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Montana remains unbeaten in Legion regional

Billings, Mont., did something no other Scarlets team has been able to accomplish in the American Legion AAA Northwest Regionals Friday at Harry & David Field.

With its 10-2 victory over the South Wolverines from Anchorage, Alaska, the two-time Montana state champion won its first two games at a regional tournament for the first time in team history.

Paced by a strong pitching performance from Joe Barta and timely hitting from Ty Gilmore and Jordan Roberts, Billings (47-14) advances to the third round against the only other unbeaten — the host Medford Mustangs. The teams meet at 7 tonight at Harry & David.

Barta blanked the Wolverines on four hits through six innings and held a 2-0 lead. But Anchorage tied the game in the seventh on three hits and two errors.

Then Gilmore and Roberts sparked a five-run outburst in the eighth that gave the Scarlets a comfortable lead.

"It got tight there for a little bit," said Billings coach Adam Hust. "We should have scored more runs sooner and put it away. As long as you stick with it and keep battling, you'll be all right."

Brady Muller singled to open the eighth to begin the Billings rally. Muller moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored the go-ahead run on third baseman John Ryan's throwing error on a grounder by Cole Moller.

Gilmore and Roberts capped the inning with two-out, two-run singles to put the Scarlets in a commanding position.

"We had two pretty good at-bats in a tough situation," said Hust. "Both those guys (Gilmore and Roberts) did the job."

Barta pitched a scoreless eighth and reliever Lucas Blehm blanked the Wolverines in the ninth to close out the game.

"Barta was throwing three pitches for strikes," said Hust. "That's the key is throwing strikes."

Gilmore, who played second and third most of the season before Hust moved the 17-year-old to shortstop for the state tournament, went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored and played flawless in the field.

"He's been flying to the spot and cleaning it up defensively," said Hust. "He's making the plays the shortstop has to make. He does a lot of things well."

Roberts added two hits and three RBIs, and Muller contributed two hits.

For Anchorage (26-9), Sean Holmes was 2-for-2 with one RBI and Cal McKim collected two hits, scored once and provided an RBI.

The Wolverines play Bellevue, Wash., in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today.

montana alaska

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Black cf 5 1 1 1 Ryan 3b 4 0 0 0

Gilmore ss 6 2 3 3 Hlland 2b-ss 4 0 0 0

Grosulak 2b 4 0 1 0 Schierhrn lf 4 0 0 0

Roberts 1b 4 0 2 3 Allred p-2b 4 0 1 0

Muller rf 5 1 2 0 Karnos rf 3 1 1 0

Schrtnbr 3b 2 1 1 0 Archleta 1b 4 0 1 0

Moller c 4 2 1 0 McKim ss-p 4 1 2 1

Endy dh 2 0 0 0 Holmes c 2 0 2 1

Dukart dh 1 1 1 0 Reimer 3 0 1 0

McDonald lf 3 2 1 1 Totals 36 10 12 8 Totals 32 2 8 2

Montana 100 010 053 —10

Alaska 000 000 200 —2

E—Muller, Moller, Ryan. DP—Montana 2, Alaska 1. LOB—Montana 11, Alaska 5. 2B—Black, Grosulak, Roberts. CS—McKim. S—Schrotenboer, Endy. SF—Roberts.

IP H R ER BB SO

Montana

Barta W 8 7 2 1 1 4

Blehm 1 1 0 0 1 0

Alaska

Allred L 72/3 9 5 2 2 2

McKim 1/3 2 3 3 3 0

Holland 1 1 2 2 2 0

WP—Barta, Allred. HBP—by Allred (Schrotenboer), by Holland (Dukat). PB—Holmes. Umpires—Home, Luis Ramirez First, Mik Hendrickson Second, Jerry Eklund Third, Jon Harris. T—2:30. A—300

WYOMING 8, CORVALLIS 4 — Corvallis Richey's Market, the Oregon state champion, was the first team eliminated in the eight-team tournament when Cheyenne, Wyo., rallied in the final two innings.

Shortstop Ty Lain led Cheyenne with three hits and four RBIs.

Lain singled and scored in the eighth to pull Cheyenne into a 4-all tie.

In the ninth, Wyoming (52-15), the winningest team in the tournament, scored four runs on five hits to break the game open. Brandon Nimmo walked with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run. Then Lain delivered a two-run single, and Shay Cheever's RBI single completed the scoring.

Andrew Fanning pitched three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the victory, giving up two hits and striking out three.

Corvallis starter Aaron Corwin limited Cheyenne to three runs on four hits through seven innings. But Corwin faltered late, allowing five runs on four hits in his final 11/3 innings.

Jorden Mossey had two hits and one RBI for Cheyenne, and Nimmo and Ty Svec each scored two runs.

