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Cottage Grove VFW tumbles in River Falls

Scott Harrison flings a pitch toward his catcher during Cottage Grove VFW’s 9-2 loss to River Falls on Wednesday in River Falls. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)1 / 2
Fletcher Fick lays down a bunt during Cottage Grove VFW’s 9-2 loss to River Falls on Wednesday in River Falls. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)2 / 2

The Cottage Grove VFW bats generated plenty of opportunities Wednesday night in River Falls, but it wasn’t able to capitalize enough.

Cottage Grove fell 9-2, despite collected eight hits.

“We didn’t get a lot of back-to-back hits,” VFW coach John McGowan said. “Their pitcher threw pretty hard, but we put the ball in play. We had a couple of base running errors that hurt us a little bit, but we battled.”

Cottage Grove knotted the game up at 1-1 in the third inning as Scott Harrison provided a RBI base knock.

Harrison kept the VFW in the contest for much of the evening with his efforts on the mound. But River Falls was able to string some hits together en route to a four-run fourth inning that blew the contest open.

Still, McGowan was happy with Harrison’s performance.

“He looked good,” McGowan said. “He was on the strike zone. He got squeezed a little bit. That umpire had a smaller strike zone than i think we’re used to, but Scott battled through it and he did just fine.”

The VFW is 4-11 in league play with just a few tilts remaining until the postseason. McGowan said he’s seen both progressions and regressions from his squad throughout the summer.

“We’ve seen some kids make some plays and our pitchers our learning the game and learning what pitches to throw and how to hold runners on and keep them close,” he said. “But then we’re also making some routine mistakes, too. So we’re making progressions, but having setbacks too. But we’re getting better.”

McGowan said the main thing he wants to see from his squad as the season wraps up is less mistakes in the field.

“If we play error-free we’re in every ballgame,” he said. “If we play error-free, we’re good. That’s what I’m looking for.”