NWCART Game 11: Gallatin Valley (MT) 6, Cody (WY) 2

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 9, 2021

NWCART Game 12

Gallatin Valley (MT) 6, Cody (WY) 2

Bo Hays struck out nine in 5.1 innings and also drove in a run as the Outlaws gunned down the Cubs for the third time in four meetings this season on Day 3 of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Montana state champ improved to 3-0 in the tournament and moved into the driver’s seat as the lone unbeaten in the double-elimination championship. This was the first loss for Cody in three tournament games.

Brody Ayers went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Brandon Beedie closed the door with a five-out save for Gallatin Valley (59-21).

The two teams are separated by a drive of only a few hours and faced off three times during the regular season, with the Outlaws winning by double figures in two of the meetings. Then they came all the way to Alaska to battle it out again.

Hays was sensational as he struck out five of the first seven and retired 12 of the first 16 batters he faced. He struck out the side in the first and fifth innings, had a pair in the second and one in the fifth.

Meanwhile, the Gallatin Valley offense came out swinging as Brady Jones singled and Isaac Richardson doubled to open the bottom of the first inning. Then something happened that you don’t see every day – three consecutive sac flies; Cyrus Richardson to right field, Ayers to center field and Hays to left field.

Richardson’s fly ball was dropped by the outfielder but it was hit deep to right field, far enough to easily score the runner from third had the outfielder made the catch. Having a sac fly and error on the same play is like a third-strike wild pitch that allows a runner to reach first.

Baseball can be a funny game sometimes.

Cody wasn’t laughing after an uncharacteristically bad defensive start to the game put them in a big hole early. The Cubs had four errors by the third inning, which extended innings and forced their starting pitcher to rack up a ton more pitches.

Ayers gave Gallatin Valley a 5-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run single, his third RBI of the game and team-leading fourth of the tournament. Ayers singled and scored on Josh Wisecarver’s RBI single in the fourth inning to push the lead to 6-0.

The Wyoming state champions finally got on the board in the fifth inning, thanks to a leadoff double by Chance Moss and a two-out base knock from Tristan Blatt. Tyler Grenz, who had singled, later scored on an error to make it 6-2.

For as rough of a start as the Cubs (47-14) had, they made it interesting at the end, bringing the tying run in the plate in the sixth inning and getting two runners on base in the seventh inning.