Wolves sweep Honkers in baseball action
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City bats were hot last week as the Wolves swept the Kenmare Honkers 9-0 and 13-1 and Des Lacs Burlington 10-0 and 3-0 in high school baseball action.
This week, the Wolves will be at home as they host Trinity Christian on Thursday and New Town on Friday.
Watford City 9, Kenmare 0
Watford City 13, Kenmare 1
Watford City used a strong defense while getting 14 hits to hold a young Kenmare team to just one run in two games as the Wolves swept the Honkers last Thursday.
Dillon Langerud picked up the win for the Wolves in the first game giving up just one hit while striking out four batters.
Watford City scored four runs in the third inning and then picked up five runs in the fourth inning to take the win.
In the second game, Paul Martin earned the win on the mound striking out five Kenmare batters. Offensively, Brandon Taylor went two for three with a double.
Watford City exploded for seven run in the first inning of the second game before adding six more runs in the second.
Game 1 R H E
Watford City 0 0 4 5 0 0 X 9 8 0
Kenmare 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Game 2 R H E
Watford City 7 6 0 X X 13 6 0
Kenmare 0 1 0 X X 1 2 2
Watford City 10, DLB 0
Watford City 3, DLB 0
Watford City capped off a perfect week of baseball action on Thursday as the Wolves swept Des Lacs Burlington 10-0 and 3-0.
“Both of these games counted toward the region record,” stated Justin Johnsrud, Wolves’ head coach. “It was a make-up from an earlier rainout. We played very well in both games. Our defense and pitching were solid only allowing two runners to reach scoring position in both games combined.”
Doug Rolfson earned the win in the first game striking out 10 batters in five innings of work.
“Rolfson pitched the five innings of game one and the first two innings of game two striking out 12 batters while giving up no walks,” stated Johnsrud. “No one reached second base while Rolfson was on the mound.”
Watford City jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning of play and then added a run in the second inning before blowing the game wide open with seven runs in the third inning.
Offensively, Karson Knudtson, Ben Haugeberg and Shawn Fulwider each were two for three at the plate.
Watford City’s pitching remained strong in the second game as Trey Jacobson struck out seven batters in seven innings of work. Jacobson also helped himself out in the win going two for three at the plate with a pair of doubles.
“We are playing better,” states Johnsrud. “We have cut down on the mental mistakes and our pitching has been great. I’m seeing better at bats and more confidence at the plate. If we continue to improve in those areas over the next two weeks we could have a good showing at the Region 7 Tournament.”
Game 1 R H E
Watford City 2 1 7 0 0 X X 10 11 0
DLB 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 2 3
Game 2 R H E
Watford City 1 0 0 0 2 0 X 3 7 1
DLB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0