MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Presentation College baseball team can almost claim Mall of America Field in Minneapolis as its home turf.
The Saints have used the indoor domed stadium to play eight games so far this season and are scheduled for three more. PC dropped an early morning baseball doubleheader to Valley City State on Thursday by scores of 13-0 and 6-5. The first pitch was scheduled for 7 a.m.
Valley City State clubbed 31 hits in the two games, including 12 for extra bases.
The Vikings used four pitchers in the first game to limit the Saints to just four hits and no runs. Dan Buehner and Brenden Shearer had four hits each for Valley City. Shearer drove in five runs with two singles, a double and a triple.
In the second game, Presentation took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning, but the Vikings answered with three runs in the bottom half of the third for a 4-2 lead. Valley City tacked on single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and held a 6-3 lead heading into the seventh inning. The Saints added two runs in the final inning but fell short. Four Valley City players had two hits each.
The former home of the Minnesota Twins (Metrodome) had closed down for baseball earlier in the season, but due to a need for playable facilities, reopened to give teams a dry and warm place to play. The dome-covered baseball field is being used for baseball games almost every hour of the day and night.
In its next action, Presentation College (7-20) will make a return trip to the Mall of America Field for a night-time tripleheader. The Saints will play Mayville State on Sunday, beginning at 9 p.m.
No college baseball games have been played at Fossum Field in Aberdeen yet this season.
Valley City|710 013 1--13 19 2
Presentation|000 000 0-- 0 4 2
Ronnie Blagg, Chad Leskiw (3), Anthony Myer (5), Joey Duttenhefer (7) and Josiah Churchill; Presentation battery not reported. 2B--Valley City, Dan Buehner 2, Brenden Shearer. 3B--Valley City, Buehner, Mike Gershman, Shearer, Colin Waldner; Presentation 1. HR--Brady Anderson.
Presentation|002 001 2--5 3 1
Valley City|103 011 x--6 12 2
Presentation battery not reported; Derek Zitzow, Corey Pudas (4), Mike Gershman (6), Preston Jensen (6), Colin Waldner (7) and Dan Buehner. 2B--Presentation 1; Valley City, Gershman. 3B--Presentation 1; Valley City, Thomas Houdek, Waldner. HR--Valley City, Gershman.