Patriots' Pengilly steadies ship in win over Wahpeton
The Patriots stole six bases in the win.
JAMESTOWN — In the first consolation game of the second day of the state tournament, the starting pitchers were on display as the Bismarck Century Patriots relied on senior Luke Pengilly to throw a complete game and help his team to a 3-1 win over sophomore Jayden King and the Wahpeton Huskies on Friday, June 3, at Jack Brown Stadium.
King kept his team in the game the entire way, giving up three runs on six hits while collecting nine strikeouts.
“We talked about it, yeah that was a tough loss yesterday and everything but we still have a chance to get two wins and feel good about being in the state tournament,” Patriots head coach Kent Schweigert said. “That was a big thing, focus in, worry about today and then we got another one tomorrow. We’re still playing for two wins.”
The Patriots (14-11) weren’t held off the scoreboard for very long as Gavin Lill led off the inning with a single through the right side. After a Ben LaDuke walk, Lill stole third and came home when the catcher Jackson Fliflet’s throw went into left field, making it a 1-0 game. Later in the frame, Carter Krueger grounded to the second baseman Jack Rittenour who bobbled the ball allowing LaDuke to score and make it a 2-0 game.
The Huskies (13-10) broke through in the top of the third when Caden Kappes grounded out to short allowing Jayden King to score and cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the bottom of the third, the Patriots pushed their lead out further when Lill hit a double to right and was brought home on an RBI single from Krueger to make it a 2-1 game.
The Huskies had three errors in the losing effort, which head coach Andrew Lunsetter said was disappointing.
“We came to this tournament and thought we could win games here,” Lunsetter said. “I’m still pretty sure that we could have won games here. We had two innings in these two games, one inning in each game that got away from us. That’s the story of the losses. Today a little bit of it is we just had a hard time with our bats getting our offense going. A couple of uncharacteristic things for us, kicking the ball around, making a couple mistakes in the field.”
BCHS 3, WHS 1
BCHS: 2 0 1 0 0 X– 3 5 2
WHS: 0 0 1 0 0 0-1 3 3
WP: Luke Pengilly LP: Jayden King
First and Second round Bracket below:
G1: W1 Bismarck Century 1, E4 Shanley 4
G2: E2 Wahpeton 3, W3 Dickinson 6
G3: W2 Minot 10, E3 Fargo North 5,
G4: E1 West Fargo Sheyenne 10 W4 Jamestown 3
G5: W1 Bismarck Century 3, E2 Wahpeton 1
G6: E3 Fargo North vs. W4 Jamestown, 1:45 p.m.
G7: E4 Shanley vs. W3 Dickinson, 4:30 p.m.
G8: W2 Minot vs. W4 West Fargo Sheyenne, 6:45 p.m.