LEGION BASEBALL: Northern Lakes wins opener at Missoula tourney
MISSOULA, Mont. — Grant Allaway’s two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 4-all tie, and the Northern Lakes Mountaineers class A team beat the Bitterroot Bucs 18U 6-5 on Thursday at Lindborg-Cregg Memorial Field on the first day of the Missoula Mavericks Tournament.
“It was awesome for him to come through in the right spot,” Northern Lakes coach Bryce Johnson said.
Raiston Ellwood singled and Andrew Horn walked ahead of Allaway’s big hit for Northern Lakes (16-8).
Sam Pemberton hit a two-run single in the third inning for the Mountaineers. Ellwood was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
“Defensively, we did a good job limiting damage,” Johnson said. “That (Bitterroot) team can hit — last year they were playing pinball with the outfield fence. I would not be surprised to see them again Sunday (in the championship game).”
In the sixth, Bitterroot loaded the bases with nobody out. The Bucs scored one, but with out out, Kenny Wells made an over-the-shoulder, diving catch in center field on a ball hit over his head. He threw to second for the double play to end the inning.
Caleb Mason went 3 for 4 and scored twice, and had all three assists at shortstop in the seventh.
“He was lights out,” Johnson said.
Today, Northern Lakes plays Blackfoot at 3 p.m. and the Missoula Mavericks at 6.
NORTHERN LAKES 6, BITTERROOT 5
Bitterroot 010 301 0 — 5 7 2
N. Lakes 202 200 x — 6 8 2
Jay Scaggs and Joey Wheeler; Tadhg Ellwood, Raiston Ellwood (6), Grant Allaway (7) and Jace Cooksey.
HITS: Bit — Hinsdale, Wheeler 2, Combs Jr. 2, Root, Reinhardt. NL — R. Ellwood 2, Mason 3, Allaway, Pemberton, T. Ellwood. 2B — Allaway.
WHITEFISH, Mont. — The Lums AA team scored twice in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game, but the Wildcats of Calgary, Alberta, won it with three in the bottom of the inning on the first day of the Ed Gallo Memorial Tournament at Memorial Field.
Owen Benson doubled in Jesse Brown in the fifth to pull Coeur d’Alene (14-12) within a run, then Ty Shepard singled in Cooper Erickson to tie the game at 5.
Webber Academy answered with three singles and a double in the bottom of the inning to score three runs.
In the first inning, Kyle Bridge singled and Joe DuCoeur homered to put the Lums up 2-0 after three batters.
Coeur d’Alene plays the Miles City Mavericks today at 3:30 p.m. PDT.
WEBBER 8, COEUR d’ALENE 5
Cd’A 300 02 — 5 8 1
Webber 300 23 — 8 12 2
Game called in 5th inning due to tourney time limit.
Jesse Brown, Caden Robinett (5) and Joe DuCoeur; Webber names not available.
HITS: Cd’A — Hall, Bridge, DuCoeur, Brown 2, Benson 2, Shepard. Web — N/A. 2B — Benson. HR — DuCoeur.