Friday, August 1, 2014

Blue Devils catcher MacKenzie Gross tags out Sidney's Hunter Severson in a play at home plate during an American Legion baseball game held in Sidney on Wednesday. The Blue Devils played six games in four days, going 1-5 during their first six games of conference play.

Blue Devils begin conference season with six games in a week

By Kevin Miller

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Blue Devils kicked off their conference scheduled this week with six games in four days. The Glendive American Legion baseball squad began the conference schedule when they hosted the Glasgow Reds for a doubleheader on Sunday. The Blue Devils and Reds then met up in Glasgow on Monday for another pair of games. The busy week continued for the Devils on Wednesday when they travelled up to Sidney for two more ballgames against the Patriots.

The Blue Devils and the Reds had two very close contests out at Meissner Field on Sunday afternoon. Glasgow claimed a 4-2 win in the opener and then came away with a 3-2 decision in the second game.

Glendive scored a run in the second inning and then tagged on another in the third to go up 2-0 in the first game on Sunday. Glasgow answered with one run in the top of the fourth then tied the game in the sixth. The Reds then plated two in the seventh and held on for the two-run win. Anthony Berg pitched for the Blue Devils and suffered the loss. Anthony Lopez went 2-4 at the plate for Glendive.

The Reds scored a run in both the third and the fourth to go up 2-0 in the second game out at Meissner Field.  The Devils came right back with a pair in their half of the fourth to tie the game. The winning run for the visitors would come in the top of the fifth. Josh Hoffer went the distance on the mound for Glendive. Berg had two hits in four plate appearances for the Blue Devils.

Glasgow crushed the Glendive squad in the two games on Monday. The home team exploded for a six-run third inning in the first of the two games in Glasgow. From here they went on to defeat the Blue Devils 11-1. The Reds opened up an 8-0 lead after just three innings in the final contest. The Devils came back with a three-run fourth but the Reds had too much offense. Glasgow closed out the game in just five innings with a 13-3 decision over the Blue Devils.

Cody Rossi started on the hill for Glendive in the first game in Glasgow. Richie Franks pitched in relief.  Berg and Josh Stickel were both 2-3 in this one for the Devils. Haydn Pettersen and Victor Pulse pitched in the final game for Glendive. MacKenzie Gross had two hits in two plate appearances for the Blue Devils.

The first conference win for the Blue Devils came on Wednesday in Sidney. The Patriots were up 2-1 until the Devils scored twice in the 5th to go up 3-2. They would add two more to the board in the 6th and then hold on for a 5-2 triumph. Trevor Berreth went the distance on the mound to secure the win for Glendive. Berreth got most of his offensive support from Stickel, Lopez, Tai Sokoloski and Justin Pizano. These four Blue Devils each had a pair of hits in the seven-inning contest.

It looked like Glendive would get the doubleheader sweep in Sidney but the Patriots rallied to pull off an 9-8 decision. A three-run fifth had given the Blue Devils an 8-3 lead. The Patriots’ rally began in the bottom of the 5th when they scored three times. They then put up another 3-spot in the sixth and shutdown the Devils in the seventh giving the home team the one-run victory.

The Blue Devils actually out hit the Patriots in the final game. The Devils had 12 hits in the contest to only four for the Sidney squad.  However, five costly errors did in the Glendive players.  Franks began the game on the hill for Glendive with Gunnar Garpstad pitching in relief. Lopez was 3-5 at the plate for the Blue Devils.  Pulse was 2-3.

Saturday the Blue Devils will host the Billings Blue Jays for a conference doubleheader. Game times are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday they will travel to Dickinson for another twin bill.

 
Get the conference results in the Sunday, June 8, 2014 print issue of the Ranger-Review.

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