Baseball: 2 local grads start for college teams

Adam Thompson and Ty Karger play key roles at collegiate level.

Adam Thompson played in 26 games as a pitcher, catcher, shortstop and second baseman for Valley City State University during the 2022 spring season.
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Nevis graduate Adam Thompson and Park Rapids graduate Ty Karger played key roles on their respective college baseball teams this spring.

Thompson started 14 games and played in 26 games for Valley City State University while Karger played in 35 games for Minnesota State Fergus Falls Community and Technical College.

Adam Thompson

VALLEY CITY, ND – Thompson capped off his senior season as a pitcher, catcher, shortstop and second baseman for the Vikings.

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Adam Thompson

Thompson hit .262 (11 for 42, including three doubles) with 10 RBI and eight runs scored. Thompson went 2 for 3 with three RBI in a game against Jamestown and went 3 for 4 with two RBI in a game against Presentation.

On the mound, Thompson had a 3-0 record and 6.97 ERA in nine appearances. In 22 ⅓ innings, Thompson allowed 20 runs (16 earned) on 29 hits and six walks with 16 strikeouts.


Valley City State went 12-11 in North Star Athletic Association play to finish fifth in the eight-team conference. At the NSAA tournament at Forest City, Iowa, on May 6-8, the Vikings lost to No. 4 Waldorf 1-0, defeated No. 8 Presentation 10-7 and lost to No. 7 Viterbo 15-6 to end with a 22-22 overall record. Thompson made one pitching appearance during the tournament.

No. 1 Bellevue, which went 25-2 against conference teams, defeated No. 2 Dakota State 1-0 in the NSAA championship game. Dakota State was second in the conference with a 15-9 record while Dickinson State (11-9) and Waldorf (12-10) followed. Mayville State (13-14), Viterbo (5-20) and Presentation (3-21) rounded out the conference standings.

In 75 career games, Thompson hit .258 (42 for 163, including six doubles and four home runs) with 34 RBI and six stolen bases. Thompson made 51 starts.

Ty Karger

FERGUS FALLS – Karger started at all three outfield positions for the Spartans this spring.

Ty Karger

In 35 games, Karger hit .315 (34 for 108, including 11 doubles and two homers) with 24 RBI and 16 runs scored. Karger was second on the team in RBI and third in batting average. Karger went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI in a 7-3 win over Vermillion, went 2 for 4 in a 7-5 loss to Vermillion, went 2 for 4 in a 7-6 loss to Central Lakes, went 2 for 3 with two RBI in a 13-3 loss to St. Cloud Technical, went 2 for 4 in a 6-3 loss to Hibbing, went 2 for 3 (including two homers) with two runs and five RBI in a 12-2 win over Anoka-Ramsey, went 2 for 4 in a 10-2 win over Anoka-Ramsey, went 2 for 4 with two RBI in a 7-2 win over Anoka-Ramsey, and went 3 for 4 in a 5-3 loss to Ridgewater.

In one start and three relief appearances on the mound, Karger posted an 0-1 record and 9.64 ERA. In 9 ⅓ innings, Karger allowed 13 runs (10 earned) on nine hits and 15 walks with eight strikeouts.

Fergus Falls posted an 11-34 overall record, finishing fourth in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference standings with a 5-11 record to trail Central Lakes (13-3), St. Cloud Technical (11-5) and Ridgewater (8-8) in the Central Division standings. Anoka-Ramsey finished 3-13.

In his three seasons at Fergus Falls, Karger has played in 68 games and has a .330 batting average (63 for 191, including 16 doubles, three triples and five homers) with 43 RBI and 28 runs scored. On the mound, Karger has a 1-2 record and 13.75 ERA, allowing 33 runs (28 earned) on 24 hits and 33 walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 ⅓ innings and seven appearances, two as a starter.


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