Posted 5/26/15 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
The Watford City Wolves varsity girls softball team punched their ticket to the State Class B Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament with a 14-12 win over Central McLean in the Regional Tournament.
The win earned the Wolves, who are 9-6 on the season, the fourth place trophy in the West Region and advanced the team to the State Tournament, which will be played in Dickinson on May 28 - 30. Watford City’s first action at State will be at 12 Noon (MT) against Kindred, the No. 1 seed from the East Region.
Watford City 14, Central McLean 12
Scoreboard operators were busy on Wednesday, May 20, as the Wolves and Central McLean combined for 26 runs in a battle for the right to advance to the State Softball Tournament. But when the dust finally settled, it was Watford City coming out on top with a huge, 14-12, victory.
McLean County would take a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. But Watford City answered right back on their first trip to the plate as the Wolves would score twice on wild pitches and a sacrifice ground out by Tarynn Jacobson.
Central McLean would rally in the fourth inning as they scored three runs with two outs. But again, Watford City would answer as they put three runs on the scoreboard on a two run double by McKenna Mayne and an RBI single by Alli Mogen.
After a see-saw first five innings, the Wolves would take the lead for good in the sixth inning as Watford City scored six runs on a three-run double by Mikka Haugeberg and two RBIs by Nicole Hall.
Haugeberg earned the win on the mound for the Wolves as she struck out one batter, walked six and gave up 15 hits.
Watford City 18, Wilton/Wing 7
Watford City opened the Region Tournament with a resounding 18-7 win over Wilton/Wing.
While both teams traded runs for most of the game, which saw four lead changes, the Wolves would take the lead for good in the third inning as Watford City scored four runs on two doubles and a RBI single by Grimes.
Kamryn Grimes went a perfect five for five at the plate for the Wolves. She singled in the first, third, fourth, and fifth innings, and doubled in the sixth inning.
It was a good day at the plate for the Wolves as eight hitters combined for 25 hits, 15 RBIs and 18 runs.
Watford City sealed its win in the fifth inning on a steal of home by Avery Sundeen, a ground out by Karissa Monsen, a two-run double by McKenna Mayne, and a RBI single by Tarynn Jacobson.
Watford City 8, Bottineau 9
Watford City has struggled against Bottineau most of the season. And in spite of having 17 hits on Tuesday, the Wolves still came up just a little short, 9-8, against the Stars.
Bottineau would lead Watford City, 6-0, after two innings of play, which left the Wolves facing a long uphill battle.
One run in the top of the fourth inning on a double by Mogen helped the Wolves close their deficit to 7-3. But Bottineau would answer with two runs of its own in the fourth.
A RBI by Langerud helped the Wolves close their deficit to 9-4 in the fifth.
The Wolves would put together one last rally in the seventh inning as Watford City would score four runs on a ground out RBI by Ashley Killion, a RBI single by McKenna Mayne, and a single by Mogen.