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July 5, 2012
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Twins AA drop opener in Spokane


Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:19 am

SPOKANE — The Glacier Twins AA got their hits, but couldn’t get past the Billings Royals on Wednesday, losing 4-2 in the opener of the Spokane Wood Bat Classic. 

Billings scored in each of the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead, which turned out to be just enough in a low-scoring defensive battle.


The Twins outhit Billings in the game, getting five runners on base to the Royals’ three, and got runners in scoring position in all but two innings but were only able to cash in twice.

Conner Donahue struck out seven batters and walked just two in the loss. Nick LaGrandeur hit a double and knocked in a run to lead the Twins at the plate.

The Twins continue at the tournament today, playing the Kennewick (Wash.) Bandits. The tournament runs through Saturday.


Royals 4, Twins AA 2



Braydon Bolotas, Spencer Bower (5), Pete Lind (7) and Tanner Leenknecht. Conner Donahue and Jeremy Nielsen. W — Bolotas. L — Donahue. S — Lind.

BILLINGS — Joseph Zimmer 1-4, Hunter Kovash 0-3, Luke Reinschmidt 1-4, Chance Ackerman 0-3, Nick Scanson 0-2, TJ Jacobs 0-2, Matt Shelhamer 0-3, Leenknecht 1-2, Eli Gunderson 0-3.

RBI — Zimmer, Reinschmidt, Leenknecht.

GLACIER — Jeremy Nielsen 1-4, Carl Talsma 1-2, Cory Davis 0-4, Peter Seymour 0-4, Nick LaGrandeur 1-2, Bryce Wehrli 0-3, Isaac Venezio 1-3, Nathan Carr 1-2, Jake Slaybaugh 0-2.

2B — LaGrandeur. RBI — LaGrandeur.


Legion A

Kootenai Valley 11, 

Glacier A 8

Kootenai Valley 11, Glacier A 7

WHITEFISH — The Kootenai Valley Rangers poured on the runs in a two-game sweep of the Glacier Twins A on Wednesday, picking up the doubleheader after it was delayed by rain on Tuesday.

The Rangers trailed 8-5 entering the seventh inning of the opener before racking up six runs in the inning to vault themselves to an 11-8 victory. Ryan Holder went 2 for 5 with four RBIs at the plate, leading a group of four Rangers that finished with at least two RBIs.

“They came up big,” Kootenai Valley coach Brent Holder said. “The kids did a good job of getting on base and they happened to hit in a bunch of runs.”

The Rangers kept it going in the second game, scoring five runs in the first two innings on the way to an 11-7 win. Bryton Guckenberg was the star of the nightcap, knocking in six runs, going 3 for 4 from the plate falling a triple shy of the cycle. Austin Robins knocked in two runs to lead Glacier.


Rangers 11, Twins A 8

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Dalton Smith, Kade Davis (4) and Gallon Sullivan. James Ratzlaff, Austin Robins (7), Robert Reason (7), Nakia Alexander (7) and Zac Darling. W — Davis. L — Ratzlaff. 

Eureka — CJ Henrie 1-3, Bryton Guckenberg 1-4, Ryan Holder 2-5, Kade Davis 1-4, Dalton Smith 2-4, Sullivan 0-5, Nick Rackley 2-3, Mark Good 0-2, Tyler Cummings 0-2, Jamie Soderling 0-0.

2B — Holder, Smith. RBI — Henrie (2), Guckenberg (2), Holder (4), Smith (2).

GLACIER A — Trevor Houston 1-3, Alexander 0-3, Lucas Lee 0-3, Reason 0-2, Darling 1-4, Ryder Hermann 0-1, Ratzlaff 0-2, Branden Maasen 2-4, Kyle Howke 0-1, Logan Blades 1-3, Bret Almos 0-0, Robins 0-2.

RBI — Houston, Alexander, Reason, Darling, Howke, Blades.


Rangers 11, Twins A 7

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Holder, Good (2), Davis (6) and Rackley, Sullivan (2). Maasen, Houston (5) and Darling. W — Good. L — Mason. S — Davis. 

