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Up 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Harvey Post 28âs Shawn Kourajian on second and Trevor Schimke on third in Thursdayâs Class A East Regional opener, Chase Carpenter struck out Brian Fike on three straight pitches for the save, a matchup with top seed Wahpeton and a guaranteed spot in July 30âs State Tournament in Wahpeton, N.D.
âWe rolled in like conquistadors,â said Legion Post 60 assistant coach Erick Counts of Post 60âs marauding spirit coming into Regionals. â[Valley City head coach Kyle] Roelfsema shaved his mustache like a conquistador.â
Valley City led 4-0 on six Harvey errors through two innings but could not put the game away until the final out.
Wahpeton took the subsequent showdown, 10-2, but State seedings are still to be determined.
No. 2 Grafton fell 10-4 to No. 3 Casselton on Thursday, then eliminated No. 4 Harvey, 7-5, in consolation.
Wahpeton faces Casselton at 11 a.m. Friday, and Valley City takes on Grafton at 1:30 p.m., broadcasted on 1490 AM. All four remaining teams advance to State.
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