WHITEFISH – The Missoula Mavericks passed their first test Wednesday at the Montana/Alberta State AA American Legion baseball tournament at Memorial Park.
Nathan Jewett hit a two-run homer and Riley King was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI as the Mavs scored a first-round victory over the Billings Scarlets.
Missoula (45-25) will face the Billings Royals in a second-round contest at 7 p.m. Thursday after the Royals defeated Glacier 14-2.
In other first-round games, the Western AA top seed Medicine Hat Moose Monarchs beat the Helena Senators 7-1 and the Bozeman Bucks dropped the Great Falls Chargers 11-1.
Missoula 7, Billings Scarlets 6
Missoula jumped on Scarlets starting pitcher Colton Endy in the first inning as Jewett’s two-run bomb gave the Mavs the early lead.
Missoula added three more in the second with the help of a King RBI single.
But the Scarlets rallied to tie it with a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run double by Ian Byorth.
That spelled the end of Mavs starting pitcher Tres Cunningham . He threw four-plus innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Anthony Contonio (3-1) threw four innings in relief of Cunningham and earned the win, surrendering an earned run on two hits and four walks to go along with four strikeouts.
The Mavs pulled ahead for good in the sixth on a wild pitch and an error.
The left-handed King came on to pitch in the ninth and fanned Byorth looking with a runner on second to end it.
Winston Cox doubled and drove in one for the Scarlets, who meet the Glacier Twins in a loser-out game Thursday at noon.
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Colton Endy, Christian Martinson (6) and Nick Funyak. Tres Cunningham, Anthony Contonio (5), Riley King (9) and Slade Heggen. W – Contonio (3-1). L – Endy. S – King (5).
SCARLETS – Myles Berkram 0-3, Kenny Clarin 0-5, Jalen Garcia 0-0, Funyak 1-4, Ian Byorth 1-4, Shelby Zorn 0-3, Martinson 1-3, Gage Hinsz 2-3, Brayden Wickam 1-4, Winston Cox 1-3, Endy 0-1.
MISSOULA – Tanner Rheinschmidt0-4, Contonio0 0-4, King 2-3, Nathan Jewett 1-5, Heggen 1-5, Shane Olson 2-5, Jesson Preston 1-3, Alec Bouchee 2-2, Tanner Maier 0-2.
2B – Byorth, Hinsz, Cox, King. HR – Jewett (3). RBIs – Byorth 3, Cox, Contonio, King, Jewett 2.
Bozeman 11, Great Falls 1
Sam Olson’s complete-game outing on the mound Matt Hape’s bat led the Bozeman Bucks to the victory in the tournament opener, halted in the bottom of the eighth inning due to the 10-run margin rule.
Olson threw all eight frames, allowing a run on four hits and four walks. Olson struck out eight.
Hape paced an 11-hit attack for the Bucks, going 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. Olson singled and drove in three and catcher Nate Lamberty plated a pair.
Great Falls center fielder Jayse McLean was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI.
The Chargers meet the Helena Senators in a loser-out contest slated for Thursday at 9 a.m.
Bozeman faces Medicine Hat in a second-round showdown set for Thursday at 4 p.m.
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Dalton Cook, Kolby Sukut (7) and Justin Pfennigs. Sam Olson and Nate Lamberty. W – Olson. L – Cook.
GREAT FALLS – Anthony Bonilla 2-4, Cayden Napierala 0-3, Scott Held 0-3, Tanner Watson 0-1, Garrett Cornwell 0-21, Destin Wassman 0-3, Sam Wingerter 0-2, Jayse McLean 2-2, Tyler Pfennigs 0-2, J. Pfennigs 0-2, Cook 0-1, Sukut 0-0.
BOZEMAN – Corey Hockett 2-5, Conner Linebarger 1-3, Ean Weaver 1-2, Matt Hape 3-4, Keith Ailes 2-4, Olson 1-3, Jake Ekstrom 0-5, Lamberty 1-5, Isaac Thompson 0-2.
2B – McLean, Linebarger, Hape. RBIs – McLean, Weaver, Hape 3, Ailes, Olson 3, Lamberty 2.
Medicine Hat 7, Helena 1
The Western AA top seed claimed third first-round game after pulling away with a four-run eighth inning.
Andy Scott hit a solo home run for the Monarchs to highlight his 2-for-5 outing and center fielder Justin Becic tripled and had an RBI. Nolan Rattai went 4 for 4 for Medicine Hat and plated one.
Monarchs starting pitcher Konner Lutz earned the win in seven-innings of work. He gave up a run on four hits and five walks. Lutz struck out three.
Center fielder Tristan Shea singled twice for Helena.
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Konner Lutz, Brad Paradis (8), Nolan Rattai (9) and Austin Weisgerber. Ryan Estep, David Lindgren (8) and Daniel Hansen. W – Lutz. L – Estep.
MEDICINE HAT – Braden Goldade 1-4, Cody Florkowski 1-3, Lutz 1-5, Greg Adams 1-5, Andy Scott 2-5, Weisgerber 0-4, Rattai 4-4, Justin Becic 1-4, Tanner Ross 0-2, Jose Calderon 2-2, Paradis 0-0 John Weiss 0-0.
HELENA – Lee Muller 1-3 Troy Arnston 0-4, Ray Schnur 0-5, Hansen 0-4, Cole Andriolo 1-3, Jarin Gassett 0-2, Matt Burgess 1-4, Lindgren 0-3, Tristan Shea 2-4.
3B – Becic. HR – Scott. RBIs – Goldade, Scott, Rattai, Becic, Calderon.
Billings Royals 14, Glacier 2
Tanner Leenknecht was 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs in leading the Eastern AA champs to the win halted after 6 1-2 innings via the 10-run margin rule.
Luke Reinschmidt doubled and drove in three and Konner Weichman had a pair of RBIs for the Royals.
Eli Gunderson tossed a complete game for the Royals. He was tagged for two runs on four hits and a pair of walks. Gunderson fanned four in front of a defense that didn’t commit an error.
Glacier catcher Garrett Houston singled and drove in a run and Jeremy Nielson was 2 for 2.
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Conner Donahue, Corey Davis (3) and Garrett Houston. Eli Gunderson and Nick Scanson. W – Gunderson. L – Donahue.
GLACIER – Jeremy Nielson 2-2, Carl Talsma 0-1, Nick LaGrandeur 0-2, Shgane Marciel 0-1, Peter Seymour 0-3, Houston 1-3, Nathan Carr 0-3, Bryce Wehrli 0-3, Isaac Venezio 0-3, Jake Slaybaugh 1-2.
ROYALS – Joseph Zimmer 3-4, Luke Reinschmidt 1-2, Hunter Kovash 1-4, Chance Ackerman 1-3, Scanson 0-3, Konner Weichman 1-2, Matt Shelhamer 0-3, TJ Jacobs 0-2, Tanner Leenknecht 3-3.
2B – Zimmer, Renschmidt, Leenknecht. RBIs – Seymour, Houston, Zimmer, Reinschmidt 3, Kovash, Ackerman, Scanson, Weichman 2, Leenknecht 2.