Archive - Jul 2012 - Sports Article
By Scott Schlaufman
After losing eight straight games to start the season, it would have been seemingly easy to write off the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team.
But Saturday in Lidgerwood, the team finished second in the Section 1 tournament with a 28-1 loss to Wahpeton in the championship game.
"We started season 0-8 and not a lot of people expected us to be in this championship game, and we made a run and we got here," Valley City coach Jason Beilke said.
LIDGERWOOD, N.D. â€” Prior to Thursday, it had been awhile since the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team had to hit off Wahpeton pitcher Jeremy Bontjes. By Post 60 coach Jason Beilke's count, It had been roughly two years since he pitched against Valley City at the Sectional tournament in 2010.
So much for getting reacquainted.
Bontjes threw a no hitter in Wahpeton's 11-0, five inning win over Post 60 in the semifinals of the Section 1 tournament in Lidgerwood.
LIDGERWOOD, N.D. â€”As the lineups were announced in Thursday's American Legion Section 1 tournament game against Kindred, Valley City Post 60 pitcher Chase Carpenter knew he could get the win.
The last time he stared the 60-feet-6-inches towards home plate against Kindred, the first game of a July 9 double header, he allowed only four hits and three runs, one of which was earned.
"I figured I'd come in here, have some confidence, just throw strikes," Carpenter said.
Kueber to join VCSU mens basketball team
Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky announced last week that regional standout Gus Kueber has signed a letter of intent to attend VCSU and join the Viking basketball program for the upcoming season.
Kueber is transferring in after playing last season at Mayville State University, where he averaged 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and was named to the All-Dakota Athletic Conference and All-Association of Independent Institutions First Teams.
STEELE, N.D. â€” As members of the Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team walked off the field following a 1-0 season-ending loss to Oakes Tuesday in the District 6 championship, the players' faces seemed to match the gray skies that loomed over the field during the game.
There was a bit of sadness and a hint of frustration after Valley City lost by the slimmest margin possible to a team it had pushed to the limit numerous times this summer.
STEELE, ND â€” The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team isn't one that lacks team chemistry. For nearly every bobbled ball or untimely ground out, a player has no issue finding somebody who'll lift them back up.
But during a pair of upset victories at the District 6 Tournament in Steele Monday, the team's chemistry took a whole different form.
After beating LaMoure 6-5 in eight innings, Valley City's players opened a 9-3 win over Steele with energy in the dugout.
By Scott Schlaufman
STEELE, N.D. â€” Early Sunday afternoon the players of the Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team seemed plenty frustrated.
The root of it was simple. For four innings the team went nearly out-for-out with Oakes before a defensive struggle in the fifth and sixth innings ended the game with a 6-0 loss that put the team on the verge of elimination from the District 6 tournament in Steele.
Softball team raising money for nationals
The Valley City Xtreme 16U girls softball team is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday to help raise money for its trip to the national tournament next month.
The team is hosting a brat feed Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Valley Meat with proceeds going to the team.
The tournament takes place July 31-Aug.5 in Columbus, Wis.
Section 1 American Legion Bracket announced
The complete bracket for the Section 1 American Legion baseball tournament has been announced.
Former Maple Valley/Enderlin boys basketball player Ty Smith and current Raider Jordan Haseleu helped lead the North Dakota Gold team to a win in the Flyinâ€™ Hawaiian Classic basketball tournament June 26-July 2 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Entering Thursday's double header with Harwood, the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team wasn't too concerned about getting the sweep.
Instead, the team was focused solely on the first game, a 14-4 win in five innings that clinched the No.3 seed in next week's Section 1 tournament in Lidgerwood.
"We kind of had to win and stay out of Wahpeton's bracket," said Valley City infielder Josh Gilbertson.
It was a victory that kept the team from dwelling on a 9-0 no-hit loss in the second game, which largely used the team's reserves.