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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Owls on to state ‘B’ in Langdon

  • By Harry LipsieaAfter a tough loss Thursday evening at the hands of Carrington, the Nelson County legion baseball team knew that its road to the State Class B American Legion Tournament would be a long one. The Owls, however, did exactly what they needed to: took it one step at a time.Behind three straight victories, ...
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  • By Harry Lipsiea
    After a tough loss Thursday evening at the hands of Carrington, the Nelson County legion baseball team knew that its road to the State Class B American Legion Tournament would be a long one. The Owls, however, did exactly what they needed to: took it one step at a time.
    Behind three straight victories, the team, made up of players that attend school at Lakota, Dakota Prairie, Cooperstown and Midkota, earned a spot at the state tournament beginning Wednesday in Langdon.
    Nelson County took second in the Central Region tournament after a hard-fought 7-6 loss to Carrington in eight innings Saturday. Nelson County 1 M-P 0 The Owls' journey to the championship game wasn't easy.
    In fact, the team's journey in loser-out action began with perhaps its most grueling game of the season. Nelson County used a superior pitching effort by Riley Nelson and top defense to walk away with a 1-0 victory in nine innings over May-Port. After a Patriot error in the bottom of the ninth left a scorer in scoring position, the Owls took full advantage.
    Dakota Hoyt drove a ball to the outfield for a game-winning RBI for the one-run triumph. Nelson went all nine innings giving up just six hits and no runs while striking out 12 Patriot batters. Offensively, Nelson had two hits while Jayden Grover, Hoyt and Engel had one each.
    Nelson County 10 Gardner 6
    After a dramatic win Friday morning, Nelson County rode out a 10-6 win against the tournament's top seed. The Owls used three runs in the third and the fourth to help walk away with a four-run victory in loser-out play against Gardner.
    Grover earned the victory against the Express. Grover also led the team offensively with three hits. Hoyt also added three hits while Ben Halverson had a pair of base hits.
    Nelson County 5 Hatton 2
    The Owls punched their ticket to the state tournament Saturday morning with a 5-2 win over Hatton. It was a close game early before Nelson County took control late thanks to a two-run homer by Grover. Tyler Gravseth earned the win going seven innings giving up just two runs on six hits. Grover had two hits and two RBIs.
    Carr. 7 Nelson County 6
    After three straight wins to stay alive, Nelson County took second after a heartbreaking loss to Carrington. The host team walked away with a one-run win after scoring in the eight inning. Both teams advance to the state tournament in Langdon. Jon Lund and Hoyt each went deep adding homers in the game. Lund took the loss in the game.

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