The Valley City High School baseball team closed out its second consecutive winless season with a double header Saturday against Grand Forks Central at Charlie Brown Memorial Field in Valley City.
Though the Hi-Liners dropped the second game 16-2, it was a 6-2 loss in game one, one of the team’s best efforts of the year, that impressed coach Trevar Hansen.
“That was a way better game,” he said. “We pitched pretty well, played pretty good defense and we hit the ball okay. That’s obviously baseball, but I mean that’s kind of what we haven’t done a ton of out here.”
The Knights had explosive speed on their side, stealing bases in every inning of the first game. GFC put the first run of the day up after freshman outfielder Kaden Monette stole home in the top of the first inning.
The Hi-Liners got on the board in the bottom of the second following a double from VC senior outfielder Josh Magnuson which drove in senior infielder Andrew Glaser from first base. Magnuson advanced to third where senior first baseman Troy Anderson brought him home with a single.
The Knights put up single runs in tops of the fourth, fifth and seventh innings along with two runs in the sixth. Down by four in the bottom of the last inning of the first game, a foul ball by VC sophomore Austen Meyer caused significant damage to a Hi-Liner fan’s car.
“As long as nobody got hurt, that’s the main thing,” Mavis Myers, Glaser’s grandmother, said after the game, while the glass could still be heard cracking on the shattered rear window of her 2000 Buick LeSabre.
In the second game, the Knights would drive the score up to 6-1 when they went on a seven-run tear in the top of the third inning.
The losses came less than 24 hours after the West Fargo Packers, the No. 1 ranked team in the Eastern Dakota Conference, handed the Hi-Liners a pair of shut-out losses in a Friday double header in West Fargo.
“There a really good team, they’re the No. 1 team in the EDC and we were only down 4-0 after four innings,” Hansen said of the first game’s 10-0 score. “(Sophomore) Spencer Meyer threw a great game, but we gave up a couple runs.”
The Hi-Liners lost the second game 22-0.
The Hi-Liner Baseball team will lose four members to graduation this year, but Hansen said the players on next year’s team will be sharpening their skills over the summer in American Legion and Babe Ruth baseball leagues. With three of next year’s juniors now holding two years of varsity experience and four more sophomores and freshman getting their first taste of that level of competition this year, Hansen said next year’s prospects look promising.
“We’ll be pretty solid coming back,” he said.