Aggies finally get over the hump, win close game

VELVA – The Velva-Drake-Anamoose baseball team has come up on the wrong side of more than one close game this season.

Entering Thursday, the Aggies were winless in four tries in contests decided by two runs or fewer.

They finally got the proverbial monkey – or rather the Cougar – off their back against Central McLean, as V-D-A secured a 3-1 win.

“We needed that win,” V-D-A coach Matt Weidler said. “The guys needed it. We’ve lost a lot of one-runs game here and it was good to get that win.”

V-D-A pitcher Aaron Dean was the backbone of the victory. He threw all seven innings, surrendering just five hits while striking out two.

“I thought the start went pretty good,” Dean said. “Location went well and everything went as planned. It went really smooth.”

Dean was cruising through five innings, but got himself into some hot water in the sixth when he yielded back-to-back base knocks, the second of which was an RBI double from shortstop Trapper Jacobs.

“I just got a little tired and the ball got a little higher on them. It was a little bit easier a target and easy to hit,” Dean said.

The Cougars logged two more hits in the sixth, which were sandwiched in between a sliding catch by V-D-A centerfielder Jeseb Mogen. Responding quickly, Mogen rose up and fired to double Jacobs off second base to minimize the damage for Dean and company.

“We were more aggressive at the plate in the sixth,” Central McLean coach Alex Jangula said. “We got runners on, and the centerfielder made a heck of a play and doubled us up and it was a big momentum swing back in their favor.”

And Dean took advantage.

After getting a ground ball to end the sixth, Dean didn’t allow a hit in the final inning en route to his complete-game win.

“Aaron threw very well and he located his pitch and kept the ball down low,” Stein said.

Third baseman Seth Fahy opened the scoring, logging a one-out double in the second inning. He later scored on a misplayed grounder off the bat of catcher Shad Vedaa, who came around to score moments later on a two-out, RBI double from second baseman Kobe Bright.

“Our defense wasn’t as solid as it normally is,” Jangula said. “Three errors officially and probably a few more. Normally we are sound defensively, and we gave them a few runs and it was the difference in the game.”

The Aggies travel to Beulah on Monday, while the Cougars travel to Max-Garrison on Tuesday.

John Denega covers Minot High athletics, Minot State softball and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @JohnDenega_MDN.