PREP BASEBALL: Thompson makes Class B baseball final, waits for an opponent
FARGO--Weather put a damper on most of the North Dakota state Class B baseball tournament Friday, June 3, at Newman Outdoor Field. The two consolation games were limited to five innings due to a rain delay, and the second semifinal was postponed ...
FARGO--Weather put a damper on most of the North Dakota state Class B baseball tournament Friday, June 3, at Newman Outdoor Field.
The two consolation games were limited to five innings due to a rain delay, and the second semifinal was postponed before it started. That game was moved to 10 a.m. Saturday.
The clouds, however, did part long enough for Thompson sophomore pitcher Tyler Hegg to shine. The right-hander threw a two-hitter as the No. 3 Tommies blanked No. 2 Carrington 5-0 in the state semifinals.
"Ty was awesome," Thompson coach Brady Schwab said. "He dialed it up and was able to locate and keep hitters off balance."
Thompson, 21-2 overall, plays the winner of Saturday morning's semifinal between No. 1 Beulah and No. 4 Park River/Fordville-Lankin. After Beulah and PRFL warmed up in the outfield, a tarp was placed on the field as the area expected heavy rain.
"We still have a goal out there," Schwab said. "It's fun to be in that position but it's a business trip. We're excited to match up with one of these teams."
The Tommies, who are searching for their first state title since 2005, scored a run in the first inning on a Calen Schwabe sacrifice fly to score his brother Cadyn Schwabe.
Thompson never looked back, pushing the lead to 4-0 with a two-run fifth inning. Cadyn Schwabe made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly and Malek Larimer tacked on another run with a single to centerfield to score Braeden Ambron.
The Thompson offense was also aided by first baseman Brett Sutter-Hegg, who was 3-for-4 with a double.
That was plenty of cushion for Hegg, who struck out four.
"The fastball and curveball were working today," Hegg said. "Our defense was also really good."
Jayden Shipman and Payton Smith both had singles to provide Carrington's only hits.
"We played pretty well except for the hitting," Carrington coach Wayne Shipman said. "(Hegg) made it tough for us to hit. We didn't get the hits when we needed them."
After the 10 a.m. semifinal Saturday, the games for seventh, fifth and third will be limited to five innings. The championship game will be seven innings and follow the third-place game. The title game is scheduled to be played at 7 p.m. Saturday.