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ROSEAU, Minn.—Before going up to the plate with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton one out away from ending it's American Legion baseball season Saturday, Wyatt Bolin said he wasn't ready for it to be over. With a full count, Bolin made sure the season continued, hitting a two-out double into the gap to score Blake Kragnes and Cole Tahran to give D-G-F a 4-3 walkoff win over Breckenridge. The win forces a deciding game today at 1 p.m. for the title of the Division II District 9 American Legion baseball tournament. "I pulled them together before the seventh inning and said, 'We're not done yet.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The American Legion baseball season came to an end Saturday for Moorhead, and it was a lot earlier than the Blues would have liked. The top-seeded Blues fell 11-4 to No. 3 seed East Grand Forks in the Minnesota Sub-State 14 baseball tournament. The Blues went 1-2 in the tournament. "Our goal was to win the thing and if we don't win it, we are disappointed," Moorhead coach Bryant Bergeson said. "I'm just disappointed we didn't play our best. If we played our best ball and lost, then fine, but our guys kind of said the same thing after it.
CASSELTON, N.D.—The crowd at Central Cass High School was confused Friday. They saw Grafton had taken the lead on Wahpeton in the bottom of the fourth inning of the championship game of the North Dakota Class A East Region American Legion baseball tournament. But they weren't sure how. Players on the field weren't quite sure either. "It's pretty lucky," Grafton's Zak Hernandez said. "It's good to be lucky once in awhile. It was a pretty big play." With one out and Luke Heuchert at second and Hernandez at third in a tie game, Noah Heuchert put down a perfect squeeze bunt for Grafton.
CASSELTON, N.D.—A day after Hunter Baldwin won a game for Grafton on the mound, he won it with his bat to put the top-seeded Spoilers one win away from winning the North Dakota Class A East Region American Legion baseball tournament. Baldwin had four hits and four RBIs, including a solo homer, in Grafton's 7-5 win over Wahpeton in the semifinals Thursday at Central Cass High School. This came one day after pitching a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over Casselton. "We have to have kids that are multi-talented," Grafton coach Chad Kliniske said.
CASSELTON, N.D.—It was complete domination by Wahpeton in the North Dakota Class A East Region American Legion baseball tournament Wednesday at Central Cass High School. Before Valley City could record an out, Wahpeton had a two-run lead. It only got worse from there for Valley City, as Wahpeton rolled to a 14-1 win in five innings to put Post 20 two wins away from a tournament title. "We like to run and we like to put pressure on teams if we can and force some mistakes," Wahpeton coach Kelly McNary said.
CINCINNATI—Wahpeton, N.D., native Ethan Manock took first place in the boys baseball division for 9-10 year olds at the Pitch, Hit & Run competition put on by Major League Baseball during its All-Star Game festivities. The 10-year-old Manock competed at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Monday and was shagging fly balls at the Home Run Derby on Monday night. Manock caught one of the few balls Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier did not hit out of the park. As for the competition, Manock had to hit a certain strike zone for the pitching aspect of it, hit for distance and accur
FARGO — USA Hockey announced Monday it's 20-man roster for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team that will compete at the U17 Five Nations Tournament from August 10-16 in Arosa, Switzerland. The United States Hockey League had 16 draft picks from the 2015 USHL Phase One Draft on the final roster with the Fargo Force having the most with three. Tommy Miller, Clayton Phillips and Jacob McGrew were Force picks that were selected to the roster. Miller, a fourth overall pick in the 2015 Phase One Draft is a defenseman from West Bloomfield, Mich.
MOORHEAD—Even the father of Moorhead graduate and current NHL free agent center Matt Cullen thought he was going to retire when he spoke to him immediately after his season ended with the Nashville Predators. Plans seemingly have changed for the 38-year-old. "I just had dinner with my dad and he said (you sounded like you were going to retire)," Cullen said in a phone interview Thursday. "I think just taking a little time and just looking at last season as a whole, I'm really happy with how I played, the last half especially.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Ethan Manock is a man of few words, but there's no need for too many words with the smile of the 10-year-old Wahpeton, N.D., native. Manock just qualified as one of 24 finalists in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run national finals during the MLB All-Star week.
MOORHEAD - First-round NBA Draft pick Tyus Jones, acquired by the Timberwolves on draft day, sent his condolences to the family of Zach and Connor Kvalvog on Friday via Twitter...