May 6, 2014

Good hitting powers Wolves past Ray, Stanley

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Watford City’s high school baseball team was able to get in a pair of games this past week once the field dried out from a late spring snow-storm on Monday, April 28.
And the lack of playing time didn’t apparently have any negative impact on the Wolves’ hitting as Watford City crushed the Ray Jays, 10-0, on the road on Friday, May 2, and then clobbered Stanley, 17-2, in a home game on Saturday.
This week, Watford City will be at home on Tuesday, May 6, when the Wolves host Des Lacs-Burlington.
Watford City 10, Ray 0
Watford City scored 10 runs on 13 hits as the Wolves shut out Ray, 10-0, on the road last Friday.
The Wolves led the Jays, 1-0, after the first inning and then tacked on two more unanswered runs in the second inning. But a five-run third inning paved the way for an easy Watford City win.
Keegan Thompson picked up the win on the mound for the Wolves as he gave up just two hits in the game.
At the plate, David Kline was three for three, while Trent Grimes and Dakota Neether were both two for three.
                                                                       R    H    E
Watford City         1    2    5    2    0    0    10    13    0
Ray                        0    0    0    0    0    0    0    2    1    
Watford City 17, Stanley 2
Watford City got off to a slow start as the Wolves trailed Stanley, 2-0, at the end of the first inning. But a huge eight-run second inning put the Wolves on top for good.
Watford City’s bats stayed hot for the remainder of the game as the Wolves’ pitching kept Stanley from further scores.
Andrew Sampsel picked up the win on the mound for the Wolves as he struck out five batters, while giving up two runs in three innings of work. Dakota Neether came in for relief in the final two innings of play and struck out two batters.
At the plate Andrew  Sampsel was three for four, while Keegan Thompson was two for three.
                                                             R     H    E
Stanley                2    0    0    0    0    0       2    3
Watford City        0    8    5    4    x    17    15    0