Archive - May 14, 2012 - Sports Article
For the most part, the Valley City Junior High School baseball team has played its home games away from Charlie Brown Field, instead, playing their games at Hi-Line Park.
It's a park that plays differently than it's counterpart to the direct north.
Most notably, there is a distinct lack of fences separating the play from the soccer nets and backstops in the distance.
Photo by Matt Nielson/Special to the Times-Record
Two Vikings named All-A.I.I.
The Valley City State University baseball team had two players named to the Association of Independent Institutionsâ€™ All-Conference second team.
Valley City native Preston Jensen was named to the team as an outfielder.
Jensen led the Vikings with a .385 average and had seven doubles, 16 RBI and nine stolen bases. In the field he committed only one error.
He was joined on the team by pitcher Ronnie Blagg, who went 4-4 with a 2.31 earned run average. Of the 37 runs he allowed this season, only 16 were earned. He was second on the team with 47 strikeouts.
The Valley City High School tennis team clinched its seed in the Eastern Dakota Conference with a 6-3 loss at Fargo South Thursday.
The teams were playing in a match that decided the sixth and seventh seeds for the tournament, Valley City taking the latter.
â€śWe will match up with West Fargo in the first round, with a potential rematch with South looming in the second round, which we are excited for,â€ť Valley City coach Matt Nielson said.
For better or worse, the first inning has made the difference for the Valley City High School softball team recently.
Against West Fargo Tuesday, the Hi-Liners struggled out of the gate and couldnâ€™t catch up to the top-ranked Class A team in the state.
But in Thursdayâ€™s 7-4 win over No. 4 Fargo North, it was a different story.
The Hi-Liners opened the game by getting Northâ€™s first three batters out in succession, then came back and scored three of their first five batters to take a 3-0 lead that the team never gave up.