1st innings fuel VC Babe Ruth team
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team had its offense clicking on all cylinders in a double-header sweep of Edgeley Tuesday at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
In two games that lasted a combined eight innings, Valley City scored 41 runs and had 28 hits. The day started with a 29-2 win in five innings in the first game and concluded with a 12-3 win in a three-inning second game.
“Its nice to see our offense continue to go like it has, and for the most part we haven’t been relying on walks, we have been aggressive and collecting hits,” Valley City coach Lance Lukes said.
In both cases, it was matter of starting strong.
After allowing one run in the top of the first inning, Valley City responded with a 20-run bottom half.
The inning saw the team go through 26 batters, 25 of whom reached base. The only time a hitter didn’t reach base was on a strikeout by Casey Engelhard’s third at-bat to end the inning. Of the remaining outs, one came on pickle play that stranded Jacob Miller between first and second. The other came eight hitters later when Dalton Ondracek was forced out on a fielder’s choice.
Otherwise, the team put up hitting numbers that would have been good for an entire game, rather than just one inning.
All nine spots in the order scored at least two runs. Nate Rodriguez and Ben Baasch both scored three runs. Jesse Johnson ended the inning a home run short of the cycle, first hitting a double, then a triple, then a single.
The team eventually cut back the aggressiveness but found the hits to score two more in the second inning, three in the third and four in the fourth.
Johnson finished the game 5-6 at the plate and had eight runs batted in. Miller also finished 5-6 and had four RBI.
Valley City also had success from the three-spot in the order, which split its six plate appearances equally between Rodriguez and Collin Schroeder. All six trips, the batter reached base and later scored.
For Rodriguez, who got the first three appearances, all in the first inning, it was a combination of two doubles and a dropped third strike that got him on. Schroeder got on with three walks and later work his way around to score.
Jordan Magnuson threw a complete game for Valley City, allowing two runs, one earned. He had no strikeouts but allowed only four hits and went 4-5 at the plate with four RBI.
Following the win, the teams played a three inning game. Valley City had 10 runs in the first inning to take the lead.
Valley City finished the game with six hits and nine walks. Alex Milender pitched all three innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on three hits with four strikeouts.
The team is now 6-5 with a 3-2 league record.