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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Blue Devils finish third in Billings Legion tournament

By Eric Killelea

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Glendive American Legion baseball team beat the Billings Cardinals, 5-4, over the weekend to place third at the Buffalo Wild Wings Tournament. With the win, the team improves its overall record of 17-3 and 4-1 in conference.

Playing for the Blue Devils this year are Logan LeProwse, Cade Dockter, Zach Harris, Don Huber, Jack Toomey-Stoner, Trenton Lambert, Avery Holley, Tyler Clapp, Jake Rieger, Paycn Partridge, Jayden Holley, Wyatt Buxbaum, Sean Daniel Taylor and David Skerritt. 

As head coach Brent Diegel tells it, right-handed pitcher Toomey-Stoner “threw well” against the Cardinals. Left-hander Zach Harris relieved the starter and together they allowed seven hits, with their defensive support making only one error over seven innings.

Nine teams played in the Billings-based tournament. Rapid City outplayed the Billings Blue Jays, 6-3, to win the competition for the third consecutive year.

“I personally thought we were one of the top three for sure and we were,” Diegel said. “I would of liked to take a shot at Rapid City because it would have been a good game.”

Last week, the Glendive team entered the tournament scheduled to run between June 8-11. On Thursday, they beat the Billings Cardinals, 14-4, before falling in extra innings to the Hawks from Cheyenne, Wyo., 5-4.

On Friday, the Blue Devils beat Pocatello, Idaho, 13-3.

Tyler Clapp had “a good pitching performance” giving up only four hits, Diegel said. The right-hander is “a fastball and curveball kid” who “throws fairly hard.” 

Clapp’s defensive support had no errors, as the offensive helped carry the team to victory. Logan LeProwse went 2-3 with one RBI. Jayden Holley and Wyatt Buxbaum finished 2-3 with three RBIs each.

But on Saturday, the Blue Devils lost a hardfought game to the Billings Blue Jays, 13-2, in the eighth inning.

Buxbaum started on the mound and let up nine runs, while LeProwse gave up four as the reliever. The pitchers held off the Blue Jays for the most part and teammates helped rack in 10 hits in a game that determined which team would face-off against Rapid City in the tournament championship. The score was 4-6 after two innings, 6-7 after four and tied 12-12 in the seventh.

“We probably pitched and hit well enough to win the game, but four errors really hurt us,” Diegel said. “We lost this game basically because of the errors.”

Glendive is scheduled to play against Sidney on Monday and Colstrip on Tuesday. The team then heads to Billings to compete against the Blue Jays at 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday and then against the Cardinals at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Reach Eric Killelea at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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