When being asked about the Class A Legion Poll last week, Lewistown coach Scott Sparks said there is no dominant team in the Northern A Division of Montana-Alberta Legion baseball this season, and he hit the nail pretty well on the head.
The Great Falls Electrics got a pair of RBI grounders from catcher Joe Maney Monday afternoon as they downed the Vauxhall Spurs 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader at Don Olson Field.
Vance Fode’s three-run double in the nightcap helped the Spurs gain a split of the league twinbill with a 13-5 victory.
Isaiah Roberts was the catalyst in game one. The port-sider limited the Spurs to only five base hits, all singles, while striking out eight in 42/3innings. Roberts also walked four.
Weston Stalsberg came on in the bottom of the fifth and shut Vauxhall down the rest of the way.
The Volts were limited to just four hits themselves — again, all singles — but they were quite timely as Daniel Bonilla, Dawson Reiman, Tucker Wilke and Justyn Matinko all drove in runs with base hits. The Electrics scored twice in the second, and four times in the fourth.
The second game was quite different, and it only took a three-out span in the top of the seventh as the Spurs hung a nine-spot on the board after the Electrics tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth.
Tucker Wilke led the seven-hit parade for the Electrics with three hits, including the Electrics’ only extra-base hit of the doubledip, a two-bagger, and drove in a run. Roberts added two RBI with a pair of groundouts.
Drew Brennan, the first of four Great Falls hurlers, got one out in the seventh before giving way, but not before surrendering two runs in the frame. He gave up eight hits and walked three while fanning two.
The Electrics, now 11-7 in league and 16-20 overall, are at the Mavs A tourney in Missoula Friday through Sunday.
Butte Miner Colten Billteen smacks a single in the Miners' 13-2 win over the Bozeman Spikes Monday at Copper Mountain Park. (Bill Foley photos)
Dalton Daum hit a three-run home run to highlight Butte’s 18-hit attack, and the Miners rolled to a 13-2 win over the Bozeman Spikes Monday afternoon at Copper Mountain Park.
The game, which was stopped by the 10-run rule after seven innings, started a key stretch when the Miners will play 12 Southern A games in 13 days.
Trey Hoagland went 3 for 4 with a double in the victory. Colten Billteen smacked three singles, and Dylan Lanahan hit a triple and a double in the win. Nate LeProwse, Dylan McDonald and Jared Haran all added doubles.
Daum, LeProwse, Lanahan, Haran, McDonald and Zach Hart each had a two-hit game for the Miners, who improved to 22-18 overall and 8-5 in conference play.
Zach Hart pitched the first five innings for the win Monday.
Butte’s Jimmy Martz struck out the side in the sixth.
Hart pitched the first five innings for the win. Martz struck out the side in the sixth, and Trent Maloney fanned two in the seventh to end the game.
Cody Blood hit a two-run home run to lead the last-place Spikes.
The Miners hit the road to play first-place Gallatin Valley at 5 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Butte boys play host to the Helena Reps in a seven-inning makeup game at Copper Mountain Park.
The Laurel Dodgers beat Richland County 11-6 in seven innings on Monday at Thompson Field -Home behind Daniel Stamper, who collected three hits.
He doubled in the fourth inning and singled in the second and fourth innings.
Jake Anderson had an impressive outing against Richland County's lineup. Richland County managed just two hits off of Anderson, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his 2 2/3 innings of work.
Payden Anderson was charged with the loss. He allowed 11 runs in six innings, walked one and struck out six.
The top of the first saw Richland County take an early lead, 1-0. Kyle Mueller kicked things off for Richland County with a single.
The lead stayed with the Laurel Dodgers after the second, when they scored two runs on a solo home run by Dawson Cortese and an RBI single by Stamper.
The Laurel Dodgers brought home one run in the third inning, and matched that run total in the fifth. In the third, the Laurel Dodgers scored on an error, bringing home Trevor Meier.
The Laurel Dodgers piled on seven more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kade Osborne kicked things off with a double, scoring Stamper.
Five runs in the top of the fifth helped Richland County close its deficit to 10-6. A two-run double by Anderson, an RBI single by Cody Steinbeiser, a hit by pitch, and an RBI single by Adam Wentz fueled Richland County's comeback. Finally, Anderson got Mueller to fly out to end the threat.
The Laurel Dodgers added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. A single by Meier ignited the offense,, scoring Kade Osborne. That was followed up by Panella's double, bringing home Meier and Fisher.