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Thompson advances in state Class B softball tournament

The Tommies ended up defeating the No. 3 seed out of the West, Beulah, 10-0 to advance to Friday's semifinals against Des Lacs Burlington/ Lewis & Clark.

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Thompson celebrates a run Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the North Dakota State Class B girls softball tournament at Trapper Field in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / Jamestown Sun
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JAMESTOWN — The 2021 Class B state softball tournament saw back-to-back games with no runs scored through three innings, but the fourth inning has proven to be dangerous.

Thompson freshman Faith Stumpf drove in Mya Krogstad with a double in the bottom of the fourth inning of quarterfinal No. 2 Thursday afternoon at Jamestown's Trapper Field. It was the first of many runs for Thompson.

The Tommies ended up defeating the No. 3 seed out of the West, Beulah, 10-0 to advance to Friday's semifinals against Des Lacs Burlington/ Lewis & Clark.

The semifinal game is clocked to begin at 4 p.m.

"It feels good," Krogstad said of being back at state. "This past week we've just been waiting to come out to play."


Thompson was in scoring position with Kaitlin Samuelson on second base and Jada Welke in the batter's box in the bottom of the second. Welke popped up to Beulah shortstop Ava Seibel for out No. 2. After the squeeze, Siebel flicked the ball out to second where McKay Daviney caught Samuelson running for a 5-4 double-play to end the second frame.

Thompson's tone changed after the third inning.

"We came into the dugout after playing some defense and were just like, we need to get a hit, get some runs in," Krogstad said. "We just really tried to get some runs in there and we did so that was good."

Samuelson followed Krogstad in the fourth with an RBI single that scored Olivia Dick. First baseman Summer Hegg loaded up the bases with a walk and Kjersten Lopez advanced her second on fielder's choice, bringing up leadoff hitter Mackenzie Hughes who was looking for her first hit of the tournament.

Beulah pitcher Taylor Christensen walked Hughes, keeping the bases full for Krogstad. Krogstad unloaded the bags with a double to center, making it a 7-0 game. The junior went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs.

In the deciding inning, Thompson ran through 14 batters and strung together six hits.

Beulah head coach Matt Chandler made a change at the mound bringing in seventh-grader Cassidy Christensen.

"We're really down to one pitcher for the weekend so I kind of wanted to save some energy and bring the seventh-grader in to get some experience," Chandler said. "That was good.


"(Tomorrow) I don't think we have to do a whole lot different. We have to hit the ball, score a few runs -- hopefully (May-Port/CG) is not able to string hits together like Thompson did."

May-Port-CG falls

Brooklyn Benno broke the seal to score the first run of the 2021 Class B state softball tournament Thursday morning at Trapper Field.

After a scoreless three innings between Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark and Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg, Benno, the senior clean-up hitter for DLB, singled to right-center field, scoring Kaelyn Bachmeier to make it 1-0. The No. 1-seeded Lakers ended up topping the Patriots 5-0 to advance to Friday's semifinals.

"It's a great feeling," Benno said of being back at the state tournament. "We've kind of said, 'Respect all and fear none.' We knew that we needed to get the bats going and that's going to be a common theme for the rest of the tournament.

"We're just one step closer to where we want to be so it feels good."

Benno, a six-year varsity team member, took command of the game on the mound. The senior delivered 12 strikeouts to shut down the Patriots' bats. Benno had seven consecutive strikeouts before MPCG's Maysa Larson advanced to first on an error by Cambrey Benno in right field.

Benno surrendered just three hits and allowed two walks across her seven innings pitched.

"My game plan for this game and every game is just to do my best ... and try to get as many outs for the team," Benno said.


Brynley Benno followed her twin sister's lead at the next at-bat, powering one to right to score the second run of the game. With no Laker outs on the board and a runner on second, MPCG pitcher Rylee Satrom had some work to do to end DLB's streak.

The freshman delivered three straight strikeouts to keep it a two-score game.

"She's solid, she doesn't get rattled, and as you saw, she was down with no outs and she came back and got three outs," MPCG head coach Timothy Spurgeon said of Satrom. "It's nice when her sister is the catcher. They can kind of calm each other down."

The Patriots drop into Friday’s consolation round.

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Gerber is a sports writer for the Jamestown Sun.
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