MINOT, N.D. - Unloading on back-to-back pitches in the third inning, Century’s Malee Wittenberg and Miah Rauhauser took the same trip around all the bases on a pair of solo blasts over the left field fence.
The Bismarck Century Patriots (27-6) were well on their way to a 11-1 five-inning victory over West Fargo Sheyenne (14-11) Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Class A state tournament in Minot.
“I don’t really know, I was just like, ‘OK, I’ve seen this pitcher before and I have done it before,’” Wittenberg said about her home run. “I am just going to hit it like I’m used to. Try to get a line drive and hope for the best. But, I got a home run out of it instead.”
Century started strong with three runs in the first inning, added an RBI single by Madi Grad in the second and exploded for five more runs in the third.
Back-to-back towering home runs by Wittenberg (eighth of the season) and Rauhauser (second of the season) in the third inning was followed by a two-run triple by Brooklyn Morris.
The Patriots added two RBI sacrifice flies to reach double-digit runs, while Sheyenne got on the scoreboard with an infield RBI single by Alexa Weber in the fifth.
Maddy Zander ended the contest early with another RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom half, 11-1. Zander, in the circle, pitched a complete game for the Patriots.