By Harry Lipsiea
Wet fields have affected the Devils Lake American Legion baseball team this season.
Several conference games have been cancelled due to damp conditions.
By Harry Lipsiea
Wet fields have affected the Devils Lake American Legion baseball team this season. Several conference games have been cancelled due to damp conditions. The Storm, however, has tried to stay busy by playing in non-conference action against squads from Minot.
On June 24, the Storm hosted the Vistas. One week later, Devils Lake traveled to take on the Metros. Ultimately, the squad ended up winning one out of four games. The road contest against the Vistas ended up in a pair of defeats at the hands of AA opponent Minot. Devils Lake dropped a 14-0 contest in the first game before bouncing back in a very competitive nightcap. The Vistas ultimately walked away with a 6-5 win in five innings.
In the opener, Cooper Knoke was tagged with the loss while Lance Anderson pitched in relief. At the plate, Jordan Swanson led the team with two singles. Holden Kurtz, Lance Anderson and Landen Hall each added singles to get on base. The Storm took a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
The Vistas, however, took a 5-4 lead in the fourth. Devils Lake tied it up in the bottom of the frame, but Minot won it with a run in the fifth. Frank Knowski started and teammate Landyn Swenson threw in relief. Swenson finished with a single and a run while Swanson had three walks, stole two bases and scored a run.
Holden Kurtz had a single while Knowski walked and scored a run. Hall was on base three times while Knoke walked and scored. Bryce Sebelius had a single. Swenson threw five innings in the first game against the Metros July 1. Teammate Lance Anderson pitched one inning in relief.
Leading the team offensively was Swenson getting on base three times and scoring a run. Kurtz added two hits and was one base three times. Knoke scored a run while Ty Ness added a single. Zach Shepherd got on base twice.
The Storm took it to the Metros in the second game walking away with a 12-3 win in the scheduled five-inning contest. Knoke, who earned the victory, pitched a complete game throwing just 69 pitches. The team used aggressive baserunning in the second inning to break away with six runs.
At the plate, Swanson added a long triple and two runs while getting on base three times. Swenson had a single and two doubles while scoring all three times on base. Kurtz had a double and two runs while getting on base three times while Anderson advanced three times and added a run.
Andrew Bertsch finished with a single and run while getting on twice. Knowski had a single. Hall had a triple and a run. Knoke helped his own cause with a double and scored both times he was on base. The team is now 10-9 on the season.