The weather couldn't have been better for the Elysian pastime. The sun shone down all weekend long on The Leever's Classic American Legion Baseball Tournament, played at Charlie Brown Field, in Valley City. Eight teams (including both Valley City Post #60 teams) from as far away as Grand Forks vied from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon for the Leever's Classic trophy.
The championship game was played Sunday afternoon, between LaMoure and Nelson County Owls, and what a game it was, starting as a pitchers' duel, and ending with LaMoure getting eight-runned in the bottom of the sixth.
Logan Lund pitched a one-hit shutout for the Owls. His heat was on and accurate, and a had a fast move and rope-throw to first. Beau Diegel started for LaMoure, and it was pretty much a pitchers' duel through four.
Diegel had good stuff, not a lot of power, but could work a curve, change-up, fastball, and slider around the plate. The Owls touched him for one int eh fourth, and teed-off on him in the fifth, and LeMoure brought Roddy Gentzkow in relief.
The Owls teed-off on Gentzkow in the sixth, and the game was called in the bottom of the sixth, 8-0, Nelson County.
Lund picked off two runners at first, both of whom were walks. He got help from his defense, but mostly he just mowed batters down.
(For the rest of the story, see Monday's Valley City Times-Record.)