Wolves pick up wins over Mohall, DLB
By Neal A. Shipman
As Watford City’s High School baseball team wraps up its regular season play, the Wolves swept Mohall and Des Lacs-Burlington in regional play this past week.
With the two wins, the Wolves sewed up the Region 7 regular season title for the third time in the past four years.
The Wolves will now be preparing for the Regional Tournament, which gets underway in Minot on May 16-20.
“Our pitching has been very good this year and our bats have been producing runs,” states Justin Johnsrud, Wolves’ head coach. “Last year, we pitched very well in the Region Tournament but our bats let us down. We will need to play well in all three phases of the game.
While the Wolves are undefeated in Region regular season play, Johnsrud knows that things can change at the Regional Tournament.
“We will have to play well in all phases of the game, pitching, hitting, defense,” states Johnsrud. “If we do, we have a great shot at winning the Region 7 Tournament and earning another trip to the State B Baseball Tournament.”
Watford City 15, MLSGKB 0
Watford City 13, MLSGKB 2
Watford City swept Mohall, Lansford, Sherwood, Glenburn, Kenmare and Bowbells, (MLSGKB) in double-header action last week.
In the first game, Watford City shut out MLSGKB in seven innings while scoring 15 runs on 17 hits.
The Wolves jumped out to a quick, 4-0 lead, and never looked back in the easy win.
Brandon Allex pitched the no-hitter for the Wolves, striking out six batters, while giving up just two walks.
At the plate, Trent Grimes was three for four with four RBIs, while Brandon Allex was three for three with two RBIs.
In the second game, Watford City’s bats remained hot as the Wolves scored 11 runs on 13 hits, beating MLSGKB, 13-2.
While Mohall got on the scoreboard first, the Wolves would score two runs to lead MLSGKB, 2-1, after two innings of play. Watford City would then score four runs in the top of the fourth to break the game open.
Quayde Shores earned the win on the mound for the Wolves as he struck out 10 batters.
At the plate, Dakota Neether was three for three with a double and a triple while driving in five runs. David Kline had a home run for the Wolves.
Game 1 R H E
MLSGKB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Watford City 4 2 3 6 0 0 x 15 17 0
Game 2 R H E
Watford City 0 2 0 4 2 5 0 13 11 1
MLSGKB 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 1
Watford City 10, DLB 0
Watford City 13, DLB 2
Watford City continued its winning ways as the Wolves swept Des Lacs-Burlington, 10-0 and 13-2, on May 6.
In the first game, after a scoreless three innings of play, Watford City got on the scoreboard with two runs in the fourth inning and then added two more runs in the fifth and six runs in the sixth inning to take the win.
Andrew Sampsel picked up the win for the Wolves striking out 12 batters, while giving up two walks.
At the plate, Quayde Shores was three for four with a double, while Brandon Allex was two for three.
In the second game of the day, Watford City rolled over DLB, 13-2, as Dakota Neether was solid on the mound, striking out nine batters while giving up just three walks.
The Wolves jumped out to a quick, 2-0 first inning lead, and never looked back as Watford City led DLB, 7-2, after three innings. The Wolves would add three more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings en route to the win.
At the plate, David Kline was three for five with five RBIs, while Quayde Shores was two for three.
Game 1 R H E
DLB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
Watford City 0 0 0 2 2 6 x 10 14 1
Game 2 R H E
Watford City 2 1 4 0 3 3 0 13 14 1
DLB 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 5