Someone must have sang a lullaby on the Great Falls Electrics bench between games of their conference doubleheader with the Tri-County Cardinals at Don Olson Field Wednesday.
While their bats were alive and hopping in a 9-2 win in the opening game, the bats were taking a game-long nap during a 4-3 loss to the Cards in the nightcap.
Valier product Cooper Hawke pitched a marvelous complete game in the second game, allowing just five Electric hits, including a no-harm, no-foul double to Peyton Mitchell. Hawke walked six and fanned one.
“We had a lot of trouble barreling things up,” Electric coach Ed McNamee said. “Then Kyle Wanner came up in the seventh and got that sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.”
That fly ball broke a 3-3 tie and would prove to be the game-winner, despite the Electrics putting runners on at first and second with one out in the bottom of the seventh, they couldn’t get the tying run across.
“We had several baserunning mistakes as well,” McNamee added. “Those mistakes aren’t as glaring if the game isn’t close.”
Drew Brennan drew the hard-luck defeat, going the distance and striking out 11 Cardinals while allowing seven hits and two walks.
The Electrics’ offense was in full force in the first game, getting 11 hits and taking advantage of seven walks. Joe Maney had a three-run double, and Justyn Martinko drove in two with a two-bagger. Brennan had three hits and scored twice.
The win went to Weston Stalsberg, the first of three Great Falls hurlers. Combined they allowed eight hits, four walks, and struck out seven, including an RBI double to Wanner.
The Electrics (2-2 league, 6-11 overall) will host the Medicine Hat Knights in a doubleheader Saturday at 3 at Don Olson Field, then they’ll entertain the Lethbridge Miners Sunday at 1.
FLORENCE – In a battle of Bitterroot Class A American Legion baseball rivals, the Bucs and Red Sox split a doubleheader Wednesday.
The host Bucs took the opener, 3-2. The Red Sox responded with a win in the second game, 4-3.
The first game was knotted at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. That’s when the Red Sox infield self-destructed as the Bucs’ Brad Schaff lived on a two-out error, advanced on an error and scored on an error.
Bo Zeiler had a solo home run for the hosts. Teammate Noah Baney earned the win on the mound, allowing two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of duty.
The Red Sox turned the tables in the second game thanks to a big four-run uprising on four hits in the top of the fourth inning. Kyle Norman drew a bases-loaded walk to score one run and Tyler Nixon’s one-out base hit scored a pair. Norman later scored what proved to be the game-winner on an infield error.
Tyler Scheffer earned the win on the hill, allowing two runs on four hits while fanning five in six innings.
Alex Draper and Chase Conner each went 2 for 4 for the Red Sox. Dylan Reed was 3 for 4 for the Bucs.
Red Sox 100 100 0 – 2 7 3
Bucs 011 010 x – 3 5 1
Kyle Norman, Tyler Nixon (6) and Austin Ray, Chase Conner (6). Noah Baney, Dylan Gavlak (6) and Kadin Beller. W – Baney. L – Norman.
Red Sox 000 400 0 – 4 7 3
Bucs 000 101 1 – 3 6 4
Tyler Scheffer, Tyler Nixon (6) and Conner. Gavlak, Beller (4) and Beller, Bo Zeiler (4). W – Scheffer. L – Gavlak.
Glacier Twins 3, Libby Loggers 2
At Whitefish, the battle of Class A foes went to the Twins after they jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and stayed in front.
Glacier was led by Colten Parker, who went 3 for 3 with a triple in the second inning and singles in the third and sixth. Austin Robins earned the pitching win, allowing just one earned run on five hits with two walks in six complete innings of work.
After Libby cut its deficit to 2-1 in the top of the third, Glacier scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning. That came on an RBI single by Parker.
Jayce Fagerland went 1-1 as the Glacier Twins A took home a 3-0 victory over Libby Loggers in seven innings at Whitefish on Wednesday.
He singled in the third inning.
AJ Wetsch had an impressive outing against Libby Loggers' lineup. Libby Loggers managed just one hit off of Wetsch, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his 6 1/3 innings of work.
Luke Hoggerty ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just four innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed three runs.
Glacier Twins A closer Tyler Murphy put away the final two outs to record the save.
The lead stayed with the Glacier Twins A after the fourth, when they scored two runs on two doubles.
Libby Loggers wasn't able to overcome the big hole it dug itself into against the Glacier Twins A, and Libby Loggers lost 3-2 to the Glacier Twins A after falling behind by two runs in the second inning.
Libby Loggers scored on a passed ball in the third inning and in the fifth inning. Still, Libby Loggers couldn't catch the Glacier Twins A.
The Glacier Twins A were led by a flawless day at the dish by Colten Parker, who went 3-3 against Libby Loggers' pitching. He tripled in the second inning and singled in the third and sixth innings.
The Glacier Twins A relied on Austin Robins to eat up innings en route to the win. Austin allowed one earned run, five hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings of work.
Dylan Lane was charged with the loss. He lasted just six innings, walked none, struck out two, and allowed three runs.
Glacier Twins A closer Ryle Nahrgang put away the final three outs to record the save.
The Glacier Twins A survived Libby Loggers' surge and put up one run of their own in the third. The Glacier Twins A scored on an RBI single by Colten.