Blazers battle back from 4-run deficit for 3rd in Impact tourney

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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 7:02 am

The Cass-Traill Blazers 18U finished third in the North Dakota Impact League tournament Tuesday after rallying for an 8-6 win over Hankinson in extra innings.

No. 5 Cass-Traill found itself in a matchup against the second-seeded Pirates after both teams lost their semifinal matchups that afternoon to No. 1 Casselton and No. 3 Thompson, respectively.

The Blazers battled back after a slow start that saw Hankinson jump out to a 4-0 lead through four innings behind starting pitcher Kirstan Loewen’s quick groundouts and flyouts.

“We were swinging at bad pitches,” Cass-Traill head coach Cory Erickson said.

“I wanted the girls to ... look for things more belt-high. Once we started swinging at those, we were making better contact.”

Hankinson took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the opening inning on an error that scored runners from second and third.

The Pirates increased their lead to 3-0 in the third inning following a collision between Blazers pitcher Saige Forseth and Hankinson catcher Maxine Ebel, allowing a run to score from third.

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