VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – For the first time this season, Valley City dropped both ends of a doubleheader. Thursday night Devils Lake came in and swept the Royals 11-6 and 4-1 at Charlie Brown Field.
GAME 1: Devils Lake 11, Valley City 6
In game one, the Storm scored five unearned runs in the third inning to break open a one run game on the way to taking the opener.
Devils Lake had only six hits but were helped out by eight walks and six errors by the usually sure fielding Royals.
Parker Vilandre was 1 for 2 with three runs scored and an rbi. Hunter Swanson reached base four times on three walks and was hit by a pitch. He scored all four times.
Grady Karges had two hits for the Royals and drove in two runs with a triple in the sixth to cut the lead to 11-6. Corey Nelson got Valley City to within 3-2 with a two-out, two-run single in the second inning. Alex Thornton and Easton Hesch each had run scoring singles in the third to cut the lead back to 8-4. But they would not get any closer.
GAME 2: Devils Lake 4, Valley City 1
Max Elfman had a two run double in the four run second inning leading the Storm. Parker Swanson allowed four hits and one earned run in five innings of work for the complete game win. He did not walk anyone and struck out one.
Connor May had two hits and drove in Corey Nelson in the fourth with a single to right for the Royals only run. Nelson and Cayden Lloyd each had one hit.
With the two losses, Valley City falls to 15-6 overall and 10-2 in the East Region. Devils Lake improves to 10-8 overall and 3-5 in the East.
The Royals host Kindred Friday at noon at Charlie Brown Field. That game can be heard on AM 1490/96.3 FM KOVC and video streamed live on newsdakota.com with coverage beginning at 11:50am.