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N.D. STATE BASEBALL: Thompson defeats Rugby to advance

FARGO -- Thompson's Schwabe brothers were too much for Rugby on Thursday afternoon. Calen Schwabe pitched six strong innings and Cadyn Schwabe knocked in four runs as the No. 3 Tommies beat Rugby 9-1 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota state...

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Calen Schwabe of Thompson pitches to a Rugby batter during the Thursday, June 2, 2016, game in the North Dakota State Class B baseball game at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo. Thompson won the game 9-1. (Dave Wallis / The Forum)

FARGO -- Thompson’s Schwabe brothers were too much for Rugby on Thursday afternoon.

Calen Schwabe pitched six strong innings and Cadyn Schwabe knocked in four runs as the No. 3 Tommies beat Rugby 9-1 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota state Class B baseball tournament at Newman Outdoor Field.

Calen, a junior who entered the tournament with a 0.21 earned-run average, gave up three hits and no earned runs.

“I was having control problems at the start of the game, but I found a way to get the win,” Calen said.

Cadyn, a freshman, was 2-for-3 at the plate, including a key double in Thompson’s four-run third inning.

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“He showed up to play and drove a few in,” Calen said. “It was good to see.”

Thompson, 20-2 overall, will play Carrington in Friday’s 4:30 p.m. semifinals.

“They’re well-coached,” Thompson coach Brady Schwab said of the No. 2-seeded Carrington. “We’ve battled round and round with them over the years. It comes down to throwing strikes, making plays and picking up timely hits. I’m excited. It’s a good team, a great matchup and it’s what you want at the state tournament.”

Against Rugby, the Tommies pulled away early with seven runs across the first three innings.

In the first inning, sophomore Trey Larimer singled to right field to score the game’s first two runs.

Cadyn Schwabe picked up big hits in both the second and third innings. He singled to center in the second to drive in Braeden Ambron for a 3-0 lead in the second, then the left-handed hitter pulled a double, a hard grounder between the first baseman and the right-field line, to score two in the fourth to make it 6-1.

“He’s kind of our sparkplug at the top of the order,” Schwab said. “It’s a testament to the bottom of the order to be on base to give him opportunities that he cashed in. We had lots of guys get timely hits, which you have to have this time of year.”

Rugby was led by two hits each from Evan Burckhard and Shayden Luna.

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“We didn’t play horribly, but we didn’t play our best and you have to play your best against teams like Thompson,” Rugby co-head coach Greg Foster said. “Everything is magnified at the state tournament. If you boot a ball, teams make you pay the price. Groundballs and flyouts have to be outs every time if you want to beat a team like that.”

The Panthers play Central McLean in a consolation semifinal at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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