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YOUTH BASEBALL Bombers win at World Series HAMMOND, Ind. -- Parker Stroh's two-run homer in the first inning helped lead the Grand Forks Bombers past Opp, Ala., on Tuesday night in the Cal Ripken 12-under World Series. The Bombers completed pool ...
Bombers win at World Series
HAMMOND, Ind. -- Parker Stroh's two-run homer in the first inning helped lead the Grand Forks Bombers past Opp, Ala., on Tuesday night in the Cal Ripken 12-under World Series.
The Bombers completed pool play in the tournament with a 2-2 record.
Opp scored three runs in the first, but the Bombers managed to scored two run in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. The Alabama team had runners on first and second in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't complete the rally.
Stroh had three hits for the winners. Will Eagleson also homered for Grand Forks.
The win is expected to advance Grand Forks out of pool play and into the single-elimination portion of the World Series. Single-elimination play begins today.
South Lexington, Ky., is the only unbeaten in the 10-team tournament with a 4-0 record. Three other teams have a 3-1 record followed by the Bombers.
Red River seventh
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Fargo Davies won the team title and Dickinson's Rachel Jahner was the medalist at the East-West Classic that concluded Tuesday at the Jamestown Country Club.
Davies ended with a two-day total 713, while Jahner finished with a 156 -- one stroke better than Kathleen Marsh of Davies.
Grand Forks Red River finished seventh with a 754. The Riders were led by Casey Debeltz, who shot a 92 on the final day for a two-day total 182.
Grand Forks Central finished 13th at 822. Shaylee Ferguson was the top Central golfer as she finished with a 194.
UND picked fourth in Big Sky Conference
OGDEN, Utah -- UND has been picked to finish fourth in the 2013 Big Sky Conference preseason coaches poll. Defending regular-season champion Portland State was picked to win the league.
The votes were comprised of each of the 11 league coaches ranking the league schools with the exception of their own team.
Portland State grabbed seven of the 11 first-place votes to finish with a league-best 95 points. Idaho State (83 points) earned a pair of top votes to finish runner-up with Northern Colorado and UND finishing with 75 and 74 points, respectively. Northern Arizona grabbed the other two first-place nods to take fifth in the poll (59).
Eastern Washington (56) was sixth, Sacramento State seventh (49) and Montana State, which qualified as the sixth and final team into the postseason conference tournament a year ago, took eighth in the preseason predictions. Southern Utah (28), Weber State (26) and Montana (23) rounded out the poll.
UND finished 15-17 overall and 10-10 in league play a year ago to earn the fifth seed in the Big Sky Conference tournament in the school's first season in the league. North Dakota returns nearly its entire roster from a season ago, including every starter. Senior Ronni Munkeby was a second team all-Big Sky performer last year and junior Lexi Robinson earned honorable mention.
North Dakota welcomes its loftiest field for its annual home tournament to start the season. No. 15 Iowa State and Texas A&M (receiving votes) both appear in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason Coaches Poll with rival South Dakota State rounding out the field. The UND Classic is set for Aug. 30 and Aug. 31.
-- Herald staff reports