When times get tough for Valley City Babe Ruth pitcher Nate Rodriguez, his main goal is to avoid getting in a rut mentally.
â€śWhat (head coach) Lance (Lukes) always tells me is to keep my head up and keep it clear,â€ť Rodriguez said.
It was an outlook that came in handy in an 11-1 win Monday in the first game of a double header sweep over Lisbon.
After getting the first three batters out in succession, Rodriguez finished the next three innings with the bases loaded for the final out, but allowed only one run to score.
Major League Baseballâ€™s All-Star Game is July 10th and the rosters are set. Each year, comparing my All-Stars with the actual rosters is fun and interesting. No sense in wasting any time. Having not looked at the rosters yet, weâ€™ll begin with my National League All-Star team. After revealing my team, weâ€™ll scope out the real All-Star team, compare and contrast, Iâ€™ll defend my picks, and weâ€™ll do the same for the American League (which will be the topic of discussion next week). All stats used are as of games completed through June 30, 2012.
July tends to be crunch time for American Legion baseball teams, and the Valley City Post 60 baseball team sees it no differently.
In the next three weeks, Post 60 will only play sectional opponents as it concludes the regular season. The team will then play in the Section 1 tournament starting July 24, and potentially the state tournament, which starts August 1.
With that in mind, the team didnâ€™t stress out too much in its 15-3 loss to Kindred Sunday in the third place game of the Leevers Classic tournament at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
Three players from the Fargo-Moorhead area will be continuing their baseball careers at Valley City State University next year.
VCSU coach Casey Olney announced Sunday that three players from Minnesota State Community and Technical Collegeâ€” Bryce Venaas, Anthony Myer, and Cole Honl â€” have signed with the team and will transfer to VCSU for the 2013 season. All three are originally from the Fargo-Moorhead area.
BUFFALO, ND â€” As one of the older members of the Buffalo Sharpshooters, Emily Haag knows exactly what to expect at the Daisy National BB Gun Championship match. Last year, she was there with a team from South Dakota.
â€śYou get a lot more nervous because itâ€™s a lot bigger competition than youâ€™re used to,â€ť Haag said.
But this year, sheâ€™s prepared for the trip back and hoping her experience rubs off on a few friends.
Rally for the Cure results
60 women participated in the Annual Country Club tournament with funds donated to the Susan G. KomenÂ fund for breast cancer research.
1st flight â€” 1st Diane Hochhalter and Elizabeth Kruger; 2ndâ€”Annette Beattie and Theresa Haag; 3rdâ€” Lori Justessen and Amber Olson
2nd flightâ€”Â 1st Jackie Haas and Wanda Schwab; 2nd Heather Rickford and Tallie Ingstad; 3rdâ€”Erin Metcalf and Nicole Â Swenson
3rd Flightâ€” 1st Jan Olafson and Sheryl Hanson; 2nd Nancy King and Cindy Hovland; 3rdÂ Ruth Nathan and Barb Young
VCSU lineman camp next month
15th Annual VCSU Line of Scrimmage Camp July 11-12 at Shelly Ellig Field
For players entering grades 9-12.
College Line coaches from VCSU, NDSU, Dickinson State, Minot State, Presentation College, U of M Crookston and more.
To print a brochure and register online at: vikings/vcsu.edu/football/camp
Contact Gregg Horner at email@example.com or 701.845.7423 for more information.
VC Babe Ruth loses in Steele
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team lost both games of a double header in Steele Monday.
The team lost 10-6 in game 1 and 7-6 in game 2.
â€śRally for the Cureâ€ť tomorrow
The Valley City Town and Country Club will be hosting the â€śRally for the Cureâ€ť golf tournament Wednesday.
The tournament is a two-person scramble starting at noon. The $50 fee includes 18 holes, muffins, door prizes, dinner, a $20 donation to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, and more.
There will also be a quilt raffle in conjunction with the event.
To register call Susan Jorissen at 840-0165 or Debb Bjornson at 840-1088, or visit events.rallyforthecure.com/VCTCC.
Ladies golf results
June 20 Ladies Golf at Country Club
At 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Ty Buttrey stands well over his grandmother, Valley Cityâ€™s Jacquette â€śKettaâ€ť Stricklin.
Side by side, Kettaâ€™s head hardly reaches her grandsonâ€™s shoulder.
â€śHe didnâ€™t get the height from me,â€ť she jokes.
His response is more matter-of-fact.
â€śI got the athletic ability from you,â€ť he quickly responds.
Buttrey, who graduated from high school earlier this month in North Carolina, was ranked by Baseball America as the #38 prospect in the Major League Baseball draft, which took place earlier this month.