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Prep baseball: Sheyenne takes advantage of Wahpeton mistakes to claim East Region championship

The Mustangs earned a spot in the Class A state tournament along with EDC rivals Fargo North and Fargo Shanley on Saturday.

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GRAND FORKS — West Fargo Sheyenne managed just six hits in the East Region championship game on Saturday but that was more than enough given the circumstances.

Wahpeton committed nine errors to the Mustangs’ three and Sheyenne came away with a 7-4 victory and the region title.

It was a tough afternoon for both teams. In addition to the errors, Wahpeton had just four hits and its staff gave up five walks. On the other hand, the Mustangs surrendered eight walks.

Sheyenne scored a run in the first when Brennan Haman singled, stole second and then scored when Caleb Duerr’s two-out infield grounder was misplayed for an error.

Wahpeton took the lead in the top of the third when Caden Kappes walked, stole second and scored on an error. Caden Hockert then drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-1.

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But the Mustangs regained the lead with four runs in the home half of the third. James Hagen bunted to lead off and reached on an error. Haman followed with a triple to center that scored Hagen. Tate Gustafson singled in Haman, moved to second on an error, stole third and scored on a balk. A fourth run scored on another Wahpeton error.

Sheyenne added two more runs in the fifth on an error and Grant Warkenthien’s sacrifice fly to make it 7-3. Wahpeton scored a run with two outs in the top of the seventh but Duerr, who picked up the win in relief, got a strikeout to end the game.

Duerr allowed two unearned runs on one hit in 4-1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Hamman was 3 for 4 and Gustafson, Warkenthien and Cooper Borchardt had the Mustangs’ other hits.

The Class A state tournament opens Thursday, June 2, at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.

Two other Eastern Dakota Conference teams earned state tournament berths Saturday when Fargo Shanley and Fargo North both won state qualifier games in Grand Forks.

Fargo North 8, Grand Forks Red River 5

The Spartans scored four runs in the second to jump in front, then added three in the fifth as Red River crept back into the game and secured a spot in the Class A tournament with the win in a Saturday state qualifier.

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North’s Will Bachman was 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Kaden Kvidera was 3 for 4 and drove in a run and Owen Branson had a hit and three RBIs.

Daniel Boutain doubled in a run, Charlie Kalbrener singled and drove in a run and Aaron Brietbach tripled.

Zach LaMont got the win and relievers Kvidera and Brietbach combined to allow one run on three hits in 3-2/3 innings.

Fargo Shanley 16, Valley City 6

Shanley trailed by a run after 4-1/2 innings but bombed Valley City with 10 runs in the fifth and carried on to win the state qualifier in six innings on Saturday.

The Deacons’ Landon Meier had two hits and drove in three runs, Josh Biver singled and had three RBIs, and Sam Ovsak was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.

Jordan Leininger and Jayden Ouart had hits and both drove in two runs, Tommy Simon tripled and had an RBI and Adam Leininger had a hit and drove in a run.

Jordan Leininger got the win in relief, allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings and striking out three.

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