Back row from left: Andrew King, Justin Manson, Drew Oberlander and Garret Suhr. Middle row, from left: assistant coach Ben Sorenson, Brandon Pritchett, Matt Brandvold, Cole McGough, Tanner Thomsen, Josh Bitz, Dawson Dietrich, Nate Rodriguez and head coach Lance Lukes. Front row, from left: Devin Anderson, Riley Miller, Reese Huschka, John Beutler, Drew Jacobson and the District 6 Tournament championship plaque, Braedan Kohn, Bryce Nelson, Sam Jenson and Rylee Bjork.
Valley City Babe Ruth scored five runs in the sixth inning of Tuesdayâ€™s District 6 Tournament championship to finish Lisbon, 10-0, for their second title in as many years and a trip to August 1â€™s State Tournament in New Rockford, N.D.
Lisbon landed only six hits as they all too often lined into Valley
City gloves and could not bring runners home against Dawson Dietrich, who pitched six innings for a single walk and five strikeouts.
Valley City picked up 11 hits and enjoyed three Lisbon errors.
Babe Ruth took second to Dakota Prairie, 4-3, in last yearâ€™s Carrington, N.D. State championship after falling 5-4 to Beulah in the opener and surging back with defeats of Carrington, 9-6, Thompson 5-1 and Rolette/Rolla, 5-4, in consolation.
â€śItâ€™s different â€” theyâ€™re totally different teams,â€ť said head coach Lance Lukes of this yearâ€™s District 6 champions compared to last yearâ€™s team. â€śWe only lost four guys, but they do things in different ways.â€ť
Top-seeded Valley City vanquished No. 8 LaMoure, 10-0, on Saturday, No. 5 Linton, 9-6, on Sunday, and Ellendale, 3-0, on Monday before ending No. 3 Lisbon.
Lisbon eliminated Ellendale, 9-5, just prior to Tuesdayâ€™s title game, having come under Mondayâ€™s weather delay with a 7-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.
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