Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter.
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WEST FARGO — When Megan Gaffaney was among the best players in the state of North Dakota, she was among the best performers in almost everything.
FARGO—Isaiah Thomas didn't know winning by 10-run rule was possible in the state tournament, so when he drove in yet another run, he was surprised to see his teammates storm the field in celebration. Treyton Mattern was bleeding after he was cut up in the ensuing dogpile, but he felt just fine. West Region No. 2-seeded Bismarck Century had just beaten East Region No. 4-seeded Grand Forks Red River 12-2 in five innings to win the North Dakota Class A state baseball title on Saturday, June 2, at Newman Outdoor Field.
FARGO -- Not even a weather stoppage and playing on two different days could stop Bismarck Century from getting to the state championship. After a lightning delay forced play to be suspended on Friday, June 1, the West Region No. 2-seeded Patriots defeated East Region No. 1-seeded Fargo Davies 4-2 in the North Dakota Class A state baseball semifinals on Friday, June 1, at Newman Outdoor Field.
FARGO—Not even a weather stoppage and playing on two different days could stop Bismarck Century from getting to the state championship. After a lightning delay forced play to be suspended on Friday, June 1, the West Region No. 2-seeded Patriots defeated East Region No. 1-seeded Fargo Davies 4-2 in the North Dakota Class A state baseball semifinals on Friday, June 1, at Newman Outdoor Field. The Patriots (24-3) will now play East Region No. 4-seeded Grand Forks Red River in the state championship game today in a guaranteed full seven-inning contest.
FARGO—Will Raymond was nervous before and throughout the game. He feels his team wouldn't have even been in a tough situation if he hadn't, as he specifically remembers, grounded out to the right side with two outs with runners on second and third base in the third inning.
FARGO — No matter if it's batting or pitching, Matt Hagen likes to be in clutch situations. Hagen took the mound and got Fargo Davies through the seventh inning in a tied game. Then he stepped up to the plate and hit a game-winning RBI to propel the No. 1-seeded Eagles to a 5-4 win over West Region No. 4-seeded Mandan in the North Dakota Class A state baseball quarterfinals on Thursday, May 31, at Newman Outdoor Field. "Everything is running through your head," Hagen said. "You just have to stay calm and produce for the team."
FARGO—Head coach Jeff Fiechtner thought Fargo North's Cameron Blazek pitched well enough to win. But Bismarck Century's Jakob Olson was better. After Century scored two runs in the first inning, Olson pitched a shutout as the West Region No. 2-seeded Patriots edged East Region No. 3 seed North 3-0 on Thursday, May 31, at Newman Outdoor Field. "They got a couple clutch hits, and we never did when we had a chance to score," Fiechtner said. "We were put in a good situation. Their pitcher threw a little bit better."
FARGO—Ryan Bourassa and Carson Tonini were pitch for pitch, exchanging strikeouts and jams avoided. Tonini knew every hit and every scoring opportunity was going to matter. So he took matters into his own hands and gave himself the only offense he needed. Tonini scored his team's lone run on a passed ball and completed a shutout as West Region No. 3-seeded Minot took down East Region No. 2 seed and defending state champion West Fargo 1-0 in the North Dakota Class A state baseball quarterfinals on Thursday, May 31, at Newman Outdoor Field.
FARGO—Coby Tweten wouldn't have believed it. When Grand Forks Red River started the season 1-4, Tweten wouldn't have believed his team would be in the state semifinals. Tweten and the rest of the Roughriders are believers now. Conner Richardson allowed one run in a complete game and East Region No. 4-seeded Red River got the bats going en route to a 12-1 upset win over West Region top-seeded Williston on Thursday, May 31, at Newman Outdoor Field.
WEST FARGO—The three primary pitchers for West Fargo High School's baseball team each rely on different pitches and do different things to get their outs. But seniors Ryan Bourassa, Tristen Roehrich and Garrett Levin all wanted to be pitchers because they loved being in control of the game. And they have done just that for most of the season—one in which the Packers placed second at last week's East Region Tournament and are poised to win a second straight state championship this week at Newman Outdoor Field.