LaMOURE - The Velva American Legion team couldn't solve LaMoure pitcher Chris Heinrich, who allowed just three hits and worked around seven walks in a 4-1 LaMoure win that ended Velva's season in the Class B state tournament Saturday.
Velva (29-8) didn't score until second baseman Jon Mack drove in a run in the seventh inning.
Center fielder Brady Thielges and catcher Tyler Thielges each drove in two runs for LaMoure.
Grafton 6, Wahpeton 4
Section 4 champion Grafton defeated Wahpeton 6-4 to remain unbeaten.
Wahpeton didn't allow a run in its first 15 innings of the tournament. That changed when Grafton scratech across a run in the second inning. Two innings later, it scored three more to erase a 3-1 deficit.
Wahpeton's Cole Gilles went 2-for-2 and hit a pair of doubles.
Wahpeton 11, LaMoure 7
Wahpeton rebounded from its loss to Grafton with an 11-7 extra-innings win against LaMoure that kept Wahpeton's championship hopes alive entering today's final.
Jeremy Bontjes pitched 4 2-3 innings of perfect relief, striking out eight LaMoure hitters along the way.
Wahpeton will play Grafton at 2 p.m. and must beat them twice to win the Class B championship.
Grafton 12, Washburn 2
Grafton's offense struck early in a 12-2 win against Washburn, carrying the American Legion team into today's state championship.
Grafton scored six runs in the first inning and three more in the third to build a 9-0 lead that Washburn (31-6) never recovered from. With the loss, Washburn has been eliminated from the state tournament.
Grafton - still unbeaten in the tournament - has two chances at a state title today. Grafton plays Wahpeton at 2 p.m. and must beat Wahpeton either then or in a second game at 4:30 p.m. to be crowned champions.
- Daily News Staff