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Rallies on the Storm: Babe Ruth Season-Sweeps Lisbon

July 8, 2014

(Jake McNeal/Times-Record) Cole McGough pitched six complete innings for seven unearned runs, 10 hits, two walks and six strikeouts as Valley City trailed 1-0 after a District inning on Monday but kicked into gear for a six-inning 17-7 win. Valley City trailed 5-0 in the non-District first before scoring seven runs in the third for a rain-wary three-inning 8-7 walk-off win.

Lisbon came out swinging and led 1-0 after a District inning Monday at Charlie Brown Field, but Valley City responded to finish a 17-7 win in the sixth on 18 total hits.

Down 7-1 midway through the non-District third and facing wind and rain from the northwest, Valley City tacked on seven runs in the home half for walk-off, three-inning 8-7 win.

“Our bats came alive for us today, and especially piling on hits from consecutive batters helped out,” Babe Ruth head coach Lance Lukes said. “Our middle five are really swinging some good sticks.”

Valley City completed the four-game season sweep with Monday’s triumphs, having vanquished Lisbon 12-9 and 6-3 on the road on June 12. Babe Ruth’s juniors took fifth place from Lisbon in uncanny fashion at June 20-21’s Enderlin Tournament with seven runs in the fourth for an 8-7 escape.

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