Blue Devils go 5-2 at tourney
By Kevin Miller
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Blue Devils had a successful time at the Miles City Mavericks’ American Legion baseball tournament this past week. Despite the rain the Glendive team still got in seven of the eight ballgames they were scheduled to play. Overall the Devils finished 5-2.
The opening game for the local squad was on Thursday with the Billings Angels. The Blue Devils scored all of three of their runs in the 1st inning. They made this hold up in a 3-2 win. The Billings club team scored twice in the 5th.
Richie Franks pitched all seven innings to get the win for Glendive Franks gave up just two hits. Jake Holland was 2-4 at the plate for the Devils with one run driven in.
The second opponent for the Blue Devils on Thursday was a team from Jackson Hole. The game was shortened to just three innings due to rain. The Devils came out on top 3-0.
Friday the Blue Devils played just one game. This time they met up with the Billings Halos, another club team. Again the Glendive boys started quickly by scoring two times in the bottom of the 1st. They would tack on an insurance run in the 3rd in a 3-1 win over the Halos.
Anthony Berg pitched a complete game three-hitter to earn the win for Glendive. Weather again shortened this game. It was called going to the top of the 6th. Gunnar Garpestad had two RBI’s on two hits for the Devils.
Saturday the Blue Devils squared off against Colstrip and then again with the Billings Angels. Glendive outhit the team from Colstrip 8-7 but fell by the final score of 9-6. A nine-run 3rd inning carried the Devils to a 13-2 trouncing of the Angels in their second contest of the day.
Trey Sokoloski had a nice game for the Blue Devils both at the plate and on the mound in the game with Colstrip. Sokoloski had two hits offensively and also pitched three scoreless innings of relief without giving up a hit. Adrian Valenciano hit the Blue Devils’ first homerun of the season in the loss to Colstrip. Chase Knoll started on the hill for Glendive.
Victor Pulse pitched a complete game to get the win over Billings. Pulse gave up two runs on just three hits in a 13-2 win over the Angels. He had plenty of offensive support as his teammates pounded out 18 hits. Berg and Valenciano each had four hits in this contest. Franks went 3-4 at the plate for Glendive. Berg drove in four runs while Valenciano and Franks each drove in two.
The Blue Devils finished up the tourney with two games on Sunday, both against Glasgow. The Blue Devils and Reds first played a B-squad game that the Devils won 10-3. The A-squad teams then played with the Reds coming away with a 7-4 decision over the Devils.
Garpestad pitched a complete game to get credit for the Devils 10-3 triumph. Pulse was 1-3 with two RBIs. Trey Sokoloski also drove in two runs.
Trevor Berreth pitched well against the Reds in the second ballgame with the exception of the 4th inning. Glasgow scored all seven of its runs in the 4th. Glendive had eight hits in the game while Glasgow had six. Coach Brent Diegel, “We outplayed them in all aspects of the game but that 3rd inning got us.”
Valenciano had two hits in three plate appearances.
The Blue Devils got back into conference play on Wednesday when they travelled to Laurel for a doubleheader with the Dodgers. Monday they will travel down to Powell, Wyoming and then they will play the Outlaws in Miles City on Tuesday.
The Glendive American Legion baseball team will return home on Wednesday, July 9 for an Eastern A twinbill with Lewistown. The Blue D
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