The Glacier Twins A won the hit battle 13-10 on Friday, but couldn't push enough runs across to get the win, instead losing 8-5 in seven innings to The Crew at Post Falls ID.
Vincent Smith had a hot bat for the Glacier Twins A. Vincent went 2-4 and scored one run. He singled in the third inning and tripled in the fifth inning.
Tyler Murphy pitched lights out for the Glacier Twins A. Tyler held The Crew hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two.
Eskridge recorded the win for The Crew even though he allowed five runs over seven innings. He struck out three, walked two and surrendered 13 hits.
The Crew was sparked by Hager and Fritts, who teamed up for seven hits and three RBIs.
Vincent was the game's losing pitcher. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning, walked two, struck out none, and allowed five runs.
The game was never in doubt after the first, as The Crew scored five runs on three doubles, a sacrifice fly by McDuger, and an RBI triple by Hager.
Two runs in the bottom of the third helped the Glacier Twins A close their deficit to 5-2. A passed ball and a groundout by Colten Parker triggered the Glacier Twins A's comeback. Kyler Howke struck out to end the Glacier Twins A threat.
The Crew piled on two more runs in the top of the fourth. A passed ball scored Hager for the inning's first run. That was followed up by Tiffany's single, scoring Eskridge.
A three-run fifth inning helped bring the Glacier Twins A within three. An RBI single by Colten and an RBI single by Jesse Walburn fueled the Glacier Twins A's comeback. The Crew stopped the rally after Eskridge got Colton Gove to.
Tyler racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Glacier Twins A.
East Valley's lineup had no answer for Jesse Walburn. East Valley managed just one hit off of the the Glacier Twins A's pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his three innings of work.
Bailey couldn't get it done on the bump for East Valley, taking a loss. He allowed 12 runs in five innings, walked three and struck out two.
The game's last lead went to the Glacier Twins A thanks to a first inning rally that saw three runs cross the plate on a groundout by Jesse and an RBI single by Tristin.
Libby Loggers 10, Mission Valley Mariners 9
AtHelena, the Loggers used a seven-run surge in the third inning to key their victory in the Class A Cloninger Classic.
Libby trailed 4-1 heading into the third. ButMissionValleystarting pitcher Aaron Rasmussen seemed to run out of steam after holding the Loggers to just a run in the first two frames.
Rasmussen gave up four hits and was victimized by two errors in the Libby third. The big blows in the inning were a Luke Haggerty RBI single and a Ryan Huffman two-RBI double.
Libby led 9-4 heading into the bottom of the third.MissionValleymade things interesting but never could quite get back to even.
Will Reichel paced the Loggers attack with three hits and two runs scored. Zeke Webster led the Mariners with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Dillon Cubs’ Nathan Simkins, left, is tagged out by Butte Miners catcher Nate LeProwse in the first inning of Friday’s Maybelle Arthur Tournament game at Dillon’s Vigilante Park. The Cubs beat the Miners, 5-3.
It seems as if the road to the championship of the Maybelle Arthur Tournament really does go through Dillon.
Not only is the tournament being hosted by the Dillon Cubs American Legion baseball team but the Cubs emerged from the first day of competition as the team to beat.
The Cubs beat the Dillon Miners by a 5-3 score before closing out the day with a 14-4 win over Great Falls in five innings.
The Miners beat the Missoula Pioneers, 12-6, in the first game of the tournament and still have a shot at reaching the championship. They will, however, have to beat Great Falls this morning at 9.
Dillon will play Missoula at 11:30, with the third-place game scheduled for 2 p.m., and the finale at 4:30 p.m.
Dillon got the jump on Butte with five runs in the second inning. Errors contributed to the rally, and Miners starting pitcher Paul Campbell struggled in his 1 1/3 innings of work.
He was replaced by Ty Harney, who not only restored order but didn’t give up a hit to Dillon over the duration of the contest.
“I thought we competed,” Miners coach Jeff LeProwse said. “It was just one bad inning. We’ve played Dillon already five times this year so we’re really familiar with them. We’re 1-4 against them right now. Most of them have been close games.”
Dillon shared the wealth in the second inning, with five players knocking in runs. R.J. Fitzgerald started it off with an RBI-single that scored Caleb Peets. Ethan Tatarka, Eathyn Peterson, Nate Simpkins and M.J. Simkins followed suit to give the Cubs all of the runs they needed.
The Cubs rode the arm of pitcher M.J. Simkins to get past the Miners. He scattered six hits the complete-game (seven innings) victory, with eight strikeouts.
The Miners did their damage in the fifth inning. Nate LeProwse and Dylan Lanahan picked up RBIs in the three-run inning.
“Dillon is tough,” Jeff LeProwse said. “They have a good group of older kids.
“I think early on in the year we weren’t ready to play against them. When we lost to them, we had kids doing track and tennis. I think we’re starting to come together. I think we competed today. It was just one bad inning.”
The Miners had an easier time in their tournament opener against Missoula.
Butte scored four runs in the first inning and were holding a 9-1 lead through three innings. The Pioneers used the middle innings to tack on five runs but the Miners closed the door on the victory with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“I thought we came out really well and hit the ball good,” Jeff LeProwse said. “In the middle of the game we got a little bit lazy and let them come back. We lost our focus a little bit but then we rebounded late. We’ve got to stay a little more consistent.”
Nate LeProwse, Jared Haran and Zach Hart knocked in two runs apiece. Daulton Daum, Colten Billteen, Hart and Jimmy Martz had two hits apiece.
Rand Pritzkan homered for the Pioneers.
Missoula rebounded from its loss to Butte by beating Great Falls, 7-4.
