Wednesday (4/18) local digest
VCHS softball gets a sweep
The Valley City High School softball team got a good all-around effort in a sweep of Fargo South Tuesday in Fargo.
The Hi-Liners won 13-0 and 12-0 against the Bruins, combining for 19 hits, while their pitchers allowed two.
Keely Fogarty pitched eight of the ten innings played in the two games, allowing two hits the first game and none in the second. Jessica Denholm relieved her in the second game and kept the no-hitter going.
In the first game, the Hi-Liners scored a run in the second inning, three each in the third and fourth, then capped it with a six-run fifth.
In the second game, the Hi-Liners got home runs from Brooke Breckheimer and Amanda Tangen to put the Bruins away with an 11-run fifth inning.
Breckheimer finished the day 5-7 at the plate with two doubles, a triple and a home run.
The Hi-Liners play at Fargo North Thursday.
VCHS golf opens season
The Valley City High School golf team opened its season with a fifth place finish against EDC teams at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks.
The Hi-Liners finished with 320 strokes, only six away from the top three.
Ben Sorenson finished tied for sixth with a 75 and Nick Jenson shot a 76 to tie for 8th. Other golfers for Valley City were Jared Lentz (84), Tyler Stevens (85), Marcus Beedle (86), and Michael Pedersen (90).
Fargo South’s Landon Poss won the meet with a 71 and West Fargo won the team title with 301 points.
VCHS tennis swept
The Valley City High School girls tennis team lost 9-0 in its season opening match to state powerhouse Red River Tuesday in Grand Forks.
In singles matches, in order from No. 1 to No. 6, Kierstin Lorenz lost to Sam Anderson,Destiny Winkler lost to Mimi Yunker, Sara Gilbertson lost to Lalanghi Marasinghe, Sam Coit lost to Cindy Lim, Arelle Krueger lost to Paige Relling, and Kristin Nelson lost to Michaela Meland.
In doubles matches, from No. 1 to No. 3, Lorenz/Winkler lost to Anderson/Yunker,Gilbertson/Coit lost to Marasinghe/Lim, and Krueger/Nelson lost to Alexis Caeila/Maddie Anderson.
Hannah Miller, Abby Ingstad, Emily McKay, and Rachel Schueneman all lost junior varsity matches.
“Up and down the line-up, we played some amazing points,” coach Matt Nielson said. “Our kids have a great attitude on the court and give it their all on every point. They are executing what we practiced.”
The Hi-Liners open up the home season at 4:15 p.m. Thursday against Jamestown.
VCSU softball sweeps
The Valley City State softball team had no lack of offense with a sweep at University of Minnesota - Crookston.
With both a 13-0 and 4-2 win, the Vikings put together 28 total hits in 14 innings.
In the 13-0 win, the Vikings had hits all around, including three from catcher Emma Nelson, to go up 3-0 after the first inning and score six more in the third.
Nelson led the Vikings with 3 RBI and one home run. Jane Pettit also hit a home run in the game.
In the pitching circle, Katie McBride allowed three hits and threw a shutout.
The Vikings then continued with early offense in the second game, scoring two runs in the first inning and one each in the second and third. VCSU put together more solid hitting, finishing with 15 hits.
Adrianna Boychuk led the Vikings with three hits.
The Vikings play at home Thursday against Minot State University.
VCSU baseball loses to Jimmies
The Valley City State baseball team lost a double header in Jamestown.
The Vikings lost 7-2 to the Jimmies in both games.
In the opener, Jamestown’s Anthony Fagan threw a complete seven-inning game and allowed only two hits from the Vikings.
VCSU’s Derek Zitzow pitched five innings and allowed seven runs on six hits. Joey Duttenhefer pitched the sixth inning.
All nine of the teams’ runs were scored in the fifth inning.
In the second game, Jamestown got 12 hits and six runs in the first four innings to beat the Vikings, who had two runs in the third inning.
Valley City finished with seven hits, all from the top four spots in the lineup. Kyle Skinner had three hits.
The Vikings continue their season Thursday at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
Mens golf gets signee
Darren Young, a senior at Leeds Public School (ND), has signed a letter of intent to golf at Valley City State University, Viking coach Nathan Stover announced Tuesday.
Young holds a 77 average and has won four high school tournaments. Since his freshman year, Young has been the team MVP and has qualified for the state tournament three times.
“Darren is a great athlete and he has a determined work ethic,” Stover said. “We expect him to come in and compete for us right away.”