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Valley City took on Shanley last night in two games of fastpitch softball, at home in Valley City. Shanley was playing with a somewhat depleted roster, and, in fact, had to borrow Haley Schnaidt from Valley City to fill out the squad.
Coach Erika Caulkins's team was all long-ball, pulling off two grand slams in the two games, plus several single- and multi-run homers. Danica Diegel was on the rubber for Valley City in game one, and with one exception threw the ball past Shanley batters.
Valley City went up 3-0 in the first inning of the first game, and added five more in the second inning, four from Brooke Breckheimer's grand slam. The highlight in the first game for Shanley was taking away the goose egg and Danica Diegel's shutout in the top of the third with a hit that started as a single, and because of some good speed running the bags and some throwing errors wound up as the single run for Shanley.
Valley City put four more on the board in the bottom of the third, making it 12-1. Valley City hitters did extremely well with bunts last night, getting infield hits. Batters dropped them just far enough out in front of the plate where the balls died and no fielder had a play.
In the bottom of the fourth, Tarryn Justesen reached first on an E5, and Sadie Klingenberg got an infield hit from a bunt off the plate. Danica Diegel ended the game with a three-run homer to the deep gap in right-center. Valley City won 13-1.
Tarryn Justesen was on the rubber for Valley City in the second game, where Valley City was the visiting team this time.
Valley City plated four in the first inning, three from a three-run double from Maddie McDaniel. Shanley put runners on first and second in their half of the frame, but left them stranded.
Dierra Diegel smacked a two-run homer in the top of the second. But Valley City left runners stranded on first and third.
The third inning was wild for Valley City. Abby Brown led off the top of the inning with a homer. Runners on first and second, and Klingenberg got robbed of a hit by a great catch on a liner at short. Danica Diegel then walked to load the bases, and sister Dierra cleared them with deep shot to right, Valley City's second grand slam of the night. Another walk, and an RBI single for McDaniel, who then scored from first on an RBI single from Brenna Dieterle. When it was over, Valley City plated nine, making it 15-0.
Shanley picked up a run in the bottom of the third on an error in left. They then loaded the bases with one out, but Justesen took the next two batters herself leaving the runners stranded.
Valley City added four more in the top of the fourth. Shanley put runners on all the bags again, but a great play by Dieterle effectively ended the rally attempt. She chased a pop fly all the way from her position in left field to make a diving catch in shallow center. A routine grounder for a 4-3 play ended the game. Valley City won 19-1.