JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Tyler Lundy capped a big weekend, leading Minot to the North Dakota Class A state high school baseball championship over Bismarck on Saturday.
Lundy, a junior, threw five solid innings and went 2-for-4 at the plate as the Magicians defeated the Demons 12-2 in six innings at Jack Brown Stadium.
Lundy finished 8-for-11 in the tournament with three home runs to go along with his title-clinching performance on the mound.
Minot won its first state title since 1999 and finished with a 37-2 overall record.
"We knew we were going to be pretty good and this was our goal," Lundy said. "It's been a pretty unbelievable year."
Minot scored seven of its runs in the first two innings.
Bismarck reliever Josh Standing Elk came in to pitch in the second inning and held Minot in check until they exploded in the sixth for five more runs.
With one out, Lundy crushed the second pitch he saw for a home run.
"This has been a dream season," Minot coach Pete Stenberg said. "You don't ever expect something like this to happen. We have an outstanding group of young men that made this season very enjoyable for everyone."
Bismarck 000 101 - 2 6 4
Dickinson 340 005 -12 11 3
Kranzler, Standing Elk (2), Kopp (6) and Connel. Lundy, Elgie (6) and Frye. W-Lundy. L-Kranzler. HR-Minot, Lundy.
Brandon Kreitinger hit the game-winning home run and tossed a complete game to lead the Knights to third place.
GF Central 302 406 -15 14 1
Dickinson 000 102 - 3 4 2
Kreitinger and Moe. Braunagel, Frenzel (4), Wallner (5) and Swalling. W-Kreitinger. L-Braunagel. HR-Central, Cary; Valentine.
The Deacons' first appearance at the state tournament ended in a fifth-place finish after defeating the Spartans.
Shanley (24-15) jumped on top early, scoring two in the first on a two-run homer by Andrew Fritz.
Fritz later added a solo blast, pushing Shanley ahead 6-0 after three innings.
Fargo Shanley 231 000 2-8 7 3
Fargo North 000 002 0-2 5 2
Sand, McManus (6) and Shannon. Kragness, Shockman (2) and Hirchert. W-Sand. L-Kragness. HR-Shanley, Fritz.
After scoring just three runs in their first two games, the Coyotes hung nine runs on the board against the Packers in the seventh-place game.
Trailing 4-2 after 41/2 innings, Williston (23-12) scored seven runs in its final two at-bats, rallying for the victory.
West Fargo ended its season 15-17.
West Fargo 011 110 0-4 9 3
Williston 101 034 x-9 11 1
Gregory, Olson (5) and Holmes. Slagle, Qvale (5) and Ross. W-Qvale. L-Gregory. HR-Williston, Hennessy; Leer.
David Selvig is a sports writer for the Jamestown Sun, a Forum Communications newspaper