ANACONDA – The Bitterroot Bucs scored 23 runs in just four innings to earn a sweep of host Anaconda in Class A American Legion baseball action Saturday.
The Bucs jumped out to an 11-0 lead by the second inning of Game 1, ultimately winning 11-1 in five frames. They then scored 12 runs over the third and fourth frames of Game 2 to win 12-0, also in five.
Shane Thorson led Bitterroot with three RBIs and a double in the first game while Chance Sage added a pair of RBIs.
Anaconda’s Colton Powers knocked in the lone Copperhead run in the early contest.
Bitterroot’s Dylan Gavlak finished with three RBIs and the game’s only extra-base hit – a double – of the Bucs’ 12-0 victory in the nightcap.
Drue McCawley added a pair of RBIs for Bitterroot while Sage struck out two batters to earn the winning decision on the mound.
Bitterroot 11, Anaconda 1
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Anaconda 000 10 – 1 2 1
Noah Baney, Rees LeSoine (3), Drue McCawley (5) and n/a. Tyler Oresman, Cody Forkam (5) and n/a. W – Baney. L – Oresman.
Bitterroot 12, Anaconda 0
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Anaconda 000 00 – 0 5 0
Chance Sage, Liam LeCoure (4), Kadin Beller (5) and n/a. Koadman Morris, Colton Powers (3), Carson Mouer (5) and n/a. W – Sage. L – Morris.
Libby Loggers split with Rocky Mountain Bandits
At Libby, after dropping the first game 6-5 to Rocky Mountain, the Loggers salvaged the split thanks to Oliver Grupenhoff’s bat.
Grupenhoff knocked in five runs while going 3 for 4, including a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning that give the Loggers a 4-2 edge in what became a 15-9 win. He also had a double.
Will Reichel and Erik Lauer each added a pair of RBIs for Libby in Game 2.
Leading 11-8 in the fourth, the Loggers added four runs to add some cushion.
Devon Marra led the Bandits with four RBIs.
Grupenhoff and Cameron Burkes led Libby with two RBIs apiece in the early game. Burkes was the lone Logger with multiple hits as he went 2 for 5.
Brandon Ouillette went 4 for 5 with an RBI to lead Rocky Mountain.
Rocky Mountain 6, Libby 5
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Libby 101 300 00 – 5 6 2
Cedar Kemp, Devon Marra (7) and n/a. Dylon Lane, Collin Johnson (6) and n/a. W – Marra. L – Johnson.
Libby 15, Rocky Mountain 9
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Libby 542 400 x – 15 10 3
Brandon Ouillette, Brandon Bird (3) and n/a. Cameron Burkes, Austin Marshall (5) and n/a. W – Burkes. L – Bird.
Helena sweeps Kalispell
At Helena, Brad Tiefenthaler and Joe Spradlin combined for the Class AA Legion sweep of Kalispell.
Tiefenthaler struck out three and walked one while giving up two earned runs in the Senators’ 4-2 win in Game 1. He also had a double.
Spradlin racked up nine strikeouts against three walks in a three-hitter as Helena won the nightcap 4-1.
Brandon Maassen, Adam Frandsen and Walker Malmin recorded Kalispell’s three hits in the early game. Frandsen and Malmin registered a double and an RBI apiece.
Eric Emanuel went 2 for 2 with three RBIs to lead Helena’s offense.
Maassen, Frandsen and Levi Brenneman had hits for the Lakers in the later game with Frandsen again recording a double.
Justin Rich had Kalispell’s RBI.
The Senators were led by Tristan Shea’s pair of RBIs.
Helena 4, Kalispell 2
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Helena 010 300 x – 4 6 1
W – Brad Tiefenthaler, L – Sam Crompton.
KALISPELL – Brandon Maassen 1-3, Charlie Obermiller 0-3, Levi Brenneman 0-2, Adam Frandsen 1-2, Justin Rich 0-3, Walker Malmin 1-3, Justin Wallace 0-2, Colten Wiley 0-3, Jake Barstow 0-2.
