An estimated 750 fans made the trip to the North Softball Complex to take in 17 different teams in 11 games for day one of the first annual Midseason Madness presented by RDO Equipment Co.
Both teams were just in town for the day with Bismarck taking on West Fargo in West Fargo on Saturday and Grand Forks Central celebrating prom.
The Demons used hot bats and strong pitching and defense to walk away winners by a score of 13-2. Payton Garvig made a 2-0 lead 3-0 with a second inning homer. Brielle Wrangham also hit a homer, her first of two on the day, in the game.
Morgan Tebelius had a pair of hits in the game for the Knights. Jillian Pulkrabek, Macy Chine and Sadie Hillman had one hit each.
Dickinson extended its season opening win streak to 16 with a convincing 5-inning victory over Grand Forks Red River. The Midgets continued their hot hitting that has seen them sit on top of the state's runs per game category by a wide margin.
#2 DLBLC and #3 Kindred-Richland played the barnburner of the first time slot of the Midseason Madness.
Matti Burchill launched a solo homer in the top of the first to put Kindred-Richland up 1-0. The game stayed that way for several innings despite chances on both sides. In the middle innings, the Vikings had runners on second and third with one out as they tried to extend their lead. Catcher Brynley Benno made a spectacular diving catch on a bunt to thwart the rally.
The Lakers chipped in four runs of their own to take a 4-1 lead into the seventh. Pitcher Brooklyn Benno showed quick reflects on a liner right back at her to catch it. Ultimately, she stranded the tying run on third to preserve the win.
Another tightly contested crossover Class B game saw Harvey/Wells County pick off May-Port-CG in a game that featured a boatload of strikeouts from both team's pitchers.
Central Cass continued their unbeaten season with a win over Heart River. The Squirrels got home runs from Tori Richter and Cate Sinner in the game. Riley Holzer added three runs and one hit. Peyton Nelson went the distance in the circle striking out nine and allowing 2 unearned runs.
Jersey Filkowski and Aspen Jarrett both had a hit and an RBI for Heart River.
Wilton-Wing overcame their bus breaking down on the trip to Fargo and a deficit to Northern Cass as they rallied to win their Midseason Madness opener by a mark of 9-8. Taryn Schurhamer smacked a grand slam, drove in six runs and got the win in the circle while racking up 15 strikeouts for the Miners. Taylor Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI while Kiaria Johnson hit a double and picked up an RBI.
Kensie Anderson took the ball started in the circle for Northern Cass who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. Anderson struck out three in 5.2 innings. Kassie Pachak led the Jaguars with 2 hits, including a triple.
Bismarck flexed its muscle and made a case for a higher ranking next week (currently 5) in a 25-1 route of #9 Fargo Davies.
Brielle Wrangham and Caitlyn Dannenfizer led the Bismarck attack with four hits and five driven in each. Ashlee Potter also tacked on four hits and four RBI. All three players hit homers in the game. That puts Wrangham at two for the day after she hit a homer in the game one win over Grand Forks Central.
Graciela Contreras hit a long ball for Davies in the loss.
Grand Forks Central bounced back from their first round loss to Bismarck with an impressive 22-4 win over Williston. Brooklyn Ramsey launched two home runs in the same inning to propel the Knights to victory.
Gracie hit a two-run homer for Williston. They are back at it on Saturday with games against Fargo Shanley and Grand Forks Red River.
The Vikings bounced back from a tough first round loss with an impressive 14-4 win over Class A Fargo Shanley.
Matti Burchill launched her second home run of the day, this one of the three-run variety, in the win.
The Sioux were impressive in all facets of the game in their victory over the Grizzlies. The tallied 11 hits, committed just one error and picked up 6 strikeouts in the circle for the win.
E. Braaten, K. Simpson and D Mardsen all chipped in 3 hits for WNB, while E Rybchinski led the way with 3 hits. D. Tweed picked up the win in the circle allowed just two runs on seven hits.
L. Crosby led the way with two hits for Pembina County North and C. Walter drove in the two runs. Walter also picked up 3 strike outs pitching in 5 innings of work.
We didn't know it when the schedule was created months ago, but Dickinson and Central Cass came into this one with impressive resumes. Dickinson at 16-0 and holding onto the #1 spot in the Class A coaches poll. Central Cass at 15-0 and sitting at #1 in Class B.
Dickinson scored a run in the bottom of the first, but it was all Aubree Lindstrom from there. The Central Cass senior fanned 12 while allowing just two hits in the contest. Catie Sinner blasted a three run homer in the top of the sixth for the game-winning runs. The homer was her second of the day.
Paige Balliet and Kali Kubas had the only two hits for Dickinson. Ava Jahner allowed one earned run on two hits while striking out 5 batters. Mataya Mortensen also pitched for Dickinson.
The game was cleanly played and pitching dominated. There was only 7 combined hits and one error in the contest.