WHITEFISH – The Class A Missoula Mavericks swept a pair of American Legion baseball games from the Glacier Twins on Monday, winning 18-1 and 12-2.
Both games were stopped after five innings via the 10-run margin rule.
Connor McKillop was 2 for 2 with four RBIs in the opener. Trevor Dickey was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.
Tony Hilliard scattered six hits to even his record at 4-4.
McKillop was 2 for 2 with a triple and two runs scored in the nightcap. Jakob Bierig was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.
Kiel Stephens took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and improved to 1-3 on the season.
Missoula, 4-14 in conference, 25-31 overall, hosts the Bitterroot Red Sox for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Lindborg-Cregg Field. They will be Missoula’s final league games of the regular season.
Missoula 18, Glacier 1
Missoula 500 (11)2 – 18 11 0
Glacier 100 0 0 – 1 6 5
Tony Hilliard and Ian Descamps. Robert Reager, Logan Blades (4) and Zach Darling. W – Hilliard (4-4). L – Reager.
Missoula 12, Glacier 2
Missoula 025 05 – 5 8 4
Glacier 000 02 – 2 2 4
Kiel Stephens and Walker Kay. Brandon Massery, Bret Almof (5) and Austin Robins. W – Stephens (1-3). L – Massery.
Bucs sweep Red Sox
At Florence, the Bitterroot Bucs took both halves of a Western A doubleheader from the Bitterroot Red Sox, winning the opener 15-5 in six innings and the nightcap 7-6.
Sage Hansen was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Tyler Thorsen was 2 for 3 with an RBI double for the Bucs in the opener.
Riley Phillips went the distance for the win. He walked four and struck out eight.
Chris Combs was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Steven Trautwein had a two-run single for the Red Sox.
After a Trevor Zeiler fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh tied the second game at 6-6, Austin Nogle put down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored Brad Schaff with the winning run.
Kadin Beller was 3 for 3 with a home and Nogle finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs for the Bucs.
Jackson Olson had an RBI double for the Bucs.
The Bucs, 34-21, host the league-leading Mission Valley Mariners on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Red Sox travel to Missoula on Tuesday for a twin bill at 5 p.m.
Bucs 15, Red Sox 5
Red Sox 030 200 – 5 10 5
Bucs 321 414 – 15 15 1
Kody Lane, Nathan Loranger (4), Kyle Crossman (4), Tuff Price (6) and Trevor Zeiler. Riley Phillips and Kadin Beller. W – Phillips (9-3). L – Lane.
Bucs 7, Red Sox 6
Red Sox 023 000 1 – 6 7 7
Bucs 032 010 1 – 7 10 3
Tuff Price, David McCoy (7), Jake Capko (7) and Zeiler. Brad Schaff and Beller. W – Schaff (8-3). L – McCoy.
Great Falls 19, Glacier 2
At Whitefish, Sam Wingerter went 4 for 6 with four RBIs to lead the Great Falls Chargers past the Glacier Twins in a Class AA game.
The game was halted after seven innings by the 10-run margin rule.
Great Falls banged out 22 hits in all. Glacier managed just three.
Great Falls 167 311 0 – 19 22 1
Glacier 000 110 0 – 2 3 2
W–D. Cook. L–Garrett Houston.
GREAT FALLS – A. Bonilla 3-5, C. Napierala 3-6, S. Held 3-5, T. Watson 2-3, D. Wassmann 1-1, S. Wingerter 4-6, J. McLean 2-5, T. Pfennings 2-4, J. Pfennings 1-5, D. Powell 0-3, T. Patterson 1-1.
GLACIER – Jeremy Nielsen 0-4, Carl Talsma 0-2, Cory Davis 0-1, Peter Seymour 1-3, Isaac Venezio 0-2, Nathan Carr 0-3, Shane Marcial 0-2, Nick LaGrandeur 1-3, Jake Slaybaugh 0-2, Bryce Wehrli 0-0, Conner Donahue 1-1.
2B–Napierala, Wingerter. 3B–Held. RBIs–Napierala 2, Held 3, Watson 3, Wassmann, Wingerter 4, McLean 2, T. Pfennings 2, J. Pfennings, Patterson.
