Hi-Liner freshman Garret Suhrâ€™s seventh-inning single scored junior Ben Baasch from third to force extra frames tied 2-2 in Tuesdayâ€™s Eastern Dakota Conference opener against Wahpeton, but seven Husky runs in the top of the ninth sparked a 9-2 win and a 9-0 follow-up for the sweep.
Valley City State senior first baseman Cole Honl is the North Star Athletic Association Baseball Player-of-the-Week, the NSAA announced Monday.
Honl, the 6-foot-2-inch Moorhead, Minn. native, batted .500 and slugged .714 as the Vikings went 2-2 for the week against conference rival Presentation College. He picked up at least a hit in all four games, completing his two-day performance with a first-inning grand slam and two-run single in Saturdayâ€™s 14-0 series finale win.
Honl batted 7-for-14 with the grand slam and seven RBIs, scored five runs and stole two bases on two attempts.
Valley City State sophomore thrower Jessica Meland finished in first place, shattered a Viking record and qualified for the NAIA National Championships with her winning toss of 50.29 meters (165 feet) at Fridayâ€™s Northern State Open at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D.
Viking softballâ€™s eight-game win streak snapped with Fridayâ€™s 7-6 and 5-3 home losses to Dickinson State and Saturdayâ€™s 11-1 and 18-2 losses at Dickinson, N.D.
Valley City State remains a North Star Athletic Association-leading 8-2 in conference play and falls to 19-19 overall. The Vikings resume North Star action on Wednesday with a 2 p.m.-and-4 p.m. doubleheader at Mayville State. Mayville seeks vengeance after falling to the Vikings in April 9â€™s 3-1 and 2-1 sweep in Valley City.
Hi-Liner softball needed eight innings to finish Devils Lake on the road Monday, but senior Dierra Diegelâ€™s toss to sophomore Brenna Dieterle at first base foiled Firebird freshman Jesse Rudeâ€™s two-out bunt attempt and sealed the 5-4 win.
Valley City State baseball split this weekendâ€™s four-game home series against North Star Athletic Association rival Presentation with Fridayâ€™s 5-3 seventh-inning loss and 6-5 seventh-inning rebound win before Saturdayâ€™s 12-8 fall and a 14-0 shutout triumph.
Hi-Liner girls tennis opened their season indoors at Eastern Dakota Conference rival Grand Forks Red River, winners of the last 12 State titles who return four of the top six players in the state, on Thursday and came away with a 9-0 defeat.
Valley City State softball ascended to first in the North Star Athletic Association standings with a 2-1 late-inning win in the first game and a 9-6 triumph in the second â€” their seventh and eighth wins in a row, all conference games â€” for Thursdayâ€™s doubleheader road sweep of rival University of Jamestown.
Hi-Liner baseball split a pair of late-inning dramatics Thursday night at Tornado Alley in Oakes, N.D. as they surrendered three runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose the first game 3-2, then held on 3-1 in game twoâ€™s home half of the fifth after Oakes loaded the bases.