Park River/F-L wins NDHSAA Class B baseball state title
June 1, 2019 9:45 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO – Park River/Fordville-Lankin and Thompson met in the North Dakota High School Activities Association Class B Baseball Championship Game for the third straight season on Saturday, June 1.
Entering the third meeting, the Aggies held a 2-0 advantage in title game matchups and Saturday’s final would belong to the defending state champions as well.
Park River/Fordville-Lankin defeated Thompson 9-8 in eight innings at Newman Outdoor Field.
It was a see-saw game the two squads have become to be known for the last several years at state. The Aggies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Thompson would answer big with a five-run third inning. In the bottom of the third, Park River/F-L tied the game 5-5 and took a 8-5 lead plating three runs in the fourth inning.
Thompson would cut the deficit to 8-6 in the sixth. Down to their final at-bats in the seventh, Thompson would put together a rally and force extra innings.
Park River/F-L senior Adam Zavalney led off the bottom of the eighth with a sharp single and later scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by senior Bryce Wood.
Adam Zavalney was 4-for-4 with a walk, 3 RBIs and four runs scored. Wood was 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs.
The Tommies got 3-for-4 nights from Josh Sem and Clay Odenbach. Thompson senior Cadyn Schwabe was 3-for-5 with a run scored and and RBI.