Thanks in huge part to right-handed pitcher James Thornton, who won again on the mound for Valley City.
The right-hander pitched 17 of the Merchants’ 21 innings in the tournament, including a complete-game win Sunday in a 3-2 win over Grace City.
Thornton had 2 wins and a save in the tournament.
Gavin Black was saddled with the tough-luck loss for Grace City. Both pitchers had 6 strikeouts in the game.
North Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament
At Jack Brown Stadium
Class A Championship Game
Valley City 3, Grace City 2
Valley City 000 201 0 – 3 8 3
Grace City 000 000 2 – 2 5 1
James Thornton and Jimmy Altringer. Gavin Black and Lucas Stangeland. W-Thornton. L-Black.