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July 24th, 2012
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.
Thursday women's softball
Boomers/Wendel & IDK split; IDK won 1st game 6-2 & Boomers won 2nd game 7-2; Grotberg Electric & Tapps Lounge split; Tapps won 1st game 5-4 & Grotberg won 2nd game 8-1; Allied AgronomyÂ & Stokkelands/Shadys split; S/S won 1st game 7-1 & AA won 2nd game 8-2; Frontier Fort- Bye
19-3Â Â Â Â Â Â Boomers/Wendel
13-3Â Â Â Â Â Â IDK
10-10Â Â Â Â Â Â Frontier Fort
10-10Â Â Â Â Â Â Grotberg Electric
Â 8-12Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Allied Agronomy
Â 6-16Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Tapps Lounge
Â 5-17Â Â Â Â Â Â Stokkelands/Shadys
Post 60 playing final home game
The Valley City Post 60 American Legion Baseball team finishes the regular season with a double header against Harwood at 5:30 p.m. today at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
Post 60 was swept by Wahpeton in a double header Tuesday in Wahpeton. Valley City had only three hits in each game, losing 10-0 and 7-0, both in five innings.
In game one, Josh Gilbertson allowed 10 hits and 10 runs, five earned, as his defense allowed six errors in 4 1/3 innings. Jaden Keys, Josh Magnuson and Spencer Meyer all had hits in the game. Meyer's was a double.
By Scott Schlaufman
The communication between a baseball coach and a player on the base paths can be hard to follow at times. A swipe of the shoulder. A pat on the head. Quick touch to the nose. It's subtle and used to keep an opponent off guard with hit and runs, bunts, and steals.
But in the the bottom of the seventh inning of the Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team's 10-9 win in the first game of a double header with Fargo Monday at Charlie Brown Memorial Field, VC third baseman Collin Schroeder got things mixed up on the base paths.
Being a professional bull rider is somewhat of a dream for 20-year-old Clayton Enzminger.
Nearly every weekend, the Steele resident hits the road with friend and travel partner Cole Hermanson to ride in rodeos, including some on the Professional Bull Riding circuit, all across the nation.
The only problem is that the events tend to be far from home.
"There are opportunities that come close, but going to PBRs and pro rodeos, you've got to travel a lot," said Enzminger, who rides as a pro but has yet to ride in a PBR event.