Posted 7/07/15 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
It’s been a long summer so far for Watford City’s American Legion baseball team. With more losses than wins this season, the Walleye are desperately hoping to get back on track as the regional tournament is just a few weeks away.
This past week, the Walleye dropped a pair to Beulah and will be resuming play this week following the July 4th holiday.
Watford City’s next action will be on July 9 when the Walleye host Velva before competing in the Glendive Tournament July 10 through 12.
Beulah 15, Walleye 11
Beulah 8, Walleye 2
In spite of scoring 13 runs in two games on 18 hits, Watford City still came up on the losing side of the scoreboard as the Walleye dropped a pair of games to Beulah on June 29.
In a close first game, the Walleye led Beulah, 6-4, after the first four innings of play. But Beulah would score the next 11 runs before Watford City would score five runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the 15-11 win.
Andrew Sampsel and Brandon Roth would pace the Walleye in batting with both driving in three RBIs. Sampsel was two of two at the plate with a single and a double, while Roth was five for five with four singles and a double.
Hunter Neether took the loss on the mound for Watford City as he gave up eight runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking eight batters.
Beulah took an early, 5-0, lead in the second game en route to an 8-2 win over the Walleye.
David Kline led Watford City in batting as he hit two singles and drove in both Walleye scores in three trips to the plate.
Cody Johnson was the losing pitcher for Watford City as he gave up eight runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out one Beulah batter.
Game 1 R H E
Watford City 1 1 0 4 0 0 5 11 15 3
Beulah 1 0 1 2 4 7 x 15 11 1
Game 2 R H E
Watford City 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 3
Beulah 5 1 0 2 x 8 7 0