Oakes rallies for victory against Park River

LaMOURE, N.D. - All Bryce Meehl wanted was to avoid a strikeout or an infield pop up. What he got instead was a walk-off grand slam home run.

LaMOURE, N.D. – All Bryce Meehl wanted was to avoid a strikeout or an infield pop up.
What he got instead was a walk-off grand slam home run.
Oakes broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday when Meehl’s bases-loaded home run gave his team a 5-1 win over Park River in the first round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament.
“I just wanted to hit it deep enough, or through the infield, to get our guy home from third,’’ Meehl said.
“I wasn’t sure if it was going out. I saw the center fielder turn and run and I knew the game was over. I’m usually running when I’ve hit home runs. That one was fun because I got to watch it.’’
Blake Hollingsworth, the No. 9 hitter in Oakes’ lineup, opened the bottom of the seventh with a fly to deep right field that he turned into a triple. Two intentional walks loaded the bases, setting up Meehl, who hit his fifth home run of the season.
“Bryce has batted around .500 most of the year,’’ Oakes coach Cory Schall said. “He hits a lot of doubles. I wouldn’t classify him so much as a power guy, just a solid hitter.”
Park River opened the scoring in the second. Daman Flaten beat out a slow roller to shortstop for a one-out single. He scored when Ben Phelps lined a double down the right-field line.
Oakes pulled even in the bottom of the inning. Jon Tyre led off with a walk. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball, then scored when Grayson Roney popped a single down the left-field line.

Park River 010 000 0-1 6 1
Oakes 010 000 4-5 6 1
WP – Jon Tyre; LP – Ben Phelps
Highlights – PR: Daman Flaten 2x3, 1R, Phelps 1x3, 1 RBI, Zach Gaarder 1x3, 2B; O: Bryce Meehl, 1x2, walk-off bases-loaded HR, Ethan Zetocha 2x3, 1R, Grayson Roney 1x3, 1 RBI, Blake Hollingsworth 1x3, 3B, Tyre 10 Ks
Nelson County 9, Kidder County 0
As Jayden Grover rounded third base and trotted home, there was a slight smile on his face. On the pitching mound, on the other hand, the Nelson County pitcher was all business.
“It felt good, getting solid contact,’’ Grover said of his 2-run home run. “I’m more focusing in on the (catcher’s) glove when I’m pitching. You have to throw strikes.’’
The right-hander was a two-way force here Wednesday. In addition to the home run, he pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out 12, as Nelson County beat Kidder County 9-0 in the first round.

Kidder Co. 000 000 – 0 2 2
Nelson Co. 120 402 X – 9 12 2
WP – Jayden Grover; LP – Ryan Sand
Carrington 16, Bismarck 5
Motivation was found in defeat for Carrington.
Carrington opened the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament Wednesday with a big offensive showing. The defending state champion rapped 17 hits in handing the Bismarck Capitals a 16-5 loss.
Carrington (26-9) was ahead 1-0 on the first swing of the game, when leadoff hitter Easton Paeper drove a 2-1 pitch over the center-field fence. That started a 3-run first.
Carrington added two runs in the third, then broke the game open with an 11-run fourth. Fourteen batters went to the plate in the inning, highlighted by a Smith 2-run homer, a 2-run triple by Connor Wendel and 2-run singles by Alex Jarrett, Brady Bickett and Brett Lyman.
Smith was a single from hitting for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and the home run.
“One away from the cycle; that doesn’t matter,’’ he said. “Winning is all we really cared about.’’
Smith led a balanced offense, as every Carrington starter had at least one hit and at least one run and seven of the nine drove in at least one run.
Carrington 302 (11)0 – 16 17 1
Bismarck 000 32 – 5 6 4
WP – Patrick Freeman; LP – Jake Wetzel
Hatton 9, LaMoure 4
Hatton flexed some muscles Wednesday.
The Flyers averaged less than two extra-base hits per game this season. Of their seven hits here, four were for extra bases as Hatton beat LaMoure 9-4 in the first round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament.
“We are mostly a singles-hitting team,’’ Hatton coach Ben Strand said. “We usually need to string together hits to get runs.
Hatton never trailed, scoring twice in the bottom of the first despite hitting just one ball out of the infield.
Then the Flyers started their power show. They scored five in the second inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. Jacob Pladson tripled in one run and Jake Bilden and Landon Workin hit doubles, with Bilden driving in two runs and Workin one.
“I thought they were all singles hitters,’’ LaMoure coach J.R. Thielges said. “They surprised me. They came out spraying the ball in the gaps.

LaMoure 003 010 0-4 8 3
Hatton 252 000 X-9 7 2 WP – Jace Pederson; LP – Parker Stemen

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