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Two seven inning games were played last night instead of the scheduled seven and five inning games. Officials decided to make up a June 17, rain-out in Kindred, between Valley City Post #60 and the Kindred Legion teams.
The first game was a real pitchers' duel had. Jaden Keys was on the mound for Valley City, and F. Andel was throwing for Kindred. Andel just threw heat, occasionally mixing in a cutter, but for seven innings, he made leather pop. Keys had his curve really working last night, to the point he was buckling batters' knees with it for seven innings.
Keys was working a no-hitter going into the top of the fifth. He was buckling knees with the curve, and then getting batters all tied up with a change-up in the dirt. But a shot in the fifth ended the no-hitter when Kindred first baseman M. Zink shot a hard liner right past Keys for a single into center.
Andel was sitting on a three-hitter coming out of the fifth. Valley City had runners on, but Andel got a swinging "K" to end the inning throwing a change-up on the plate.
Keys's one-hitter and shutout pitching ended in the top of the sixth. Kindred center fielder C. Danielson plopped a Texas fly right in the left field gap with center and hustled a double out of it. Anthony Olstad made a diving attempt, but the ball was just that much beyond his glove.
Kindred catcher T. Tallaleson put a two-out, full count liner down the third baseline to plate the game's first run.
Keys tried to help himself with a bottom of the sixth leadoff double. Spencer Meyer took a walk to put runners on first and second with one out. But Jacob Miller sent a hard shot skipping along the ground but right at short for a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Kindred plated one more in the top of the seventh, and Valley City went one, two, three to end the first game, 2-0 for Kindred.
Kindred had two runs on five hits, with one error. Valley City had no runs with four hits and one error.
The second game was the rain make up, with Kindred the home team, and Valley City batting first. A. Olien pitched for Kindred, and had a nasty change-up. Brett Stearns started on the mound for Valley City, and had a tight curve, a slider, and a pretty solid fastball.
Kindred got to Stearns early, but he didn't get much help from the defense through the two innings he pitched. Pop flies were allowed to fall and hit the outfield for singles, nor was there hustling to the ball. Of the six runs plated by Kindred in the first two innings, three were earned.
Valley City mounted a small, two-run rally in the third. Keys put an RBI single down the third baseline, and Meyers sent a bases loaded single over second for an RBI, making the game 6-3.
A couple of miscues in the bottom of the third put two more on the board for Kindred.
Valley City scratched back in the fourth and fifth innings, getting within three again, 8-5, but Kindred put up three more in the bottom of the fifth, and that's where the game stayed. Kindred won 11-5.
Kindred had 11 runs on nine hits, with one error. Valley City had five runs on five hits, with two errors.