As the clock passed 9 p.m. Friday and darkness started to replace the natural light at Charlie Brown Memorial Field, the Valley City Post 60 baseball team had two goals.
First — Get through the fifth inning of its second game that night with Galchutt. Second — Scrap a few runs together and get the win.
By the time the game finished roughly 20 minutes later, both tasks were complete as the team, which played as the visitor on the score board in the second game, won 4-3 after scoring three runs in the top of the fifth.
The late rally clinched a double header sweep for Valley City, which won 15-12 in the first game before the 4-3 win.
But after the high scoring, error-filled opener, the two teams played against both each other and the setting sun.
By the time that Valley City got to the top of the fifth inning, trailing 3-1, it was light enough to play, but visibility wasn’t at its best.
“It was hard to see the ball but we still swung, hit the ball real hard,” said Valley City first baseman Troy Anderson.
Jaden Keys and Chase Carpenter, Valley City’s first two batters that inning, got out in succession to start the inning.
Valley City then had a single by Spencer Meyer. Anthony Olstad then reached base on an error by the second baseman that got him all the way to second base.
Andrew Glaser then hit a double to right field, scoring both Meyer and Olstad to tie the game.
Anderson then got the winning hit on a single to deep left field that scored Glaser. The deep fly ball was just short of the fence.
“I was expecting (to hit) a ground ball because I had been hitting those all game,” Anderson said. “This time I got it in the air somewhere.”
Coach Jason Beilke was pleased with the offense, particularly in the last inning.
“I knew we had the heart of our order coming up,” he said. “We had (the) three, four, five (spots) coming up, so I was hoping we could get a few runners on and make it interesting.”
The offense made up for what was generally a bad day in the field. In the second game, Valley City had four errors and only one of Galchutt’s three runs were earned.
Valley City pitcher Andrew Glaser finished the game with only three hits allowed and had five strikeouts.
But the reliance on offense wasn’t limited to one game.
Valley City also had eight errors in the first game, but again made up for it with stellar offense. Valley City started the first game with seven runs in the first inning and finished with five runs in the sixth inning.
Ben Sorenson and Chase Carpenter scored three runs each in the the win.
Valley City continues its season against Fairmount-Hankinson at 5:30 p.m. today at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.