KOOTENAI VALLEY — Henrie 0-4, Guckenberg 3-4, Holder 1-5, Davis 1-5, Smith 1-4, Rackley -0-2, Sullivan 3-3, Good 0-4, Cummings 0-2, Sam Hannay 1-2.

2B — Guckenberg, Smith. HR — Guckenberg. RBI — Guckenberg (6), Davis, Smith, Hannay.

GLACIER — Maasen 0-2, Ratzlaff 1-4, Blades 1-1, Darling 0-1, Robins 1-3, Turgeon 0-3, Hermann 0-3, Chris Joy 0-4, Almos 1-3, Houston 0-1.

RBI — Robins (2), Blades, Darling, Hermann.


Late Tuesday

Mission Valley 1, 

Bitterroot Red Sox 0

Mission Valley 12, 

Bitterroot Red Sox 4

The Mission Valley Mariners A got a pair of key conference wins in a sweep of the Bitterroot Red Sox on Tuesday. 

The Mariners were able to grind out a win in the opener, getting a RBI single from Chris Clary in the first to hang on for a 1-0 win. In the nightcap they got across the plate a lot more, taking advantage of nine errors by the Red Sox to win 12-4. Trevor Zeiler had a double and knocked in two runs for the Mariners.



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Jake Capko and Trevor Zeiler. Dalton Molzhon. W — Molzhon L — Capko.



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Tanner Lehr, Tuff Price (4) and Tucker Lehr. Bradley Pichler and Jack Humphreys. W — Pichler. L — Ta. Lehr.


Mavs finish 6th at Rapid City


RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Class AA Missoula Mavericks fell 4-1 to Rocky Mountain (Colo.) in the fifth-place game Wednesday at the Rapid City Firecracker American Legion baseball tournament .

Rocky Mountain pitcher Carl Stajduhar went the distance in picking up the victory. He allowed 10 hits while fanning three without issuing a walk.

Dane Raber was 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI for Rocky Mountain, which also received single runs driven in by Spencer Ibarra, Stajduhar and Daniel Ciraula.

Alec Bouchee, Riley King, Nathan Jewett and Tanner Maier had two hits apiece for the Mavs, Jewett doubled for Missoula’s lone extra-base hit.

Matt McHugh took the loss on the mound for the Mavs in a four-inning start. He surrendered three runs on 10 hits and two walks.

The Mavs return home to Lindborg-Cregg Field at 3 p.m. Saturday, when they host a conference contest against the Kalispell Lakers.

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Matt McHugh, William Keffeler (5) and Slade Heggen. Carl Stajduhar and Casey Madigan. W – Stajduhar. L – McHugh.

MISSOULA – Tanner Rheinschmidt 0-4, Alec Bouchee 2-4, Riley King 2-4, Shane Olson 0-4, Heggen 1-3, Nathan Jewett 2-3, Anthony Contonio 0-2, Nick Evans 1-3, Tanner Maier 2-2.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN – Spencer Ibarra 1-4, Dane Raber 3-3, Stajduhar 1-3, Cale O’Donnell 1-2, Marcus Bean 0-3, Tyler Stevens 1-3, Trevor Thomas 1-3, Madigan 2-3, Daniel Ciraulaq 2-2.

2B – Jewett Ciraula, Ibarram Raber. RBIs – Maier, Ibarram Raber, Stajduhar, Ciraula.

Bitterroot Bucs 6, Lewis and Clark Tigers 0

At the Spokane wood bat tournament, Riley Phillips threw a complete-game, two-hitter as the Class A Bucs shutout the Spokane-based Tigers.

Phillips struck out 11 and walked three in improving to 8-3.

Kadin Beller was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, including a two-run double in the Bucs’ four-run fifth inning.

Brad Schaff added a two-RBI double in the second for the Bucs.

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Anthony Covalles, Hunter Lee (5) and Tyler Hojnacki, Maiser (5). Riley Phillips and Kadin Beller. W – Phillips (8-3). L – Covalles.

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