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Babe Ruth Awaits District 6 Final Opponent

July 22, 2014

Nate Rodriguez (top) retired 18 Ellendale batters on strikes and waged two four-strikeout innings in Monday’s seven-inning, 3-0 District Tournament semifinal no-hitter.

Dawson Dietrich scored on a wild bases-loaded pitch in the second inning of Monday’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 City’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.

“This was a great game all around, and what you want to see in a tournament game to get you to the championship,” Valley City head coach Lance Lukes said. “We had two pitchers out there dueling each other; that’s what you like to see. Rodriguez threw awesomely today: he was in control of almost everything he wanted to do out there on the mound. It nice to see [the] older guys step up in big games and produce like he did.”

Top-seed Valley City hosts the No. 6 Ellendale - No. 3 Lisbon elimination game winner, whose contest will resume Tuesday at 4 p.m. with Lisbon leading 7-3 in the top of the sixth. The survivor faces Valley City directly afterwards and must win twice to take the title. Valley City and the Ellendale-Lisbon winner will play again at 6 p.m. should Valley City fall in the first game.

Read this story in Tuesday's Times-Record.

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