Blue Devils hand Patriots a pair of losses

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Glendive Blue Devils pounded the Richland County Patriots in a pair of games in Sidney on Sunday, outscoring the home team by a combined score of 28-3 en route to two mercy-rule shortened wins.

Despite the whipping the Blue Devils put on the Patriots, Glendive head coach Brent Diegel tempered excitement over the routs by noting that the squad from Sidney, who are just 3-20 on the season, aren’t the toughest competition this year.

“We did some nice things, but Sidney’s not very good this year,” Diegel said.

That being said, Diegel did offer some praise to his hitters and to his pitching staff, especially to game two starter Tyler Clapp, who took a perfect game into the top of the fifth inning before giving up two singles.

“But we did hit the ball well again and we had a really good pitching performance in the second game,” Diegel said. “The balls we hit were hit hard and we executed well (with runners in scoring position). The last four games we’ve hit really well so hopefully that continues.”

The Blue Devils, now 19-8 after Sunday’s wins, hosted the Williston Oilers at home on Monday night. They next travel to Dickinson for an away series on Tuesday, July 10.

Blue Devils 14,

Richland Co. 0

Glendive starter Tyler Clapp took a perfect game into the final inning before giving up a hit and the visitors exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning as the Blue Devils smacked around the Richland County Patriots for the second straight game Sunday in Sidney.

Clapp was absolutely dominant from the mound, finishing the game by surrendering just a pair of lastinning singles, no runs and no walkouts while striking out seven.

Clapp also started the scoring for the Blue Devils right at the top of the first inning, as he singled into left with two outs to bring home Pacyn Partridge. Then in the top of the third inning, Jake Rieger ripped a two-run triple into right to move the score out to 5-0.

Then in the fourth, the Blue Devils really let loose on the Patriots. Partridge opened the scoring deluge in style with a two-run shot over the right field fence. The Blue Devils then scored their next three runs off a hit batter with bases loaded, then a walk and a sacrifice fly before Cade Dockter stepped up to the plate and parked his own two-run dinger over the fence in left field. Two batters later Partridge stepped up again and doubled this time to bring in another run and give the Blue Devils their final 14-run tally.

Partridge had a monster game, going 3-3 with a homer, double, a walk and 3 RBIs. Rieger also notched 3 RBIs and Dockter and Wyatt Buxbaum each had two apiece.

Blue Devils 14,

Richland Co. 3

The Blue Devils jumped all over the Richland County Patriots right out of the gate in their first game Sunday, cruising to an easy win in five innings.

The visitors were helped along by control issues from the Patriots pitchers, as Glendive scored five runs right at the top of the first inning, with all of those runs coming after there were two outs and the bases were empty. Pacyn Partridge then singled and advanced all the way to third following two wild pitches. An error on the Patriots catcher brought Partridge home for the first run, then Jayden Holley smacked a single which brought home Tyler Clapp, who had walked. Wyatt Buxbaum then singled to drive in Holley, and two more Glendive runners would score off of wild pitches before the Patriots finally ended the inning.

It was more of the same in the top of the second as the Blue Devils plated eight more runs, helped along by more walks and wild pitches as well as a bevy of fielding errors by the home team. Holley and David Skerritt picked up RBI singles in the inning and Trenton Lambert brought home an RBI on a sacrifice fly, but the other five runs in the inning scored as a direct result of Patriots defensive miscues.

Skerritt pitched four solid innings to keep the Patriots at bay, giving up just one earned run on three hits.

Offensively, Holley and Skerritt led the way for the Blue Devils. Holley went 3-4 with 2 RBIs and Skerritt had 3 RBIs while going 2-3 at the plate.