Hi-Liner Baseball Blanked, then Rally Comes up Short
Valley City senior Austen Meyer struck out four Grand Forks Central batters in six road innings on Thursday, but Knights senior Spencer Meyer fanned 10 Hi-Liners in six frames for the 5-0 game one win. Valley City outhit the Knights 7-6 in game two but came up short, 4-3, in a sixth-inning comeback bid.
Central brought in single runs in the second, third and fifth, and two more in the sixth, on eight total hits and three Valley City errors. Hi-Liner bats produced five hits.
Three Knight runs opened game two, and a pair of Hi-Liner runs answered in the second before Central put up another run in the fourth. Valley City scored one in the top of the sixth to trail 4-3, but could not bring any more runs across.
Sophomore Jordan Magnuson and junior Ben Baasch had two hits each in the second game, and senior Brett Stearns made a five-inning, six-strikeout debut. Central junior Cole Kirchoffner struck out five Hi-Liners in three innings.
Valley City (1-7 overall) hosts Fargo Shanley (2-6) in Saturday’s 5 p.m.-and-7 p.m. doubleheader at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.