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Tonini dazzles in debut, Sabre Dogs win late-night affair

The waiting game lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes before the first pitch was thrown out by Carson Tonini. Heavy rain and lightning delayed his Souris Valley Sabre Dogs debut Thursday evening at Corbett Field. Minot State redshirt freshman Tonini, who was playing for the American Legion Class A ...

Walk-off winner

In the dog days of summer, teams take wins any way they can earn them. The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs are fighting for their playoff lives, and the home team snuck past the Hub City Hotshots, 3-2, on a walk-off wild pitch to earn its first victory on the seven-game homestand. Souris Valley ...

Sabre Dogs earn rain-shortened victory

During the first two games of their current seven-game homestand, the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs battled their opponents in one-run games. A loss against the Badlands Big Sticks and a win over the Hub City Hotshots, respectively, came down to the final inning. The Sabre Dogs wasted no time ...

Bad luck late

It seems a bit odd to hear Christmas tunes while taking in a ballgame at the tail end of July. However, Corbett Field was quite festive on Monday night as the Sabre Dogs battled the Badlands Big Sticks in a “Christmas in July” themed matchup. The temperature at first pitch was 75 degrees ...

Minotauros unveil preseason schedule

The 2019-20 Minotauros report for training camp on August 22, and get one last round of golf in on the 23rd, at the Minotauros 7th Annual Golf Tournament as a symbolic end of the offseason before returning to work on the 24th. The 30 players invited to Minot for training camp will have four ...

MSU women’s hockey joins WMCH for 2019-20 season

Co-commissioners Jason White of Midland University and Kat Hannah of Lindenwood University-Belleville announced the formation of Women’s Midwest Collegiate Hockey on Monday. The six-team league will open play in the 2019-20 season, culminating with the WMCH Tournament held in Saint Louis from ...

Minot Vistas bow out of state tournament, season over

By Greg DeVillers Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — Only five times prior to Sunday had the Grand Forks Royals scored nine or more runs in a game this summer. On Sunday, the Royals scored nine in one inning. A nine-run third inning propelled Grand Forks to a 16-8 win against Minot in ...

Blue Sox defeat Renville County 15-0, earn state berth

LANSFORD — Renville County defeated Surrey 8-7 in eight innings in the first game of Saturday’s action in Lansford. The Muskrats came back from a 7-4 deficit in the final inning, forcing a challenge game at 4:45 p.m. The rubber game of the series would decide the District 3 champion. ...

Burlington bashes Scobey, 16-6, for District 2 title

BURLINGTON — Twenty-four combined runs were scored Friday when the Burlington Bulldogs powered past the Scobey Blues, 16-8. In a rematch Saturday afternoon for the American Legion Class B District 2 championship, No. 3-seeded Bulldogs broke out the bats once again for 16 runs to capture the ...

Minot Vistas keep season alive, top Fargo Post 400

GRAND FORKS — “With two runners on base and two out, Dylan Buchanan hit a routine ground ball to third base. Instead of an inning-ending out, however, Buchanan beat the throw to first for a run-scoring single. That was the start of a five-run third inning, sparking Minot to a 6-2 win ...

Surrey, Renville County advance to District 3 championship

LANSFORD — Ryder Holien didn’t know if the Surrey Blue Sox could defeat the Renville County Muskrats in Lansford. Holien, Surrey’s leadoff hitter and catcher, had a firm grasp on his opponent’s strengths. After all, the Muskrats won both regular-season matchups. “The first time, it ...

Burlington overpowers Scobey in District 2 semifinal

BURLINGTON — With the wind swirling, the No. 3-seeded Burlington Bulldogs built up a 10-2 lead over the top-seeded Scobey Blues (Montana) in a crucial American Legion Class B District 2 semifinal contest Friday in Burlington. The Blues battled back with a six-run sixth inning, but the ...

Minot Vistas fall to Williston in state opener

GRAND FORKS — What was scheduled to be a low-scoring pitching duel between Williston’s Brady Aberle and Minot’s Carson Tonini didn’t exactly scare away the offenses for either team. In the opening round of the American Legion Class AA State Tournament, the No. 6-seeded Williston ...

Ranch Rodeo returns

Shannon Dean cannot think of anything more American than the Ranch Rodeo. Dean has announced rodeo action for 20 years, but still feels his heart swell with pride each time he sits down and calls the action. “To see a true American-made sport is pretty cool,” Dean said. “This isn’t ...

Metros end season with 11-6 loss to Mandan

Seven runs given up in the fourth inning was ultimately the Minot Metros downfall Thursday afternoon in a state qualifier game at the American Legion Class A West Region Tournament. In an offensive showdown with the Mandan A’s, the Metros couldn’t keep pace in front of their home ...

Surrey Babe Ruth team returns to state for a third straight season

SURREY — There was a time when making the State Class B Babe Ruth Tournament was seen as a longshot in Surrey. “Dating back to the late 1990s, this team had only made it to the state tournament twice and there was actually a 10-year gap before we have gone three times in a row now,” ...

Back at the ranch

Darrell Oswald makes it a point to come back to Minot and judge the Ranch Rodeo every year. He gets to see some people he hasn’t seen in a while, so he’s more than willing to make the 110-mile trip north from Wing. He judges some other rodeos around the state, but there’s something ...