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Up 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Harvey Post 28â€™s Shawn Kourajian on second and Trevor Schimke on third in Thursdayâ€™s 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 30â€™s State Tournament in Wahpeton, N.D.
â€śWe rolled in like conquistadors,â€ť said Legion Post 60 assistant coach Erick Counts of Post 60â€™s marauding spirit coming into Regionals. â€ś[Valley City head coach Kyle] Roelfsema shaved his mustache like a conquistador.â€ť
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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