Blue Devils take third at MC tourney
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Glendive American Legion baseball team bounced back from a tough week against conference opponents to take third place at the Harry Griffith Tournament in Miles City over the weekend.
The hosting Mavericks took sixth amongst competition Glendive head coach Brent Diegel called “unspectacular.” Great Falls took first and the Billings Halos took second, but the Devils were in the game against the Halos.
Billings Halos 5, Blue Devils 2
The Blue Devils’ struggles with conference foes continued against Billings on Wednesday before they blew away much of the non-conference competition in Miles City. Unearned runs didn’t decide it, but starter Wyatt Buxbaum only allowed three earned through six innings, striking out four and walking two. He also hit two, but scattered just six hits.
Glendive managed just four hits, though. Gunnar Garpestad walked and scored in the third, and Logan LeProwse singled and scored on a sacrifice by Adrian Valenciano. LeProwse was 2-for-3.
Blue Devils 7, Douglas (Wyom.) 0
Glendive started its run for the bronze by blanking Douglas, Wyom. later on Wednesday. The Devils got started in the first, with Garpestad reaching on an error and scoring on a fielder’s choice by LeProwse.
Garpestad singled in the third and scored on a single by LeProwse. Anthony Lopez followed Garpestad with a walk in the third and scored on a sacrifice by Valenciano.
LeProwse singled again in the fifth and scored with Valenciano at the plate again, who later scored. LeProwse was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Taylor Conrad drove in Valenciano with a single in the fifth, and Garpestad scored his third run in the sixth. Lopez followed with his second run of the game.
Blue Devils 4, Sturgis 0
The Blue Devils followed their shutout of Douglas with another of Sturgis, Thursday afternoon. Josh Hoffer allowed just two hits over seven innings of shutout ball. He walked just one and struck out four.
Lopez singled and scored in the third, which would have been enough, but the Devils tacked on two more in the sixth and an insurance run in the seventh.
Cody Rossi finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, and LeProwse was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Valenciano was 3-for-3 at the plate.
Blue Devils 12, Rapid City 0
The Blue Devils got up early to roll Rapid City, Friday morning. With the game starting at 8 a.m., the team had to leave Glendive around 5:30 a.m. The early birds didn’t waste any time, scoring six runs in the first inning and three more in the second.
Cody Rossi pitched four innings of shutout ball despite long half-innings when his offense was batting around.
Blue Devils 14, Riverton (Wyo.) 2
The Devils then rolled Riverton, scoring half of their runs in the first inning. Garpestad was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, Richie Franks was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, and Rossi singled twice, driving in one.
The biggest upside of the tournament was “everybody got to play,” according to Diegel, who also said it was nice to see the team clean it up in the field.
“We played a couple games without committing an error,” he said, but there weren’t many opportunities to make plays in the field either.
Great Falls hosts the State Tournament this year, and although Diegel didn’t get to see them play, he said “they must be pretty good if they beat Billings.” Glendive routed the Halos 15-7 in Billings two weeks ago, so Great Falls is well within reach.
The Glendive B team routed Sidney in a pair of games on Saturday, 16-8 and 21-4. They travel to Williston on Thursday with games at 4 and 7 p.m. The A team visits Glasgow on Wednesday, with games starting at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. before hosting Laurel at 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday.
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