Devils Lake Storm battle in extra innings to beat Grand Forks Blues

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Journal Staff Report

It was a long, but rewarding night for the Devils Lake legion baseball team Wednesday. The Storm traveled to play the Grand Forks Blues and needed 10 innings to earn a 9-7 win in Game 1. The second game was played in five innings and saw a 10-6 win for the Storm.

The result was getting back to Devils Lake at 2 a.m., but with a 2-1 conference record.

Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair with the Blues scoring three runs in the first inning. The Storm tied the game at three in the fourth inning.

The score flipped several times from there. Grand Forks took a 4-3 lead in the fourth, then DL went ahead 5-4 in the fifth.

The Storm fell behind 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth, then tied the game in the seventh to send it to extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, DL scored two runs to get the win.

“The theme was the kids played hard and stuck together,” DL head coach Randy Ostermiller said. “They just weren’t going to lose.”

Ryan Haahr threw the last 4.1 innings to get the win.

Haahr and Landyn Swenson both had two doubles and scored three runs each. Swenson also added two singles and Haahr got on again with a single.

Jordan Swanson had three singles and two walks, Lance Anderson had a double and a single, Landen Hall, Noah Widmer and Jacob Greene recorded two singles.

In Game 2, the Storm used seven runs in the second inning to guide them to a victory.

Ethan Sampson made his first legion start, going the first two innings before Lance Anderson and Widmer pitched the remaining three innings.

All nine batters got on base at least once and eight different base runners scored.

Widmer led the Storm with two hits while Anderson had a single and walked twice.

The Storm are on a road trip next week, playing at Valley City on Monday. They then travel to watch the Minnesota Twins play Tuesday against Philadelphia, play at West Fargo on Wednesday and watch the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks game on Thursday.