Park River beats Thompson in rematch of state Class B title game
In the prep baseball rivalry between Park River and Thompson, Park River kept the upper hand Sunday afternoon at Kraft Field.
In a rematch of the North Dakota state Class B championship game, Park River came out on top again with a 9-5 victory in the championship game of the Montgomery Tournament.
“Every time we play them it’s a good game,” said Park River’s Jacob Erovick, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player. “I like playing Thompson, and I think they like playing us. We give them good competition, and they give us good competition.”
The Pirates cruised early, then had to hang on late.
Park River scored seven runs through the first three innings to stake an 8-1 lead through four innings.
Thompson closed the gap and made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Thompson scored three runs and put two batters on base with nobody out in the seventh off Pirates starter Erovick.
Park River turned to reliever Nate Zavalney, who induced a key lineout to shortstop by Hayden Overby for the first out.
A caught stealing and a strikeout ended the threat for Thompson.
“We came out and got on our sticks early and let the momentum carry us,” Park River coach Estan Beneda said.
Erovick was 3-for-4 with three runs and a triple, while Charlie Thompson added three hits and Adam Zavalney was 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and three runs batted in to key the Park River attack.
“I thought they were better than us offensively,” Thompson coach Brady Schwab said. “We didn’t have competitive at-bats until the end of the game. When they score runs in bunches like that, we put ourselves in a hole.
“It’s always fun to play them. They have a legit program. Every time we play them, you know they’re going to bring it.”