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Valley City Legion Post 60 carry the No. 3 seed into Thursdayâ€™s Grafton Regional Tournament after a 3-13 regular season campaign and look to hit their stride starting with an 11 a.m. debut against Harvey.
â€śThere isnâ€™t a team with better players position-by-position,â€ť said Post 60 head coach Kyle Roelfsema of his squad intent on reducing mistakes in key moments that contributed to seven losses of three or fewer runs.
Thursdayâ€™s winner faces Wahpeton at 4 p.m. Thursday, the loser the Grafton-Casselton loser at 6:30 p.m Thursday.
Post 60 scored 4.75 runs per contest and gave up 12.1.
Chase Carpenter led all batters with a 26-for-46 (.565) campaign, four walks, 17 singles, six doubles, two triples, a homer, 13 runs and nine batted in.
Jake Miller batted 19-of-57 (.333) for six walks, 13 singles, six doubles, nine runs and seven RBIs.
Austen Meyer went 14-of-44 (.318) for four walks, 11 singles, two doubles, a triple, seven runs and brought seven home.
Jesse Johnson came up 19-of-60 (.317) for three walks, 15 singles, four doubles, six runs and freed 11 more.
Post 60 batted 134-for-483 (.277) with a .372 on-base percentage, 57 walks, 100 singles, 28 doubles, five triples, Carpenterâ€™s dinger, 76 runs and 57 RBIs.
Johnson led the team with a 1.826 earned run average through 23 innings, a 1-2 record and a save in seven appearances against 23 hits, six of 17 runs earned, 18 walks, 31 strikeouts and three batters hit by pitch.
Austin Berg turned in a 3.684 ERA with 19 innings pitched in seven games and a 1-0 record against 30 hits, 10 of 24 earned runs, 16 walks, 19 strikeouts and a hit-by-pitch.
Masyn Olsen posted a 4.455 ERA through 11 innings, three games and an 0-1 record, 18 hits, seven of 16 runs earned, 11 walks, five hits and a hit-by-pitch.
Valley City registered a 6.509 team ERA through 114 innings, 20 games, a 3-10 standing and Johnsonâ€™s save against 186 hits, 193 runs, 106 of 193 runs earned, 110 walks, 133 strikeouts and 20 batters hit by pitch.
Millerâ€™s .949 fielding percentage led Post 60 with 93 putouts against five errors. Alex Milender fielded a .931 with 54 putouts and four errors, Ben Baasch a .917 on 22 putouts and two errors.
Post 60 completed the regular season with an .826 fielding percentage on 338 putouts and 71 errors.View more articles in: