Hankinson-Fairmount-Lidgerwood’s Cruz Hernandez scored the winning run from 3rd base on a wild pitch as H-F-L beat Oakes 2-1 to reach the championship game of the N.D. Class B District 7 Independent League tournament.
H-F-L, now 16-8, will play top seed LaMoure for the championship tonight at 5 p.m. If a second championship game is needed it would be played immediately after.
Oakes scored a run in the 1st inning and that lead remained until H-F-L scored in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game.
In the bottom of the 7th, H-F-L had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs when Hernandez scored on the wild pitch.
Hankinson-Fairmount-Lidgerwood had 4 hits in the game, 2 by Kaden Kelley.
Hayden Boll pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits. Noah Falk got the last 2 outs of the 7th inning for the win.
State Cal Ripken 12U tournament starts today in Wahpeton
The 12U Cal Ripken State Tournament starts today at the Hughes Complex as 14 teams vie for the state championship.
Wahpeton has two teams in the tournament and Breckenridge one.
The tournament will have pool play today and Friday. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played Saturday and the championship game is schedule for noon on Sunday on Diamond 1.
Volunteers for the tournament are still need. If interested contact the Wahpeton Parks and Recreation Office.
WDA cancels cross-over football games with EDC
The Western Dakota Associated announced Wednesday that the Class 3A North Dakota league will not play cross-over games with the Eastern Dakota Conference this fall in football.
The WDA also announced that all sports will not play non-conference competition, meaning early-season tournaments in volleyball and tennis in the west have been canceled.
As of now Class 2A football will continue as scheduled and the postseason remains in place for all sports.
Hill solid in debut as Twins beat Cardinals
Rich Hill pitched 5 solid innings in his Minnesota Twins debut and four relievers combined to give up just 1 hit and strike out 9 as the Twins beat St. Louis 3-0 Wednesday to complete a 2-game sweep of the Cardinals.
Hill allowed only 2 hits in his 5 innings after being signed by the Twins as a free agent this offseason.
Eddie Rosario homered and Nelson Cruz doubled in a run for the Twins’ offense.
Minnesota begins a 4-game home series against Cleveland starting tonight at Target Field.