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Magicians baseball splits doubleheader with Jamestown

JAMESTOWN – After suffering a blowout 14-1 defeat to Jamestown on the road Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader, the Minot High School baseball team (8-4, 5-3 WDA) got the last laugh with a 14-3 victory to close out the day and force a split.

The Blue Jays (4-2, 4-2 WDA) pulled away early in the opening game by scoring 12 runs in the first two innings. Now trailing 14-0 in the top of the fifth inning, the Magicians needed five runs to avoid the mercy rule.

Senior Kyler Stenberg managed to get the Magi on the board with an RBI single, but Jamestown’s defense refused to allow any more runs. Dawson Douty closed out the game on the mound to secure the 14-1 victory.

After a brief break, Minot returned with new life. Leading 4-2 in the top of the third inning, the Magi erupted for nine runs to blow the game wide open. The highlight came courtesy of senior Alex Schimke, who brought in two runs with a single off Jamestown pitcher Maximus Anderson.

Junior Derek Nygaard padded the lead with an RBI single of his own in the following inning, and Minot’s defense contained the Blue Jays’ hitters en route to a 14-3 win.

Nygaard finished with three RBIs and one run on 3-for-4 hitting, while sophomore Chase Burke recorded two RBIs and three runs on a perfect 4-for-4 showing at the plate. Sophomore Dylan Buchanan allowed just four hits in a complete game on the mound.

Next up for the Magi is a doubleheader against Williston today at Corbett Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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