For Corvallis (32-19), shortstop Nathan Williams contributed two hits and two RBIs and Jesse Boustead added two hits.

wyoming corvallis

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Svec rf 3 2 1 0 Corwin p 4 1 1 0

Nimmo cf 3 2 1 1 Boustead lf 5 0 2 0

T. Lain ss 5 1 3 4 McCarthy 1b 5 1 1 0

Pullos lf-3b 4 1 1 0 Williams ss 5 1 2 2

Cheever 1b 5 0 1 1 Sparkes rf 4 0 0 0

Mossey 2b 4 0 2 1 England 3b 5 0 0 0

Fnning 3b-p 4 0 0 1 Sanders c 3 1 1 0

Farrell c 4 1 1 0 Likewise 2b 2 0 1 1

Renner dh-lf 3 1 1 0 Smith cf 3 0 1 1

McVeigh p 0 0 0 0 Totals 35 8 11 8 Totals 36 4 8 4

Wyoming 010 020 014 —8

Corvallis 100 120 000 —4

E—T. Lain, Boustead. DP—Wyoming 1, Corvallis 1. LOB—Wyoming 7, Corvallis 11. 2B—McCarthy, Williams, Smith. SB—Corwin, England. CS—Mossey. S—Pullos.

IP H R ER BB SO

Wyoming

McVeigh 42/3 5 4 4 4 1

Nadon 11/3 1 0 0 0 0

Fanning W 3 2 0 0 1 3

Corvallis

Corwin L 81/3 10 8 8 4 7

Orman 2/3 1 0 0 0 0

WP—McVeigh 2, Corwin. HBP—by Corwin (Nimmo, Renner), by McVeigh (Sanders). Umpires—Home, Jerry Eklund First, Luis Ramirez Second, Kendall Snyder Third, Mik Hendrickson. T—2:42. A—150

WASHINGTON 12, IDAHO 11 — Lakeside Recovery of Bellevue, Wash., rallied from a 6-1 deficit to eliminate the Lewis-Clark Twins from Lewiston, Idaho.

Lakeside scored four runs in the seventh inning to break an 8-all tie. Lewis-Clark came back to cut Bellevue's lead to one run and had the tying run on base with one out in the ninth. But Lakeside pitcher Shane Yarnell got Dustin Kerns to pop up and Kyle Knigge to ground out to end the game.

The Twins capitalized on five walks, two hits, a throwing error and a wild pitch to score six runs in the third inning to take a five-run advantage. Yarnell relieved Bellevue starting pitcher Colin Hering after four runs had scored with one out and runners on second and third.

Yarnell got a force out at home but surrendered an RBI single to Doug Adelsbach and a run-scoring double by Perry Black before striking out Tanner Hollingsworth to end the inning.

In the seventh, Lakeside put together the winning rally with four hits and with four walks. Bellevue got an RBI double from Sean Penberthy and run-scoring singles by Kevon Zadeh, Andrew West and Yarnell.

West paced the Lakeside attack with three hits and three RBIs, while Kyle Sutherland and Penberthy each had three hits and one RBI.

For Lewis-Clark, which finished its season at 35-20, Adelsbach had three hits and one RBI, and Dustin Kerns added two hits and two RBIs. Kasey Knigge and Hollingsworth each provided two hits and scored twice and Kyle Knigge had three RBIs.

washington idaho

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Sommers 2b 3 1 0 0 Hllngswrth cf 5 2 2 0

Hering p 2 0 0 0 Ka.Kngge ss 4 2 2 0

Yarnell p 3 1 1 1 Kerns c 5 2 2 2

Sanelli ss 3 2 1 1 Ky.Kngge 1b 4 1 1 3

Sutherlnd c 5 2 3 1 Rake dh-p 4 1 1 1

Zadeh 1b 4 1 1 1 Hobart rf 3 1 1 1

Pnberthy rf 6 1 3 1 Holley lf 5 1 1 0

King lf 3 1 1 2 Adelsbch 3b 5 1 3 1

Wiper lf 2 0 0 0 Black 2b 5 0 1 1

O'Dnnell 3b 3 2 1 0

West cf 6 1 3 3

Totals 40 12 14 10 Totals 40 11 14 9

Washington 001 304 400 —12

Idaho 006 002 210 —11

E—O'Donnell 2, Holley, Black, Alford. LOB—Washington 16, Idaho 11. 2B—Penberthy 2, Kerns 2, Ky. Knigge, Rake, Holley, Adelsbach, Black. SB—Sanelli, O'Donnell, West. S—Yarnell, Ka. Knigge. SF—Sanelli, King.

IP H R ER BB SO

Washington

Hering 21/3 1 6 6 6 2

Yarnell W 62/3 13 5 4 1 3

Idaho

Alford 52/3 10 8 5 6 7

Rake L 31/3 4 4 4 4 0

WP—Hering, Yarnell, Rake, Alford 4. HBP—by Hering (Ky. Knigge), by Alford (Sutherland), by Rake (Somers). Umpires—Home, Scott Rice First, Kendall Snyder Second, Jon Harris Third, John Black. T—3:12. A—175