMoure 3-2 in 10 innings in the loser-out round.

“I was … surprised to be going home,” Skjervheim said. “I figured I was stopping at third. But I rounded third, then I saw the ball go over (the LaMoure first baseman’s) head. I just kept running.”

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WP – Jon Skjervheim. LP – Jared Meiklejohn