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Blue Hawks baseball team splits with Valley City State

VALLEY CITY -- C.J. Ketron continued his solid pitching and Dickinson State scored four runs in the second inning to beat Valley City State on Thursday in the first game of a Dakota Athletic Conference doubleheader at Charlie Brown Field.

Ketron, the reigning DAC Pitcher of the Week, didn't allow an earned run over six innings while scattering eight hits to help the Blue Hawks to a 6-2 victory in a seven-inning contest.

The Vikings forced the split, winning the nine-inning second game 11-2.

DSU's Jacob Muir and Sam Bisson each had RBI doubles while Tanner Newman went 3-for-4 with a pair of stole bases and two runs scored.

Erik Bastio got DSU out to a rocky start in the second game. The right-hander gave up five earned runs while striking out one before being pulled in favor of reliever Chas Allen, who got DSU out of the inning.

The Vikings never let up though, blasting through Allen, Connor Hartz and Cole Steinbeisser.

Casey Clark drove in three runs, going 3-for-6 with 2 runs and Josh Evans was 3-for-4, scoring three runs and driving in another. Brendan Shearer and Dan Buehner each had two RBI.

The teams meet again at noon today.

VCSU 000 020 0 -- 2 8 5

DSU 140 001 x -- 6 10 2

Ronnie Blagg and Dan Buehner. C.J. Ketron, Bobby King (7) and Zach Griffith. W-Ketron. L-Blagg.

Highlights: VCSU, Preston Jensen 3-for-4, run; Kyle Skinner 1-for-4, RBI; Brenden Shearer 2-for-3, RBI. DSU, Tanner Newman 3-for-4, 2 SB, 2 runs; Jacob Muir 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, run; Derek Carley 1-for-3, RBI, SB; Sam Bisson 2-for-2, 2B, RBI, run.

VCSU 520 201 001 -- 11 16 4

DSU 001 100 000 -- 2 4 2

Ryan Shaw, Colin Waldner (9) and Josiah Churchill.

Erik Bastio, Chas Allen (3), Connor Hartz (4), Cole Steinbeisser (9). W-Shaw. L-Bastio.

Highlights: VCSU, Shaw 8 IP, 4 K, 4 H, 3 BB, 1 ER; Casey Clark 3-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Josh Evans 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, 3 runs; Preston Jensen 1-for-4, 2 runs; Brenden Shearer 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, run; Dan Buehner 3-for-5, 2 RBI. DSU, Justin Elizondo 1-for-3, RBI; Jon Mendoza 1-for-3, RBI; Jacob Muir 1-for-4; Zach Griffith 1-for-3, run; Bastio Zc IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 1 K.

Records: VCSU 9-18, DSU 16-14.