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Magi baseball sweeps Bismarck in twin-bill

Ryan Ladika/MDN Chase Burke takes his at-bat during the doubleheader's first game at Corbett Field.

The Minot Magicians baseball team welcomed the Bismarck Demons to the Magic City for a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader at Corbett Field. The Magi swept the Demons on the afternoon, winning the first game 6-2 and the nightcap 5-0.

The Magi’s scoring in the opener was highlighted by a three-run fifth inning, a frame that saw Trent Greek lead off with a solo shot to extend Minot’s lead to 3-0. Braedon McCarty plated Kaleb Bellew with an RBI triple, and he later scored on a passed ball to score the Magicians’ third run of the inning.

Minot scored its first two runs in the second and third innings, via a Calvin Baker RBI single and a passed ball allowed by the Dickinson catcher, respectively. The Magi would add one more in the sixth inning thanks to an RBI double off the bat of Kellan Burke.

Talon Hebert pitched well for Minot, allowing only the two runs in six innings of work. He struck out a pair in his outing, and gave way for Tyler Harbort in the top of the seventh to lock down the save.

The Magi scored a pair of first-inning runs in the second game to get their hopes of sweeping off on a high note. Chase Burke and Chase Burke and Eli Nissen both scored after reaching via an error and walk, respectively, and Minot scored three more in the third on a two-run single from Kellan Burke and another RBI knock from Kaleb Bellew. By the time the Demons took their hacks in the fourth, they were down 5-0.

Starter Hunter Ruzicka held Bismarck off the board for the first four innings before surrendering a pair of tallies in the fifth on an RBI double and sacrifice fly. That was all the Minot pitching staff would allow, and the Magi would go on to score two more thanks to a run-scoring double from Chase Burke and another knock from Nissen.

Chase Burke got the nod for the seventh inning on the mound, and he set the Demons down quietly to secure the 7-2 win and the sweep.

Minot’s next game is scheduled for Friday afternoon on the road against Mandan High School, with first pitch slated for 4:30 p.m.

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