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West Fargo Sheyenne outlasts Mandan, 13-8 – The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON — First baseman Madison Aadland smashed a grand slam home run and went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs to help West Fargo Sheyenne past Mandan 13-8 in a late consolation round contest from Sanford Softball. Complex on Friday, May 31, and will now play Grand Forks Red River after the Roughriders destroyed Fargo North by a 17-0 football score. Left fielder Mya Migler went 3-for-5 with a run and 2 RBIs, and third baseman Makenna Alexander was a perfect 3-for-3 with 2 runs, while shortstop Kate Geiszler was 2-for-4 with 2 runs in another. multi-hit performance for the Mustang.

“It was really nice to get that Grand-Slam and get our energy flowing again,” Aadland said. “It took the fire from under us to start. It sucks not being in that state championship game, but it’s nice to get into those consolation games for our seniors and for us to prepare as well.”

In the opener, Migler was hit by a pitch and walked by Schauer, who went 3-for-5 while drilling an RBI double off the wall in left field, but was thrown out after being caught by on base and the Mustangs stranded 2 runners.

Mandan wasted no time answering as center fielder Ellie McElvaney – who paced the Braves in a 3-for-5 effort with a slugging, 3 runs, an RBI and a team-high 10 bases – struck out a triple on the left wall. and Yantzer followed suit with a double in nearly the same spot to score McElvaney. But Tveter shut down the Braves and recorded three straight outs to close the threat at 1-all.

The Mustangs couldn’t be fooled in the second inning, loading the bases on walks to starting pitchers Presley Tveter and Katelyn Bishop, with Anyah Moffet reaching on an error, while Migler singled in Tveter and Schauer scored a 2-run double that scored. Bishop and Moffett. The Mustangs were able to load the bases two more times – in the inning – but the Braves recorded a double play and a groundout to end the threat at 3 runs and fell behind, 4-1.

The Braves halved the lead in the bottom of the third on a triple over the right-center field wall by McElvaney, and she scored in the next at-bat on a sacrifice-line-drive to left by McKenzie Yantzer, but West Fargo eliminated the threat with just 1 run surrendered.

The Mustangs struck quickly again in the fourth when Alexander and Geiszler each singled to left and Addie Rolstad reached on an error to load the bases again, then Aadland plated Miller’s 2-1 offering , throwing a big fly deep over left. -infield wall for the grand slam homer that gave WFHS a seemingly insurmountable lead, 8-2.

But in the bottom of the fifth, McElvaney ripped a moonshot over deep center field and Yantzer singled to left, with Savannah Gustavsson following suit and putting runners on first and second. Designated hitter Jenna Wandler sent a 2-run double off the wall in left to cut the gap even further to 8-5, and Kaebry Weekes moved her to third on a single. Tveter left McGrane in relief and the righty struck out lefty Taylor Arnegard looking before throwing out to first baseman Hope Hanson to load the bases for the Braves, but a groundout stranded all three baserunners and ended the threat of close the half.

To open the seventh and final inning, the Mustangs recorded four straight singles, with Rolstad, Aadland and Tveter all driving in runs and Rolstad scoring on a wild pitch to give Sheyenne a 13-5 lead, and McGrane continued the good work, using the lead to her advantage and allowed 3 runs, but closing the game on a groundout from McElvaney for the final out of the game.

“We’re going to get the win, and you don’t want to leave a lot of runners on base and get crucial hits and not leave runners on base and in scoring position,” West Fargo Sheyenne manager Mark Woodberry said. “We missed some chances but we also took some chances and that was good for us.”

For more information on softball in North Dakota, please visit

https://ndhsaanow.com/tournaments/softball and/or https://www.wdasports.org/postseasons/spring-2024/softball .

Gaylon Wm.  Parker

Gaylon is a sportswriter from Jensen Beach, Fla., but has lived all over the world. Growing up with an athletic background gave him a love of sports that led to a career in journalism in places like Enid, Okla., Alamogordo, NM, Pascagoula, Miss. and Viera, Fla. since 1998. His main passion is the small town. community sports, especially baseball and soccer.