Bad luck Storm: DL loses 3-1 to Wahpeton in five innings after rain, lightning ends game

Sam Herder Journal Sports Editor
Devils Lake and Wahpeton only got five innings of play in before rain and lightning cancelled the game, with Wahpeton winning 3-1. Photo: Third baseman Noah Widmer catches a fly ball in foul territory.

Luck and timing weren’t on the side of the Devils Lake legion baseball team Wednesday. Just a few minutes after the fifth inning ended, heavy rain and lightning sent DL and Wahpeton Post 20 to their dugouts with Wahpeton up 3-1.

With standing water beginning to make the field unplayable and no let up in the rain, officials decided to call the game. And since five innings were completed and DL had no runners on base, Wahpeton got the win.

The storm bucked the Storm.

Post 20 needed just one big three-run inning in the fourth to take the lead.

Landyn Swenson, who dominated Wahp on June 13 on the mound, had a one-hitter going after the third inning with four strikeouts.

But in the fourth, Wahp loaded the bases with no outs and recorded three runs in the inning.

The Storm’s solo run came in the first inning with Lance Anderson sending Swenson home with a single.

DL had six hits in the first two innings, but went hitless in the next three.

“We seem to always hurt ourselves,” Storm head coach Randy Ostermiller said. “We should have been able to win all but three games we’ve played this year, but we always shoot ourselves. We can play with anyone in the league, it’s just a matter of playing a complete game.”

Along with Anderson and Swenson, Landen Hall, Jordan Swanson, Parker Schmid and Noah Widmer added singles in the game.