Mavs snap out of funk with win over Medicine Hat
If there was one American Legion baseball team in the country that desperately needed a win, it was the Class AA Missoula Mavericks.
After going 3-7 in their last 10 games and dropping a pair of Western Division contests the previous two days, the Mavs broke out of their funk Monday afternoon with a 14-8 league win over the Medicine Hat Moose Monarchs at Lindborg-Cregg Field.
Missoula (11-3 in conference, 35-20 overall) looked to be continuing its struggles early on. The Mavs fell behind 5-1 after the Monarchs put up a four-spot in the third inning with the help of a two-run single by catcher Austin Weisgerber.
Medicine Hat seemed poised to add to its lead in the top of the fourth as Konner Lutz smacked a two-out single to right with Greg Adams on second.
But Maverick right fielder Alec Bouchee fielded it cleanly and threw a dart to first baseman Shane Olson, who fired a perfect relay throw to catcher Slade Heggen that nailed Adams at the plate for the final out of the inning.
That brought the Mavs to life as they responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by a three-run double by outfielder Tanner Rheinschmidt, then tallied seven more in the fifth.
“We were on the ropes,” said Missoula manager Brent Hathaway. “We’re playing a huge conference game and we couldn’t afford to make mistakes. All of a sudden we hadn’t been hitting and hadn’t been scoring runs. But we put up double digits today and we hit the ball well.”
Missoula’s 15-hit effort was paced by third baseman Nathan Jewett, who was 4 for 5 with a double, his second home run of the season and a pair of RBIs. Mavs catcher Slade Heggen was 3 for 5 with a triple, Rheinschmidt finished with four driven in and Riley King was 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
“I just kind of get a feeling that today we took a step in the right direction,” Hathaway said. “We found ourselves and got an appreciation for what it takes to win a game. And we’re not taking that for granted.”
Starter Josh Meader improved to 5-1 despite scattering 11 hits over his 5 2-3 innings on the mound. He allowed eight earned runs, walked one and struck out two.
King, a lefty fireballer, came on in relief of Anthony Contonio in the eighth and kept the Monarchs scoreless over the final 1 2-3 frames. He walked one, fanned one, didn’t allow a base hit and induced a game-ending double-play ball off the bat of Braden Goldade.
Medicine Hat shortstop Cody Florkowski was 4 for 5 and Weisgerber was 2 for 4 with four RBIs.
“It’s a huge win for us today,” Hathaway said. “We had to get one win here after not taking advantage of the opportunities that were presented to us yesterday. But we’ve got a tough road ahead of us with a remaining schedule that’s mostly on the road, including a five-day swing in Canada. But today we did what we needed to do to get the job done.”
Medicine Hat 104 002 010 – 8 14 4
Missoula 010 571 00x – 14 15 2
Konner Lutz, Braden Goldade (5), Nolan Rattai (6) and Austin Weisgerber. Josh Meader, Anthony Contonio (6), Riley King (8) and Slade Heggen. W – Maeder (5-1). L – Lutz.
MEDICINE HAT – Cody Florkowski 4-5, Goldade 1-5, Greg Adams 2-3, Lutz 3-3, Weisgerber 2-4, Andy Scott 0-4, Rattai 1-4, John Weiss 0-0, Austin Schibler 1-2, Justin Becic 0-2, Kurtis Cridland 0-1, Tanner Ross 0-4.
MISSOULA – Tanner Rheinschmidt 1-4, Alec Bouchee 0-4, King 2-4, Shane Olson 2-4, Heggen 3-5, Matt McHugh 1-3, Tres Cunningham 0-1, Nathan Jewett 4-5, Nick Evans 2-5, Tanner Maier 0-2.
2B – Weisgerber, Rattai8, Rheinschmidt, Jewett. 3B – Adams, Heggen. HR – Jewett (2). RBIs – Adams 2, Weisgerber 4, Rattai, Schibler, Rheinschmidt 4, King 3, Olson 2, McHugh 2, Jewett 2.