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Ty's Take: Softball domination continues

West Fargo's Michaela Liebl safely slides into third base during a game Saturday against Bismarck Century in West Fargo. Dave Wallis / Forum Communications Co.

If everything keeps going at the same pace, another state championship looks to be in the works for the West Fargo softball team.

With three more victories in the bag last week, the Packers improved to 5-0 in the Eastern Dakota Conference and 7-0 overall.

But they are not alone at the top of the heap. Fargo North also sits at 5-0, 7-0 and looks to be a viable threat to West Fargo's possible 15th straight state title.

Still, there's a lot of ground to lose or gain until the state tournament in June, and for now, the Packers seem unstoppable.

Part of that stems from their ace pitchers, Brittany Rheault and Jolene Woodbury. The duo have combined for 62 strikeouts and a team earned runs average of just 0.18.

On Tuesday, Valley City fell 10-0 to the defending state champs in a game shortened to five innings. Rheault picked up her second no-hitter and third victory on the mound.

It was Woodbury's turn to pitch on Saturday, as she also grabbed her third win of the year in an 8-0 thumping over Minot during the West Fargo Invitational (Friday's games were canceled because of inclement weather). Woodbury, a junior, allowed just one run in the seven-inning stretch.

Rheault got her fourth win in Saturday's finale, as the Packers topped Bismarck Century 2-0. To date, the sophomore has struck out 37 batters and given up just 4 hits in 22 innings. On top of that, Rheault hasn't given up a single earned run.

West Fargo also has ample offensive threats. Sydney Greenlund currently leads the team with 17 runs batted in, two home runs and a .652 batting average. And Lexi Lennon is close behind with 14 RBIs off 24 hits and a batting average of .542.

West Fargo was set to face Shanley (1-0, 1-3) on Tuesday, but results were unavailable by press time. The Packers play a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, hosting Grand Forks Red River (3-0, 2-2), before heading to Detroit Lakes on Saturday for a tournament.

Baseball takes two sweeps

As with softball, the West Fargo baseball team is having remarkable success, too.

At 4-0 in conference play and 8-0 overall, the Packers currently sit atop the East Region standings. Close behind are Fargo North and Fargo Davies, who are tied at 3-0 against conference opponents.

West Fargo's string of wins continued last week with two doubleheaders sweeps.

On Tuesday, Andy Young picked up his first win of the season, and did so in dominant fashion. The senior righty struck out four batters in a 16-0 no-hitter over Valley City.

Brock Evenson had 4 runs batted in, and Kory Wolden contributed 4 hits.

The onslaught continued in the nightcap, as the Packers won 19-0 off 17 hits. Kory Wolden struck out five in his first win of the season, while Luke Johnson picked up 6 RBIs and Brendan Sluke amassed 3 hits.

The Packers next received a visit from Grand Forks Red River (3-1, 4-2), and witnessed a bit tighter competition.

In the opener, Evenson went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Packers won 3-0. Young sparked the 3-1 nightcap after going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

West Fargo was slated to face Shanley in a doubleheader Monday, but results were unavailable by the time this edition of the Pioneer went to press. They play another doubleheader Thursday at Fargo North, beginning at 5 p.m., before traveling to Marshall, Minn., for a tournament on Saturday.

,b>Track still on track

So far through an indoor and, now, outdoor season, the West Fargo track and field team remains unbeaten.

On Saturday, the Packers swept the Moorhead Athletic Association meet at Concordia College, with the boys garnering 132.125 points and the girls picking up 89.5.

As she did in the last meet, Amanda Levin flexed her muscles to sweep the sprints and take first in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races.

Christina Bruenjes picked up the Packers' other victories, as she leapt to first-place finishes in both the long jump (15 feet, 9 inches) and triple jump (34 feet, 10 inches).

On the West Fargo boys side, Shane Siverson took the win in the 200-meters with a time of 23.45 seconds. Two Packers relay teams also placed first in 400 meters and 3,200 meters.

Chaz Gunderson nailed 20 feet, 10.5 inches in the long jump to best his next closest competitor by more than a foot and take the win.

West Fargo's next meet is 4 p.m. Friday, as the Packers host a triathlon with Fargo North and Wahpeton.