Central Cass gets convincing 9-0 win over New Rockford-Sheyenne

Jun. 1—JAMESTOWN — The Central Cass Squirrels offense exploded early and that saw them get a 9-0 win over New Rockford-Sheyenne in the third-place game of the 2024 NDHSAA Class B State Baseball Tournament on Saturday, June 1, at Jack Brown Stadium.

The Squirrels (20-2) made the Black Sox' starter Connor Knatterud work in the first inning to the tune of 38 pitches. One of the biggest plays in the frame came when Kale Pearson hit a run-scoring single on the 14th pitch of the at-bat to score a run and push the Squirrels in front 2-0 in what was a four-run inning.

"We wanted to jump on him, however many pitches he threw, whatever, we just wanted to hit the ball, come out and hit the ball, knock the ball around and have some fun today," Squirrels head coach Dustin Maasjo said.

The Squirrels added one more in the third on a sacrifice fly and then two in the fourth on a wild pitch and a single to push the lead out to 7-0. The No. 2-seeded Squirrels added one more in the fifth to take a 9-0 lead.

On the mound, the Squirrels' Carter Maasjo pitched a complete game shutout in his final high school game. The senior gave up four hits while striking out 11 and walking two hitters. After the first inning, Knatterud settled down, being taken out after three innings with 72 pitches, in his second appearance of the tournament. Knatterud gave up five runs on five hits while walking four.

"I'd say my fastball and slider were working pretty well today," Carter Maasjo said. "I was able to locate both of those, having a little trouble with my curveball but I was able to locate those two for sure."

The Black Sox (13-9) had four hits in the game, with two of them coming off the bat of Bradyn Collier. Collier fought through pain in this one as he was in obvious discomfort after getting hit with a Squirrels back swing in the third inning.

"That's probably one of the toughest kids I've ever seen in my life," Black Sox head coach Dave Skogen said. "We were gonna have to carry him out on a stretcher to get him out of that game, trainer looked him over pretty heavy, didn't think there was anything broke. She checked him, I checked him, I looked him over real good to make sure when he was catching the ball there was no wincing, no nothing. He didn't do it, so we let him keep fighting."

NRS 0, CC 9

NRS: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 4 2

CC: 4 0 1 2 2 0 X — 9 9 3

The full bracket is below:

Day 1 5/30:

#1 Thompson 14 vs. Surrey 0

#4 Des Lacs-Burlington 2 vs. #5 New Rockford-Sheyenne 3

#2 Central Cass 3 vs. Washburn/Wilton/Center-Stanton 1

#3 Grafton 10 vs. Bottineau 1

Day 2 5/31:

Surrey 3 vs. #4 Des Lacs-Burlington 4

Washburn/Wilton/Center-Stanton 7 vs. 3 Bottineau 3

#1 Thompson 6 vs. New Rockford-Sheyenne 0

#3 Grafton Spoilers vs. #2 Central Cass

Day 3 06/01:

Seventh place Game:

Surrey 6 vs. Bottineau 4

Fifth place game:

Des Lacs-Burlington 3 vs. Washburn 4

Third place game:

#5 New Rockford-Sheyenne 0 vs. #2 Central Cass 9