Central Cass wins Class B softball state championship
June 5, 2021 7:45 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
JAMESTOWN – Make it a three-peat for the Central Cass Squirrels softball team.
Central Cass defeated Thompson 4-1 in the championship game of the 2021 North Dakota High School Activities Association Class B Softball State Tournament on Saturday, June 5 at Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field.
Central Cass was led by junior Peyton Nelson who was 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs batted in.
The Squirrels struck first, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore infielder Victoria Richter led the game off with a single followed up by a pair of walks drawn by Rylie Holzer and Catie Sinner. With the bases loaded and no outs, Nelson delivered a single up the middle that drove in Richter and Holzer. Sinner later scored on an error.
Armed with a three-run lead, senior pitcher Aubree Lindstrom settled into the game in the circle. Lindstrom finished the game with seven strikeouts and didn’t yield a walk.
Nelson delivered again at the plate for the Squirrels in the fourth inning with a two-out RBI double to extend the Central Cass lead to 4-0.
Thompson scored its lone run in the top of the sixth inning. Junior Mya Krogstad scored on a fielder's choice. Senior Grace Stumpf was 2-for-3 for the Tommies in addition to her working in the pitching circle.
Freshman Grace Fletschock also had a multi-hit game for Central Cass and recorded the game’s final out, catching a fly ball in left field that sealed the Squirrels’ fifth Class B softball state title. Central Cass previously won Class B softball titles in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019.
Earlier Saturday, May-Port-CG defeated Wilton-Wing 15-5 in the seventh-place game, Beulah defeated Kindred-Richland 4-2 in the fifth-place game and Des Lacs-Burlington defeated Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood/Kenmare-Bowbells 15-5 in the third-place game.