HELENA – Troy Arntson 0-3, Kobe Griffin 0-2, Tiefenthaler 1-2, Nick Wrigg 1-2, Tristan Shea 1-2, Joe Spradlin 0-2, Eric Emanuel 2-2, Colin Volesky 1-3, Kenny Wilson 0-3.
Austin Robins went 2-2, sparking the Glacier Twins A to a 4-0 victory in seven innings over Butte Minors on Saturday.
He singled in the second inning and doubled in the fourth inning.
Jesse Walburn had an impressive outing against Butte Minors' lineup. Butte Minors managed just three hits off of Walburn, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during his five innings of work.
The Glacier Twins A stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring two runs on an RBI single by Austin.
Payton Pappas did his best to change the outcome, but Payton couldn't lead Helena Reps past Kalispell Lakers as Helena Reps lost 6-4 in seven innings on Saturday.
Payton brought the heat against Kalispell Lakers during his outing. Payton held Kalispell Lakers hitless over one inning, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out none.
Logan DeCook got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed four runs over seven innings. He struck out one, walked three and surrendered six hits.
Caleb Jackson was the game's losing pitcher. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, walked three, struck out three, and allowed four runs.
In the bottom of the first, Kalispell Lakers grabbed the early lead, 1-0. Kalispell Lakers got things going when Lukas DeCook singled. A stolen base then moved Lukas from first to second. Leif Ericksen singled, bringing home Lukas.
Kalispell Lakers didn't relinquish the lead after scoring three runs in the third inning when it scored on a fielder's choice.
Two runs in the top of the fourth helped Helena Reps close its deficit to 4-3. and a sacrifice fly by Jackson Maynard gave Helena Reps life. Kalispell Lakers stopped the rally after Logan got Eamon Byrne to fly out.
Kalispell Lakers answered Helena Reps' top inning with two runs of its own in the fourth. Kalispell Lakers scored on a two-run triple by Leif.
One Helena Reps run crossed the plate in the top half of the sixth, making the score 6-4. An RBI double by Jackson Maynard triggered Helena Reps' comeback. Logan ended the inning by getting Henry Bowers to ground out.
Kalispell Lakers falls 15-6 at the hands of Helena Reps
Kalispell Lakers didn't have a chance on Saturday, as Helena Reps won in blowout fashion, 15-6 in seven innings at Kalispell.
Helena Reps scored five runs in the sixth on Helena Reps scored in the sixth on an error, an RBI single by Keinan Stief, a two-run single by Ray Moore, and an RBI single by Jackson Maynard.
Keinan racked up two RBIs on four hits for Helena Reps.
Henry Bowers recorded the win for Helena Reps even though he allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings. Henry struck out two, walked three and gave up two hits.
Helena Reps hammered Kalispell Lakers pitching as six hitters had a field day, combining for 13 hits, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
Leif Ericksen took the loss for Kalispell Lakers. He allowed nine runs in five innings, walked seven and struck out five.
Helena Reps never trailed after scoring two runs in the first on an RBI double by Keinan and an RBI single by Carter Pappas.
Helena Reps built upon its lead with two runs in the second. A error scored Ryan Dorvall to get Helena Reps on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Payton Pappas's single, plating Reilly Leary.
One Helena Reps baserunners came all the way around to score in each of the third, fifth and seventh. In the third, Helena Reps scored on an error, scoring Jackson Maynard.
Helena Reps increased its lead with three runs in the fourth. A single by Ryan Arntson ignited the offense,, bringing home Carter Pappas.
Sterling Lay was charged with the loss. He allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings, walked three and struck out five.
GVO closer Jake Lohrenz put away the final three outs to record the save.
GVO stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the fourth, scoring four runs on two doubles, an error, and an RBI single by Jake Lohrenz.
GVO added two more runs in the top of the sixth. Jake Willard homered to start the inning. That was followed up by Kyler's single, plating Jake Lohrenz.
Livingston braves scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut its deficit to five. An RBI double by Kalvin and a walk by Sheldon Smith gave Livingston braves life. Jake Lohrenz got the last out, as Livingston braves' Tristen Jenkins struck out.