Blue Jays sweep Blue Devils in doubleheader
By Kevin Miller
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Billings Blue Jays swept a conference doubleheader from the Blue Devils on Wednesday in Billings. The Jays won both games by two runs, 8-6 and 6-4.
Glendive fell behind 2-0 after three innings in the opener but a big four-run fourth gave the Devils a 4-2 advantage half way through the contest. Billings answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth and then reclaimed the lead with two more in the fifth. The Blue Devils took the lead back with a pair in the sixth but the home team came right back with a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth.
Coach Brent Diegel used three pitchers in game one. Anthony Berg started on the hill and went five innings. Anthony Lopez relieved Berg and Trevor Berreth followed Lopez. Lopez was tagged with the loss.
Adrian Valenciano and Justin Pizano both drove in two runs for the Blue Devils. Berreth was 2-3 at the plate with an RBI. Lopez was also 2-3.
The Blue Devils and Blue Jays played a couple of scoreless innings in game two before the Jays broke through with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Devils responded with two in the top of the fourth but the Billings squad put up three more in the bottom of the inning to go up 6-2. Glendive rallied in the sixth but they came up two runs short.
Josh Stickel was the starting pitcher for the Blue Devils. Stickel tossed five innings and was charged with the loss. Berreth pitched the sixth in relief of Stickel. McKenzie Gross had a three-RBI game with a pair of hits.
Glendive was at home on Thursday night for a pair of non-conference games with the Williston Keybirds. Williston claimed an 11-5 win in the opener. Complete information on the nightcap was not available.
The Keybirds ran out to a 9-0 lead after three and a half innings. The Blue Devils made a run at the visitors in the fourth and fifth innings. The Devils gave the hometown fans something to cheer about by putting up two runs on the board in the fourth and then three more in the fifth to get with in four at 9-5.
Cooper Knoll had a big two-run single in the fifth for Glendive. With the bases loaded and a full count on him Knoll lined the next pitcher over the shortstop’s head and into left-center field. This brought in the fourth and fifth runs for the Blue Devils.
Richie Franks reached base all four times he came to bat, once on an a Keybird error and then three times via the walk. Franks scored twice for the Blue Devils. Trey Sokoloski, the Glendive first baseman, also scored twice and drew a pair of base on balls. Stickel went 1-4 in the game with an RBI.
Josh Hoffer was the starting pitcher for Glendive. He was relieved by Franks. Lopez then relieved Franks in the seventh.
Friday the Glendive American Legion baseball team was in Miles City for a conference doubleheader with the Mavericks. Sunday the Blue Devils will be back at home for a conference twin bill with the Billings Cardinals. Game times for Sunday are schedule for 3 and 5 p.m.
Blue Devils 000 402 0 - 6 7 5
Blue Jays 011 123 x - 8 8 3
Blue Devils 000 202 0 - 4 5 0
Blue Jays 003 300 x - 6 8 1
Keybirds 103 501 1 - 11
Blue Devils 000 230 0 - 5
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