Minot High baseball wins two to reach state tournament

BISMARCK — Somehow, someway the Minot High School baseball team was going to find a way to keep its season alive and be a part of the state tournament that will be taking place in its own backyard at Corbett Field.

The No. 6-seeded Magicians worked their magic Saturday at the Class A West Region Tournament. Minot knocked off No. 7 Jamestown, 5-4, in a loser-out contest and then upset No. 4 Mandan, 4-2, in a state qualifier contest later in the day to reach the state tournament for a third straight season.

Having to play two games due to rain pushing back the regional tournament on Friday, the Magi opened the day at the Shiloh Christian baseball fields in Bismarck and jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over Jamestown in the first inning. Senior Kyler Stenberg had a two-run single.

MHS starting pitcher Alex Schimke was in cruise control for most of the game before Jamestown made things interesting late in the game.

Leading 5-3 in the top of the seventh, Derek Nygaard relieved Schimke with a runner on third base and two outs left to get. Nygaard gave up a sacrifice fly and then finished the win off with a ground out.

Schimke was the only Magi with multiple hits in the game, going 3-for-3 at the plate.

Minot moved over to the Sanford Sports Complex for the state qualifier contest against Mandan.

Dylan Vigested provided an RBI double in the third inning to break the deadlock. Minot extended the lead with a sacrifice bunt and RBI single by Kaleb Bellew in the sixth inning, 3-0.

MHS starting pitcher Blake Smith went five strong innings before handing the ball off to Stenberg.

Mandan scored its only two runs on an error in the bottom of the sixth inning. Vigested got one run back in the seventh with an RBI single. He went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the game.

Stenberg tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning to close out the win.

Minot will be the West Region No. 4 seed at the state tournament being held in Minot, starting May 30.

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