May 19, 2010

Wolves pick up three wins in baseball action

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Watford City picked up three more  wins to improve their season record to 14-6 overall and 9-3 in Region play as the Wolves downed New Town 10-0 and Trinity Christian 9-1 in high school baseball action last Monday and then downed Kenmare 12-0 on Thursday.
Watford City’s first round game in the Region 7 Tournament will be in Watford City on Friday, May 21 with the remainder of the tournament to be played at Corbett Field in Minot.
Watford City 10, New Town 0
“We played well on Monday,” stated Justin Johnsrud, Wolves’ head coach. “We hit the ball pretty well for having five days off due to the wet weather. That was nice to see.”
After a scoreless first inning, the Wolves scored six runs in the second inning and then finished off the Eagles scoring four runs in the third.
Ben Haugeberg earned the win on the mound for the Wolves striking out four batters and walking three in three  innings of work, while Dillon Langerud struck out two batters and walked three in two innings of pitching.
At the plate, Ben Haugeberg was two for two with a triple, while Trey Jacobson and Douglas Rolfson went three for three batting with each hitting a double.
Watford City                0    6    4        0    0            10    9    0
New Town                   0    0    0        0    0              0    2    2
Watford City 9, Trinity Christian 1
The Wolves capped off Monday’s games scoring nine runs on six hits to defeat Trinity Christian 9-1.
Watford City held a 5-0 lead after two innings of play.
Douglas Rolfson earned the shutout win for the Wolves striking out eight batters and giving up three walks in seven innings of work.
Trey Jacobson was three of three at the plate for the Wolves, while Ben Haugeberg and Nick Liebel were two of three.
“Defensively, we have improved and have really cut down on the errors,” stated Johnsrud. “That is something we have stressed all year.  When playing good teams you can’t give up extra bases and runs on mental mistakes.”
Watford City’s win over Trinity Christian was a key win for the Wolves, who had lost to the Crusaders earlier in the season. With the win, Watford City has an excellent chance of being the No. 2 seed in the Region 7 Tournament.
“It was nice to get another chance at TC,” stated Johnsrud. “We lost to them earlier in the year and didn’t feel like we played very good baseball.”
Trinity Christian                0    0    1    0    0    0    0        1    3    0
Watford City                       0    5    2    0    1    1    X        9    6    1
Watford City 12, Kenmare 0
Watford City scored 12 runs on 13 hits as the Wolves shut out the Kenmare Honkers last Thursday.
Earning the win on the mound for the Wolves was Trey Jacobson who struck out 13 batters in five innings of work.
“We were aggressive at the plate and hit the ball well,” stated Johnsrud. “That is very nice to see before the start of the Region 7 Tournament and Trey pitched an excellent game with only three Kenmare players reaching.”
At the plate, Jacobson was four for four with a pair of doubles, while Douglas Rolfson was four for four, Nick Liebel was three for four and Reid Johnson was two of three.
Watford City                3    2    4    2    1    X    X        12    13    0
Kenmare                     0    0    0    0    0    X    X           0    1    2