By Sam Herder
Journal Sports
Devils Lake began its second half of its legion baseball regular season Tuesday with an 8-8 overall record and a 3-3 mark in league standings. Hoping to make a push to the state tournament, DL gave itself a boost with a doubleheader sweep of Casselton 6-1 and 2-1.

By Sam Herder
Journal Sports
Devils Lake began its second half of its legion baseball regular season Tuesday with an 8-8 overall record and a 3-3 mark in league standings. Hoping to make a push to the state tournament, DL gave itself a boost with a doubleheader sweep of Casselton 6-1 and 2-1.
“What I told them was that I liked that it was a team effort. Everyone contributed,” coach Randy Ostermiller said. “There wasn’t one person who didn’t contribute in one of the victories. It was really nice to see after the weekend we had.”
The importance of the first game, which counts toward league records, looked to be recognized by DL players as they got off to a 4-1 lead after the first inning.
Ryan Haahr provided the first spark with his glove, covering plenty of green from his left-field position and making a diving catch to end the first.
Landyn Swenson and Haahr reached base to start DL on offense. After two straight outs, Jordan Swanson walked and Cordell Yoder and Zack Shepherd took care of business from there.
Yoder lined a single and Shepherd cleared the bases with a double to take the 4-1 lead.
“That’s huge because we’re always the youngest and smallest team when we take the field, so it’s always a confidence boost when you get out on top right away,” Ostermiller said. “It makes everything easier.”
Yoder had himself a day at the plate, collecting two more RBI with a triple in the third inning to add some cushion for pitcher Andrew Bertsch.
“It was just a lot of hard work in the cage and putting time in,” Yoder said. “A lot of it was pitch selection, as coach always says.”
Bertsch, by the way, wasn’t too shabby himself on the mound. Benefitting from a fresh arm, Bertsch pitched a complete game, striking out five, walking one and not allowing Casselton to get on the scoreboard in the final six innings.
He got clean play from his defense behind him with limited errors and an impressive turned double play in the fourth.
“It’s nice not having to have any worries up there,” Bertsch said. “The offense will take care of the rest and I go from there.”
The nightcap only went five innings to see the Storm hold on for a 2-1 win. Swanson poked a two-out single in the opening inning and did the rest himself.
A couple steals and wild pickoff throw later, the senior scored to take a 1-0 lead.
Casselton tied it up in the second, but DL answered quickly. Parker Schmid got on with a single and advanced on another single via Brady Weber.
Haahr then drove in Schmid with the third single of the inning.
DL held on from there, with Joey Hornstein commanding the mound in the first four innings, fanning five batters, including four in a row in the second and third. Swanson came on for relief in the fifth to close the game.
“Pitching is really starting to come around,” Ostermiller said. “We’ve been preaching all you do is hit your spots, you don’t have to throw hard. Andrew only threw 80-some pitches in seven innings. Five out of his last six outings have been really good so he’s on a roll right now.”
With a 10-8 overall record (4-3 league), the Storm travel to Minot today to face the junior team in non-league action. They return home next Tuesday against Wahpeton for a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader.