Posted 7/21/15 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
After dropping three games last week, Watford City’s American Legion baseball team is hoping to turn their dismal season around as they head into the regional tournament this week.
The Walleye dropped a 12-8 contest against Glasgow on Sunday, July 12, and then dropped a pair of games to Washburn by scores of 2-0 and 6-2 on July 15.
The Walleye will now be heading into the Regional Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, July 22, in Washburn. Watford City’s first game in the tournament will be at noon against Washburn.
While Watford City enters the tournament with a 5-24 record and hasn’t won a league game all season, Pat Spacher, Walleye head coach, still is optimistic the team could make it to State.
“With four teams from our region advancing to State, all we have to do is win one game at the right time,” states Spacher. “But in order to do that, we’ve got to pitch well and swing the bat better than we have so far this season.”
Glasgow 12, Walleye 8
Watford City got off to a great start against Glasgow on Sunday as the Walleye jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning of play. But that lead quickly turned into a 6-6 tie at the bottom of the second inning as Watford City gave up six runs to open the inning, before scoring one run in the bottom of the inning.
Glasgow would score two more runs in the fourth inning and then sealed the win with a four-run seventh inning.
Jackson Voll went three of four at the plate for the Walleye with two singles and a double while driving in three runs.
Heath Chaffin took the loss on the mound for the Walleye as he gave up eight runs on eight hits in three innings of pitching.
R H E
Glasgow 0 6 0 2 0 0 4 12 16 0
Watford City 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 8 15 2
Washburn 2, Walleye 0
Washburn 6, Walleye 2
The Walleye dropped a pair of games to Washburn on July 15, as Watford City dropped the first game 2-0, and then lost the second game, 6-2.
In a low-scoring first game, Washburn held the Walleye to just two hits.
The Walleye fared better at the plate in the second game as they scored two runs on seven hits, but still came up short on the scoreboard.
Andrew Sampsel took the loss in the first game, while Keegan Thompson was the losing pitcher in the second game.
Game 1 R H E
Washburn 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0
Watford City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
Game 2 R H E
Watford City 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 7 3
Washburn 0 2 1 1 0 2 x 6 8 0