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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blue Devils go 1-3 at Gallatin Valley tourney

“One of our biggest problems was we walked too many guys,” Brent Diegel, Blue Devils head coach

By Kevin Miller

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Blue Devils made their longest road trip of the season when they headed to Three Forks for the Gallatin Valley Outlaws’ tournament this past weekend. The Glendive ball club met up with Deer Lodge and Bitterroot on Friday. On Saturday they had one lone game against the host team. They wrapped up the three-day tournament on Sunday with back to back games with Lewistown and Cody, Wyoming.

Deer Lodge jumped on the Blue Devils early with four runs in the top of the first and then four more in the second to go up 7-0. The Devils fought right back with a six-run inning in the bottom of the second but they did not get closer than the one-run deficit. Deer Lodge went on to win the contest 13-9.

Anthony Berg had a nice game at the plate, going 3-4 with two RBIs. Tai Sokoloski was 2-2 in the game and drove in three runs. Gunnar Garpestad had two hits and drove in two for Glendive.  Richie Franks was the starting pitcher for the Devils.  Victor Pulse and Anthony Lopez pitched in relief.

Glendive had a 2-0 lead after two innings in the game with the Bitterroot Red Sox but let it slip away late. The Red Sox scored seven runs over the final three innings and came away with a 7-2 win over the Blue Devils. 

Jake Holland had two hits in three at bats for the Devils and drove in one of the two Blue Devil runs. Trevor Berreth was the starting pitcher for Glendive and he was tagged with  the loss.

Gallatin Valley and Glendive had a tight game Saturday evening with the home team pulling out a 4-1 victory. The Outlaws scored once in the bottom of the 1st inning and held a 1-0 advantage until the Blue Devils tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth. The Outlaws came right back with three in the bottom of the inning and then held the Blue Devils in the top of the seventh to secure the victory.

Berg pitched a complete game for Glendive, surrendering just two hits over the seven innings. Unfortunately he did not get the run support from his offense. The Blue Devils could only tally three hits of their own. Josh Stickel, Sokoloski and Berreth each had a hit with Berreth driving in the lone run.  Berg struck out nine Outlaw batters but did also walk six. 

Lewistown was the first opponent for Glendive on Sunday. The Red Birds and the Blue Devils scored early and often in this contest.  The game was limited to just four innings due to a time restraint. The Lewistown ball team would claim a 12-7 win over the Devils.

The Red Birds scored three times in the top of the 1st inning and the Blue Devils coming right back with five runs over their own in the bottom of the inning. Lewistown then answered with a three-run third and a four-run fourth to go up 10-5. Glendive picked up its other two runs in the third.

Berg, Pulse and McKenzie Gross had the only hits for Glendive against Lewistown.  Berg and Pulse each drove in a pair of runs. Garpestad started on the hill for the Blue Devils. Cooper Knoll and Lopez pitched in relief.

The Blue Devils came up with a win in their final ballgame of the round-robin tournament. The Glendive squad scored once in the top of the first and then added three more runs in the third to go up 4-0. From here they held on for a 6-2 win over the team from Cody, Wyoming.  

Stickel pitched a complete game seven-hitter to earn the win for the Blue Devils.  Stickel never walked any batters and he recorded seven strikeouts. Berreth was 1-4 at the plate with two RBIs.

Blue Devil coach Brent Diegel noted on the weekend tournament, “We were missing Josh Hoffer and Codi Rossi so we were a little short on arms for pitching.  One of our biggest problems was that we walked too many guys. At the plate we swung it well at times. Last year we were 4-1 at this tournament and this year we finished just 1-4.” 

Deer Lodge    342 301 0    -    13 15  0

Blue Devils     060 100 2    -     9   8  1


Bitterroot        000 031 3    -     7 10  1

Blue Devils    020 000 0    -     2   7  3


Blue Devils      000 001 0    -     1  3  1

Gallatin Valley 100 003 x    -     4  2  1


Lewistown        334 2        -    12  6  3

Blue Devils      502 0        -      7  3  1


Blue Devils    103 020 0    -     6  6  2

Cody              000 200 0    -     2  7  2

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