However, the multitude of unearned runs ensured that it would be a losing day for the youthful Indians, who started three freshmen and played four in all.
"It's the freshmen,'' Harper said, "but at some point, you've got to quit blaming it on them being freshmen. It's a little ground ball going between your legs. You've got to quit doing that, and I think they will. It's a matter of time.
"Plus, playing every day doesn't leave time for [working on] anything. We haven't jelled together yet, but they will.''
The Greyhounds received two hits apiece from Raeshawn Breckenridge, Drew Jones and Mark Hess and left-hander Arik McGinnis went the distance on a five-hitter, striking out seven and walking three.
The Greyhounds' Cody Winter held the Indians hitless through the first five innings before Sissonville (6-8) struck for six runs in the sixth, helped initially by a walk and an error.
Phillips held Valley to two runs - one each in the sixth and seventh - to secure the win. Joe Eckert went 2 for 4 with an RBI for Valley (8-4), the No. 6 team in Class A.
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