Valley City sweeps doubleheader over Blue Hawks

Valley City sweeps doubleheader over Blue Hawks

DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawks fell in the final two games of their four game series against Valley City State on Sunday (Mar. 30).  Dickinson State dropped game one, 9-1, before falling in game two 5-0.  The Blue Hawks are now 5-23 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.

In game one the Vikings scored at least one run in each of the first five innings.  Brady Anderson continued to stay hot, going 4-for-5, with five RBIs. 

The Blue Hawks scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning.  Eric Seiler reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a wild throw by Anderson.  Jordan Tescher roped a two-out single to drive home Seiler.

Tescher finished 2-for-3 with a run batted in.  Chris Mjelstad also had a pair of hits. Ryan Risse was 1-for-3.

In the second game Valley City opened the scoring in the first.  The first batter of the ballgame, Robert Wiley, hit a sharp grounder up the middle that was snared by shortstop Thad Lane.  Lane spun and fired to first to retire Wiley.  With one out Kayle Hamre was hit by a pitch and advanced to second when Anderson grounded out softly.  Cole Honl drove him in with a double to right-center. 

The Vikings scored again the third on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Necochea.  Following the sac-fly, Honl advanced to third with two outs.  Dan Buehner then laced a grounder towards third that should have gone through, but Tescher made a diving stop and retired Buehner to keep the score at 2-0.

Both offenses were quiet until the seventh.  A pair of errors in the seventh inning helped the Vikings plate three runs to give them a 5-0 margin.

Brendan Hardaway went the full seven innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struck out three hitters.  Austin Taft had a pair of hits.  Caleb Burgard and Mjelstad each had a hit.

The Blue Hawks will be back on the field on Wednesday (Apr. 2) when they host Jamestown in a North Star doubleheader.  First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.