NWCART Game 7: Gallatin Valley (MT) 4, South (AK) 2

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 7, 2021


Gallatin Valley (MT) 4, South (AK) 2

Bo Hays went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and pitched the final inning to close out Brody Ayers' six-inning gem as the Eagles soared to their 58th win of the season on Day 2 of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Hays twice had two-out base hits, first rapping out a two-run single in the first inning to make it 2-0 and then delivering an RBI single in the fifth inning to make it 3-0. He also scored a run and stole a base. And got the save. Bo knows baseball.

Gallatin Valley (58-21) was in complete control thanks to Ayers, who carried a shutout into the sixth inning and racked up 1-2-3 frames in the first, second and fifth. Ayers also made two nice defensive stabs, catching a liner in the second and snatching a sharp comebacker in the fourth. He needed just six pitches to get out of the fifth.

Ayers fanned only three batters in six innings of work but still managed to dominate South batters by inducing pop ups and groundballs. He registered only three flyball outs.

On the other side, Reid Brock bounced back after giving up two runs in the first to throw scoreless frames in the second, third, fourth and sixth. He wasn’t always sharp, but he was good enough to cut through the Gallatin Valley lineup. Brock had to get four outs in the second after a third-strike wild pitch allowed that batter to reach.

His pitching kept South in the game. The problem was run support. Dating back to the state tournament title game, the Wolverines had not scored a run for him in 12 straight innings. But that ended in the sixth after Joey Serra singled and Kaden Bevegni doubled to set the table for Maddux Soland, who hammered a two-run single to get South (30-4) on the scoreboard and cut a four-run deficit in half.

Brock retired six straight before hitting the leadoff batter in the fifth. But that baserunner was wiped away after a beautiful 4-6-3 double play involving second baseman Bevegni, shortstop Soland and first baseman Serra.

Reid also caught a baserunner trying to steal third to end the fifth inning. He finished the postseason with 10 scoreless frames in 13 innings.

Gallatin Valley first baseman Patrick Dietz drove in his team’s fourth run with a two-out single. He also made five unassisted putouts for the Outlaws of Three Forks, Montana, who improved to 2-0 in the double-elimination tournament. This was the first tournament loss for South and only its fourth defeat in 34 games this season.