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July 27th, 2014
Valley City 16U softball heads to Bismarck, N.D.â€™s Northern Championships on Wednesday eager to prove that age isnâ€™t everything.
Valley City Legion Post 60, guaranteed a spot in July 30â€™s Class A State Tournament in Wahpeton, N.D. after Thursdayâ€™s 6-5 Regional win over Harvey, secured the East No. 4 seed with Saturdayâ€™s 4-2 consolation quarterfinal loss to Grafton.
Post 60 entered consolation after falling 10-2 to Wahpeton on Thursday.
Grafton forced Wahpeton into a second title game with a 3-1 win, but Wahpeton held on, 8-5, in the finisher.
Wahpeton goes to State No. 1, Grafton No. 2 and Casselton No. 3.
Valley Plains Equipment defeated Wonder Bar/RTS Shearing, 13-8 and 8-6
Anne Carlson/Cysewski Farms defeated Streeter, 7-6 and 9-8
Shadyâ€™s II defeated Corner Bar, 12-0 and 4-1
FCCU/Iverson/Mid Mach defeated Sanford/Looysen, 16-0 and 6-5
Shadyâ€™s defeated Tapps Lounge, 6-3 and 14-0
Boomerâ€™s/Wendels defeated Allied Agronomy, 10-2 and 7-6
IDK defeated Frontier Fort, 14-3 and 15-0
Up 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Harvey Post 28â€™s Shawn Kourajian on second and Trevor Schimke on third in Thursdayâ€™s Class A East Regional opener, Chase Carpenter struck out Brian Fike on three straight pitches for the save, a matchup with top seed Wahpeton and a guaranteed spot in July 30â€™s State Tournament in Wahpeton, N.D.
â€śWe rolled in like conquistadors,â€ť said Legion Post 60 assistant coach Erick Counts of Post 60â€™s marauding spirit coming into Regionals. â€ś[Valley City head coach Kyle] Roelfsema shaved his mustache like a conquistador.â€ť
Valley City Legion Post 60 carry the No. 3 seed into Thursdayâ€™s Grafton Regional Tournament after a 3-13 regular season campaign and look to hit their stride starting with an 11 a.m. debut against Harvey.
â€śThere isnâ€™t a team with better players position-by-position,â€ť said Post 60 head coach Kyle Roelfsema of his squad intent on reducing mistakes in key moments that contributed to seven losses of three or fewer runs.
Thursdayâ€™s winner faces Wahpeton at 4 p.m. Thursday, the loser the Grafton-Casselton loser at 6:30 p.m Thursday.
Post 60 scored 4.75 runs per contest and gave up 12.1.
Valley City Babe Ruth scored five runs in the sixth inning of Tuesdayâ€™s District 6 Tournament championship to finish Lisbon, 10-0, for their second title in as many years and a trip to August 1â€™s State Tournament in New Rockford, N.D.
Lisbon landed only six hits as they all too often lined into Valley
City gloves and could not bring runners home against Dawson Dietrich, who pitched six innings for a single walk and five strikeouts.
Valley City picked up 11 hits and enjoyed three Lisbon errors.
Harvey led visiting Legion Post 60 3-1 through four innings on Monday night, but impending weather drew a coin flip from which Post 60 took the win.
Harvey scored a run in the first inning, Austin Bergâ€™s RBI tied it in the top of the fourth and Harvey scored two more in the home half.
Post 60 landed three hits and committed an error, Harvey seven hits and four errors.
Chase Carpenter drew a walk.
Austen Meyer pitched three innings for a strikeout, Berg two outs in the fourth.
Legion Post 60 (3-13) carries the third seed into Wednesdayâ€™s Regional Tournament in Grafton, N.D.
Dawson Dietrich scored on a wild bases-loaded pitch in the second inning of Mondayâ€™s District 6 Tournament semifinal against Ellendale, Matt Brandvold came home moments later when Garret Suhr wore a pitch with the bases loaded, and Suhr came across in the fifth on a wayward throw to first base for the third and final run of Valley Cityâ€™s 3-0 win.
Nate Rodriguez and the defense did the rest as Rodriguez struck out 18 batters on a walk, a hit-by-pitch and two four-strikeout innings in a complete-game no-hitter.
Valley City welcomed 33 players from North Dakota and Minnesota in Fridayâ€™s seventh annual United States Tennis Association-sanctioned Valley City Junior Tennis Tournament, sponsored by the Valley City Tennis Association, Valley City Parks and Recreation, Mercy Hospitalâ€™s Young Peopleâ€™s Healthy Heart Program and Quilted Ceiling and Centrol.
Valley City and Lintonâ€™s bats were nearly as hot as the 90-degree temperatures Sunday at Charlie Brown Field, but Valley Cityâ€™s cooler heads prevailed, 9-6, for a date with No. 6 Ellendale in Mondayâ€™s 2 p.m. District 6 Tournament semifinal.
Babe Ruth dominated LaMoure, 11-0, in the first round on Saturday.
Lance Weiser put Linton on the board in the top of the first as he swooped into home when a teammate took second.