June 20, 2023

Walleye continue strong 2023 season

Titus Stenberg
Farmer Sports Writer

After winning third place at the Johnsrud Baseball Tournament, the Watford City Walleye were back on the diamond with six more games last week. The Walleye finished the week with an impressive 5-1 record as they played three doubleheaders against divisional foes.
The Walleye swept the Williston Oilers in two very different games on June 13. Game 1 was a pitcher’s duel with a final score of 3-1. Game 2 was a slugfest. The Walleye did enough to win 13-12 and complete the sweep in Williston.
The Minot Metros visited Watford City on June 15th and the teams split a doubleheader. Watford City won game 1 by a final of 6-3. Game 2 was won by Minot 8-3.
The final Walleye doubleheader of the week was played down in Dickinson. They got their second sweep of the week as they beat the Volunteers by final scores of 8-7 and 7-3.
Many individual batters had a great week for the Walleye. Tyesn Kuchenbuch hit .619 as he went 13-for-21 with 10 runs over the six games. Carson Voll had five singles and two doubles for a .438 average. Jordan Doty hit .412 for the week with a triple and six singles in 17 at-bats. Jason Hogue had a .429 OBP and eight RBIs.
On the pitching mound, Carson Voll was the star of the week. He went 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 13 innings. He surrendered 14 hits and three walks while striking out eight batters. Colton Hufnagel worked 11 and 1/3 innings over two starts. He went 1-0 and had nine strikeouts. Judd Johnsrud contributed seven innings of work and finished the week with a 1-0 record and an impressive 1.00 ERA. He walked two batters and struck out seven. Jason Hogue earned one win and two saves.

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