Butte 12, Missoula Pioneers 6
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Jared Haran, Colten Billteen (3) and Nate LeProwse, Ty Harney. Casey Johns and
The Helena Reps kept their unbeaten streak alive in the Cloninger Classic with a dramatic, extra-inning win over Vauxhall in Friday’s last game of the day.
With the game tied at 6 in the bottom of the eighth inning at Kindrick Legion Field, Helena’s Tyler Simonson led off with a single. Jackson Maynard sacrificed him to second base, and then with two out and runners on first and second, Ryan Dorvall’s game-winning single scored Simonson, for the 7-6 victory.
Earlier in the day, the Reps beat Mission Valley, 6-2, and head into today’s action 3-0 in the tourney and 21-8 on the year.
In Helena’s first game, Payton Pappas pitched a four-hitter against the Mariners, and allowed just one earned run.
Keinan Stief swung the big bat for the Reps, with a single and two RBIs. Dorvall was 2-for-3, while Henry Bowers and Ryan Arntson each banged doubles.
In the second contest, the hosts took a 4-0 lead after three frames, only to have the Spurs answer back with five markers of their own in the top of the fourth. Helena went up 6-5 in their half of the inning, but the Canadians then knotted it at 6 to force extra innings.
Henry Bowers started and went four innings before being spelled by Jacob Hatzenbuehler, who registered the win.
Nolan Gilbertson took the loss.
The Reps’ top hitters were Ray Moore (2-for-2, two runs), Jackson Maynard (2-for-3), Keinan Stief (double, three RBIs) and Dorvall (two RBIs).
Jason Wong was 3-for-3 for Vauxhall, with two RBIs.
“We played solid defense in both games today,” Reps skipper Jon Burnett said. “Payton pitched great in game one, and Hatz came on and did a good job in relief in game two.
“I’m very happy with the effort the guys put out.”
Helena will play one of the tourney’s four games today, as they meet Laurel at 5 p.m.
HELENA — Ryan Dorvall 2-3, Reilly Leary 0-0, Eamon Byrne 0-2, Payton Pappas 0-2, Carter Pappas 0-2, Henry Bowers 1-2, Keinan Stief 1-3, Ryan Arntson 1-2, Jackson Maynard 1-3, Caleb Jackson 0-3.
2B — Bowers, Arntson; RBIs - Stief 2, Dorvall, P. Pappas, C. Pappas.
Helena 7, Vauxhall 6 (8 inn.)
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Henry Bowers, Jacob Hatzenbuehler (4); Eric Anderson, Nolan Gilbertson (5). W - Hatzenbuehler, L - Gilbertson.
VAUXHALL — Eric Anderson 0-1, Nick Bolt 1-4, Vance Fode 1-3, Kaden Fujita 0-3, Nolan Gilbertson 1-4, Adam Kress 1-3, Jalen Lane 2-3, Matt Perin 0-4, Jaydon Wandler 2-4, Jason Wong 3-3.
HELENA — Dorvall 1-3, Arntson 1-3, Payton Pappas 1-2, Carter Pappas 1-4, Stief 1-4, Simonson 2-4, Jackson Maynard 2-3, Ray Moore 2-2, Henry Bowers 1-1, Eamon Byrne 0-1, Jacob Hatzenbuehler 0-1, Carter Wald 0-1.
It was a good day at the plate for Helena Reps' Ray Moore. Ray went 2-2 and scored two runs. He singled in the third and fourth innings.
Jacob Hatzenbuehler got the win in relief for Helena Reps. Jacob pitched four innings and allowed one run.
Nolan ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed one run.
Helena Reps jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Ray singled to ignite Helena Reps' offense. A groundout by Eamon Byrne then moved Ray from first to second. The scoreboard lit up again for Helena Reps when Dorvall, Arntson and Pappas scored on a three-run double by Keinan Stief.
Mason O'Donnell carried the Laurel Dodgers to a 6-0 victory over Vauxhall SPurs on Friday at Helena with a strong game at the plate and on the mound.
Mason got on base three times in the game for the Laurel Dodgers. He scored two runs and had one RBI. He singled in the third inning and doubled in the fourth inning.
The Laurel Dodgers' Mason kept Vauxhall SPurs off the scoreboard for all seven innings he was on the bump. He pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out four.
The Laurel Dodgers blew out Vauxhall SPurs thanks to 10 hits, including four extra base hits. The Laurel Dodgers scored three runs in the fourth on the Laurel Dodgers scored in the fourth on an RBI single by Trevor Meier, an RBI double by Mason, and an RBI double by Jake Anderson.
Ryan Marshall took the loss for Vauxhall SPurs. He lasted just five innings, walked five, struck out two, and allowed five runs.
The lead stayed with the Laurel Dodgers after the third, when they scored two runs on an RBI single by Dawson Cortese.
Ryan Dorvall went 2-3, helping Helena Reps to a 6-2 victory over the Mission Valley Mariners on Friday at Helena.
He singled in the second and sixth innings.
Payton Pappas picked up the win for Helena Reps. Payton pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run, four hits and three walks while striking out none.
Zeke Webster-Yaqui couldn't get it done on the mound for the Mission Valley Mariners, taking a loss. He allowed six runs in six innings, walked five and struck out one.
Helena Reps never trailed after scoring six runs in the second on two singles.
One run in the top of the fifth helped the Mission Valley Mariners close their deficit to 6-1. A wild pitch fueled the Mission Valley Mariners' comeback. Helena Reps stopped the rally after Payton got Bransen Krebs to fly out.
One run in the top of the seventh helped the Mission Valley Mariners close their deficit to 6-2. A single by Cole Snyder triggered the Mission Valley Mariners' comeback. The game went final when Zeke.