WHITEFISH — AJ Wetsch doubled and drove in a run and Austin Robins pitched the final five innings as the Glacier Twins A defeated the Kalispell Lakers A 7-4 in American Legion conference baseball action Thursday evening at Memorial Field.
Glacier held a 4-3 lead after four innings, but tallied three runs in the fifth to pull away.
Wetsch finished with two hits.
Robins walked just two batters and fanned seven. He allowed three hits.
Leif Ericksen and Tiler Whiteaker both had two hits each for Kalispell. Whiteaker had the team’s lone extra-base hit with a double.
The Twins (27-18-1) host the Havre Northstars in doubleheader action today beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Lakers close out regular-season play on Saturday hosting the Twins for a single game beginning at 7 p.m.
The District Tournament follows in Kalispell July 23-26.
MISSOULA — Missoula broke a 2-all tie with four runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning and added three more in the eighth to claim the AA conference victory.
Levi Brenneman had three of Kalispell’s 11 hits in the contest. Charlie Obermiller and Walker Malmin had two each.
Brenneman and Colten Wiley had doubles for the Lakers.
Kalispell entertains Missoula on Saturday for a single game beginning at 3 p.m.
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Missoula 002 040 03x — 9 11 2
Sam Crompton, Walker Malmin (4) and Adam Frandsen. Austin Bohnsack, Travis Zander (8) and Slade Heggen. W - Bohnsack. L - Crompton.
KALISPELL — Brandon Maasen 0-4, Justin Rich 0-1, Levi Brenneman 3-5, Charlie Obermiller 2-4, Adam Frandsen 1-3, Andy Bemis 1-4, Walker Malmin 2-4, Brett Thomas 1-4, Colten Wiley 1-4, Justin Wallace 0-4.
MISSOULA — Slade Heggen 0-4, Jesson Preston 0-2, Shane Olson 0-4, Travis Zander 1-1, Josh Meader 1-4, Matt McHugh 3-4, Anthony Hilliard 1-4, Tanner Rheinschmidt 2-4, Jackson King 1-3, Jakob Bierig 2-4.
2B - Wiley, Frandsen, Bierig.
Sixth-run first lifts Miners past Braves
Updated: July 17, 2014
Dylan Lanahan hit a two-run single to kick start a six-run first inning Thursday, and the Butte Miners held on to beat the Livingston Braves 11-9 in a nine-innig Southern A game at Copper Mountain Park.
The Miners lead 8-1 before the Braves battled back with a six-run fourth inning. Relief pitcher Trey Hoagland and the Miners, tough, were able to hold on for a win that lifted their record to 12-9 in conference and 26-22 overall.
Jarad Haran went 4 for 5 with to doubles and two RBIs to lead the Miners’ 12-hit attack.
Tristan Frey hit a double and as single and drove in two runs, while Zach Hart hit two singles. Also, Dalton Daum, Colten Billteen and Dyalan McDonald hit singles for the Miners.
Buck Spallone, Sterling Lay and John Becker doubled to lead the Braves.
The Miners are back in action Friday when they continue Tuesday’s rain-dlayed doubleheader in Helena against the Reps. The Miners are trailing 7-3 in the fourth inning of Game 1.
The resumption of the twin bill will begin at 4 p.m. at a Babe Ruth Field in Helena. Kindrick Legion Park is unavailable because of a Pioneer League game.
Lay took the loss for the Livingston Braves. He allowed 10 runs in seven innings, walked three and struck out five.
The game's last lead went to Butte Miners thanks to a first inning rally that saw six runs cross the plate on an RBI double by Fry, two ground outs, and two singles.
It didn't take long for Butte Miners to answer as it scored two runs of its own in the third. Butte Miners scored on an RBI single by Colten Billteen and an RBI single by Fry.
Six runs in the top of the fourth helped the Livingston Braves close their deficit to 8-7. A walk by Brock Peterson, a walk by Sheldon Smith, a fielder's choice, an RBI single by Lay, and a two-run double by Buck Spallone sparked the Livingston Braves' rally. Finally, Trey Hoagland got Mitch King to strike out to end the threat.
Butte Miners scored one run in each of the fourth, fifth and eighth. In the fourth, Butte Miners scored on an error, scoring Zach Hart.
After pushing across two runs in the top of the eighth, the Livingston Braves faced just a 10-9 deficit. A two-run single by Spallone gave the Livingston Braves life. King struck out to end the Livingston Braves threat.