One run is enough

DLBLC Lakers win Northwest sub-region 1-0 over Ryan

Ashton Gerard/MDN Bishop Ryan shortstop Sealy Rovig prepares to catch the ball while Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark's Ava Wille (3) steals second base Tuesday at the South Hill Softball Complex in Minot.

The Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark Lakers squared off to face No. 2 Bishop Ryan for the second time this year Tuesday for the NW Sub-Region Tournament championship game. Previously, the Lakers edged out the Lions 8-7 on May 7.

Tuesday, the Lakers were able to repeat history, besting the Lions by one run to win 1-0 and take the NW Sub-Region.

On Monday, the Lakers defeated Glenburn, 20-4, and Stanley, 11-1, to earn their spot in the championship game.

The Lions played through Velva, 10-1, and Ray, 27-9, for their second chance at defeating DLBLC.

With 18 strikeouts and a one-hitter, Erica Hermanson and the Lakers held off the Lions to zero runs, winning with only one run of their own. DLBLC head coach Mel Erickson said Hermanson struck out two batters with two runners on twice throughout the game.

Ashton Gerard/MDN Lakers freshman outfielder Alyea Casavant swings for the ball during the NW Sub-Region Championship game against Bishop Ryan Tuesday in Minot.

“I felt we played very good, solid defense, I felt our girls were ready to play,” Erickson said of the team.

One fielding error in the first almost allowed Ryan a run, but Hermanson was able to strikeout the next batters to leave Ryan’s Emma Passa stranded on third.

“We were facing one of the best pitchers, if not the best pitcher, in the state,” Ryan head coach Alec Grothe said. “Hats off to her for throwing a great game.”

Hermanson came out in the first with a single, landing her on first base. A courtesy runner, Ava Wille, was brought in for Hermanson. Wille stole second on a wild pitch and was batted in by Brooklyn Benno.

Bishop Ryan seventh-grader Olivia Passa was able to hold the Lakers to four hits throughout the seven innings.

Ashton Gerard/MDN Bishop Ryan sophomore Grace Candrian prepares to swing for the ball during the NW Sub-Region Championship game against Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark Tuesday at the South Hill Softball Complex.

“Olivia did the best she could possibly do on the mound,” Grothe said. “She pitched the best game she’s ever pitched…and gave us our best chance to win.”

Erickson said the Lakers missed out on some scoring opportunities, some girls falling asleep at third base, but overall was pleased by the game.

“We gotta work on running bases and hitting the ball,” he said.

Grothe was pleased with the Lions defense, commending Passa on a game well pitched and the defense behind her. Overall, their defense to him was “phenomenal.”

“Olivia is a great pitcher and will be a great athlete for us this years and in years to come,” he said.

Overall, Grothe said the team fell by not making adjustments at the plate. He said Hermanson was attacking the team batter by batter and the team couldn’t adjust, which was reflected in the score.

“Fantastic, that’s all I can say,” Erickson said. “It was a fantastic game between two fantastic teams.”

Up next, the Lions and the Lakers, along with Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood/Kenmare/Bowbells and Stanley, will travel to Turtle Lake to play in the West Region Tournament on May 21 and 22.