Valley City Merchants Win Softball Title


VALLEY CITY  (–The Valley City Merchants won the men’s slow pitch softball Division III (Class D) State Tournament this past weekend in Fargo.

The Merchants went 5-0 and allowed only six runs in the tournament to win the state title. They opened their first game on Saturday by defeating Industrial Electric of Dickinson 10-0, and they followed that with a 12-0 win over the Kensal Merchants.

In their final game on Saturday the Merchants defeated Zimney Oil Field Services of Minot 5-1. In the semi-final game on Sunday, the Merchants topped a Liquid Ice/Ken Kraft Agency team out of Fargo that came in averaging 21 runs per game, 10-0. In the state championship game, the Merchants defeated Schiele Enterprises of Fargo, 15-5.

Members of the Valley City Merchants softball team include (back row, l-r) Tony Gordon, Jordyn Heck, Jason Beilke, Matt Klabo, Jay Kocka, Chad Lueck, Ryan Leroux, (front row, l-r) Tom Glandt, Pat Bresnahan, Jeremy Wolff, Justin Thornton, LC Kjelland, Danny Swenson, James Thornton, Aaron Bietz. (photo submitted)


Chad Lueck led the team in batting, finishing 11-15 with two home runs in the tournament. James Thornton added three home runs, and Jason Beilke and Matt Klabo also homered for Valley City.

The Merchants also won the Class D Coors Light Early Bird Tournament in Fargo earlier this year and were league champions with a 25-2 record. They would like to thank the local businesses who helped sponsor the team this year including the NuBar, Wendel Auto Body, Agri-Cover, Finley Elevator, Dakota Silver, Brothers III, Leevers Super Valu, and Xtreme Printing.

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