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Rodriguez, Johnson Look to Impress

July 9, 2014

A breeze of opportunity blew Tuesday at Mandan Memorial Ballpark as Nate Rodriguez of Valley City Babe Ruth, Jesse Johnson of Legion Post 60, and the rest of a collection of nearly 30 select reserves arrived for a nondescript 9 a.m. baseball tryout to which each received letters of invitation.

“It was good,” Rodriguez said.

Post 60 Splits with Casselton

July 9, 2014

Legion Post 60 found balance in Tuesday’s League game against visiting Casselton, stacking up 13 hits and allowing only two in a 9-4 win before Casselton scored eight runs between the fourth and fifth innings of the non-Leaguer for the 9-3 win.

“We’re never going to be a team that doesn’t hit the ball,” said Post 60 head coach Kyle Roelfsema of Valley City’s aggressive attitude in the opener.

Post 60 completes the season series 2-1 against Casselton, having taken June 24’s League game 9-6 on the road before the non-League game was not completed with an 8-5 Casselton lead.

Johnson, Rodriguez off to Tryout Camp in Mandan

July 8, 2014

Nate Rodriguez and Jesse Johnson received invitation letters to Tuesday’s major league tryout camp at the Mandan Memorial Ballpark in South Mandan, N.D.

Rodriguez, the upcoming sophomore of this summer’s Babe Ruth team, and Johnson, the to-be Enderlin-Maple Valley junior, of Legion Post 60, didn’t see it coming.

“I had no idea it existed until I got the letter,” said Johnson, nervous and excited to partake in his first such event and to get his name out to scouts. “Maybe some scouts saw us at Babe Ruth State last year.”

Doty Receives Triple Crown Award

July 8, 2014

Zach Doty, a 2014 Valley City High School graduate, received a Triple Crown trophy, sponsored by the North Dakota department of AmVets, for his 2013-14 Greco, Folk and Freestyle wrestling championships, at Valley City’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Club.

“It’s something the AmVets have done for years,” said Gary D. Schlagel, Commander of Willis W. Weber AmVets Post 3. “It’s quite an accomplishment. Anytime we can do anything for the youth and the community, it’s our way of recognizing them.”

Rallies on the Storm: Babe Ruth Season-Sweeps Lisbon

July 8, 2014

Lisbon came out swinging and led 1-0 after a District inning Monday at Charlie Brown Field, but Valley City responded to finish a 17-7 win in the sixth on 18 total hits.

Down 7-1 midway through the non-District third and facing wind and rain from the northwest, Valley City tacked on seven runs in the home half for walk-off, three-inning 8-7 win.

“Our bats came alive for us today, and especially piling on hits from consecutive batters helped out,” Babe Ruth head coach Lance Lukes said. “Our middle five are really swinging some good sticks.”

Men's Softball Update

July 7, 2014

June 23

Captain’s Pub swept Boomer’s Corner Keg, 16-6 and 16-1

Hope Electric swept NuBar/Christensen Trucking, 9-8 and 17-6

Elliott Farms took the opener from Boomers Corner Keg/Dakota Plains, 8-4, but Boomers/Dakota Plains took the closer, 13-5

John Deere Seeding swept The Raven/Eagles, 15-5 and 14-3

June 30

Captain’s Pub swept NuBar/Christensen Trucking, 7-5 and 18-8

Boomer’s Corner Keg/Dakota Plains swept John Deere Seeding, 15-4 and 15-13

The Raven/Eagles swept Boomer’s Corner Keg, 11-10; 10-9

Standings

John Deere Seeding 13-3

Hi-Liner Softball Awards

July 7, 2014




Junior Varsity Awards

MVP
Kaylee Schlittenhardt

Spirit
Shayla Schimelfenig

Most Improved
Jayda Haugen

Hardest Worker
Lexi Ondracek

Varsity Awards

MVP
Jessica Denholm

Spirit
Sadie Klingenberg

Most Improved
Heather Knutson

Hardest Worker
Madison McDaniel

Varsity Defensive Leaders

Assists
Brooke Breckheimer, 49

Fielding Percentage
Dierra Diegel, .982

Put-Outs
Brenna Dieterle, 90

Runners Caught
Dierra Diegel, 7

Babe Ruth Escapes Ellendale with District Sweep

July 3, 2014

Another pair of games, another same-day Babe Ruth season sweep.

This time it wasn’t easy, as Valley City returned from Ellendale, N.D., Wednesday night with a pair of comeback District wins, 7-6 and 6-5, for their seventh and eighth straight wins.

“We didn’t play up to our best today, but we fought through it and found a way to pick up two big wins,” Babe Ruth head coach Lance Lukes said. “And like I told the boys, a W is a W, and we escaped today with two of them.”

Ashline, Magnuson, Doty Make Team N.D.

July 3, 2014

From left, Jake Ashline (138 pounds), Jordan Magnuson (220 pounds) and Zach Doty (182 pounds) competed with Team North Dakota in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling at June 25-28’s 2014 USA Wrestling Junior Duals in Oklahoma City, Okla. North Dakota took 24th in Greco-Roman action and 18th in Freestyle.

Legion Post 60 Wins at Grafton, Casselton

July 2, 2014

Legion Post 60 fell in June 16’s doubleheader at LaMoure, 14-8 and 7-2.

LaMoure led 10-0 through two innings in the opener, and Post 60 scored a run in the third and fourth, two in the fifth and four in the seventh, but the rally fell short. Legion posted eight hits and two errors, LaMoure 16 hits and three errors.

Masyn Olsen and Austen Meyer picked up two hits and Jesse Johnson batted in three runs.

Austin Berg pitched four innings and struck out three, Dalton Ondracek
a single inning. Meyer fanned two batters.

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