Harwood Takes Two

Valley City Legion played two last night, facing the Harwood Hogs at Charlie Brown Field. Throwing errors were the decided difference in the outcome.
Valley City went up in the first inning 3-0. A double from Hog Matt Dufner prompted a two-out Hog rally in the top of the second pushing two across the plate. Valley City was three-up, three-down in the bottom of the second.
Both pitchers settled down some in the third, with Hog Ethan Becker getting some good help from his defense, particularly Austin Becker making a running, diving catch in left. Ethan picked up the third out on a self-defense catch of a liner back to the mound.
Chase Carpenter was on the rubber for Valley City, and was working his curve ball pretty well. He had some control issues up high with the heat, but did good work with the curve.
A bases loaded E3 on a hard hop--and no outs--on the infield fringe plated two, and a passed-ball to the backstop plated two more in the top of the fourth. Carpenter got a fly and and pop up to get out of the top of the inning. But again Valley City went three-up, three-down.
Harwood put together another series of hits in their half of the fifth, but Valley City couldn't answer, and the score after five was 9-3, Harwood.
Becker kept good control slinging sidearm, and the batters kept finding holes while Valley City found gloves. Austin Meyer came in as relief in the fifth, Carpenter to second, and Jacob Miller was back behind the plate, after taking a ball to the face less than two weeks ago.
Valley City put together a small rally in the bottom of the sixth, making it 9-6, but Harwood added three more in the top of the seventh.
Harwood took the first game 12-6. The Hogs had 13 hits, and two errors, Valley City eight hits, and four errors.
Game two was a pitchers dual. Spencer Meyer was on the rubber for Valley City, and Jordan Panisch for Harwood. It was a one-hit game going into the third, and a one-out single by Hog Ethan Becker turned into the first run of the game because of a missed pickoff throw sending him to third, and then a sac fly bringing him home.
Spencer's fastball was hot and low last night, and he was working a good cutter, and a knuckler. Panisch had a tight curve, a fastball, a slider, and a good move and throw to first. He was relieved in the fourth by Ben Godberry, who had a tight, knee-buckling curve, some good heat, and a slider.
Valley City tied the game in the bottom of the third on Miller's RBI single.
Each pitcher had a three-hitter going at the end of four, but in the fifth, another missed pickoff through set the stage for a two-run Hog inning. Valley City couldn't come up with the runs in the bottom, and the Harwood Hogs took game two 3-1.