By Harry Lipsiea
The Devils Lake baseball team has continued to stay busy throughout the wet spring. The squad took on a pair of of top teams this weekend. On Friday, the Firebirds hosted Fargo Shanley before traveling to Grand Forks Saturday taking on Red River.
By Harry Lipsiea
The Devils Lake baseball team has continued to stay busy throughout the wet spring. The squad took on a pair of of top teams this weekend.
On Friday, the Firebirds hosted Fargo Shanley before traveling to Grand Forks Saturday taking on Red River. Friday was a tough day for Devils Lake as a salty squad from Fargo Shanley came to town.
The home squad just wasn't able to get much going as the Deacons used its offensive firepower to pick up victories by margins of 13-1 and 20-0. In the opener, Shanley scattered five runs in the second, one in the third, six in the fourth and another in the fifth.
One key in the game was 10 Deacon walks and three Firebird errors that led to a majority of the visiting team's scoring output. Meanwhile, Devils Lake finished with five basehits in the game. Darion ThreeIrons, Holden Kurtz, Andrew Bertsch, Jordan Swanson and Landyn Swenson each added hits for the Firebirds.
The team scored its lone run in the third as a single by Andrew Bertsch scored Austin Moser. Bertsch was tagged with the loss going three-and-two-thirds innings giving up 10 runs, five earned runs and four hits.
Cooper Knoke gave up three hits, three runs and three-earned runs in an inning-plus of relief work. Walks and errors were again a big key in the second game as Deacon hitters reached base on balls 17 times. Shanley finished with nine hits in the 20-0 victory.
The team scored two runs in the first, seven in the second, seven in the fourth and four in the fifth. There were seven Devils Lake errors. ThreeIrons and Landen Hall each added a hit for the Firebirds.
Swanson was tagged with the loss. Kurtz, Moser and Swenson each came in for relief work during the game for the Firebirds. The Firebirds did their best to rebound Saturday against a strong Red River squad. Devils Lake played extremely well for much of the game until errors caught up with the squad in the sixth inning.
The Rough Riders earned a 10-1 victory. Of the team's 10 runs only one was earned. Red River took a 1-0 lead in the first before Devils Lake responded in the second as Jordan Swanson, who doubled, scored to tie the game up at one.
The Rough Riders took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. That score remained until the bottom of the sixth when the home team scored eight insurance runs to walk away with a 10-1 victory.
James Olson pitched very well giving up just three hits, four runs and one earned run in five innings. Jake Mertens pitched an inning of relief giving up four hits, six runs and no earned runs. Mertens, Austin Moser and Swanson had the team's lone hits in the game.
The Firebirds are scheduled to play Grand Forks Central and Fargo Davies on the road Monday and Tuesday.