HUMBOLDT/VOLGA – The Volga VFW squad posted a 1-2 record at the Class A 16U VFW State Tournament over the weekend to finish sixth.
Volga fell 7-1 to Beresford in Friday’s opening round at Humboldt before bouncing back with a 2-0 win over Wagner in the consolation bracket on Saturday.
Due to field conditions, the tourney concluded at Hoff Field on Sunday as Volga fell 12-7 to Madison in the consolation championship.
Beresford went on to win the title witha 9-4 win over Dakota Valley while West Central downed Madison Black, 9-5, in the third-place game.
• Beresford 7, Volga 1
Beresford exploded for six runs in the top of the fourth inning to pull away for a 7-1 victory in the opening round.
Beresford plated a run in the first when Marcus Vandreal was hit by a pitch and then scored on an RBI ground out by Josh Beckett.
In the fourth, the first four batters reached base and later scored for the Watchdogs.
After Sean Roiger struck out Connor Thaler to get the first out of the inning, Vandreaul was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a steal. Hunter Ellis drove Vandreaul in and then scored on a error.
Volga got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Lane Vander Wal reached second base on a Beresord error. Aiden Tisdall drove Vander Wal home on an RBI double to right center, but Volga did not have another base runner until Jackson Kooima’s one-out double in the bottom of the seventh.
Roiger added a base hit in the first while Kooima and Tisdall’s RBI double were the only other hits for Volga.
Roiger gave up six runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.
Parker Puetz allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings of relief before Jaxton Schiller posted a shutout in the final inning.
Beresford 7, Volga 1
Beresford 100 600 0 – 7 6 4
Volga. 000 100 0 – 1 3 4
• Volga 2, Wagner 0
The Volga 16U’s faced Wagner on Saturday afternoon in an elimination game and came away with a 2-0 win to move into Sunday’s Consolation Championship.
Volga got the scoring started in the bottom of the first when leadoff batter Jake Goodfellow drew a walk and moved to second on Roiger’s single.
Goodfellow moved to third on Colby Olauson’s fielder’s choice, and then scored on a wild pitch.
Caleb Elijah’s RBI-single plated Olauson for the 2-0 lead after an inning.
Aiden Tisdall made those two runs count as we went all seven innings for the complete-game shutout win. He scattered five hits and earned the W in just 94 pitches.
Goodfellow, Tisdall and Carson Christopherson each contributed a single for Volga.
VOLGA 2, WAGNER 0
Wagner 000 000 0 – 0 5 1
Volga 200 000 x – 2 5 1
• Madison 12, Volga 7
Due to rain on both Friday and Saturday nights, the final day of the state tournament shifted to Hoff Field.
Madison used a 12-hit attack en route to scoring 12 runs in a 12-7 defeat of Volga in the consolation championship.
After totaling just eight hits in the first two days, Volga matched that total as Jaxton Schiller led the offensive attack with three hits and scored twice.
Konner Logan added a pair of hits and an RBI while Puetz tacked on a two-run homer in the top of the sixth.
Volga pulled within 9-6 in the sixth before Madison answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame.
Colby Olauson was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs in four innings of work.
Schiller allowed six runs in one-plus inning of relief before Vander Wal came on in the sixth to finish off the Madison rally.
MADISON 12, VOLGA 7
Volga. 000 213 1 – 7 8 0
Madison 220 143 x – 12 12 3