NWCART Game 1: Gallatin (MT) 7, Marsh (ID) 6

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 6, 2021


Gallatin Valley (MT) 7, Marsh Valley (ID) 6

Brody Ayers drove in Isaac Richardson with the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Outlaws capped a four-run rally on a walk-off on Day 1 of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Gallatin Valley, of Three Forks, Montana, posted its 57th win of the season after coming back from a 6-3 deficit in the final inning highlighted by RBIs from Trevor Dodd, Richardson and Ayers. Dodd’s single made it 6-4, Richardson’s single made it 6-5 and Dodd tied the game 6-6 on a wild pitch.

The loss spoiled a strong performance by Marsh Valley (36-4), which led the entire game.

Braxston Foster had three RBIs by the third inning on a two-run single in the first and a two-base sac fly in the third. The two-base sac fly happened after the left fielder made a beautiful sliding catch near the fence and base runner Karter Howell tagged from second and kept running all the way home after the outfielder held onto the ball, like maybe he thought it was the third out.

That third inning was all about the Howells – Stanton Howell laid down a beautiful squeeze bunt to score James Bodily from third base to make it 3-0. Then Karter Howell walks and later scored with heads up base runner.

Stanton Howell also pitched three innings of lights-out relief over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. At one point he had 35 strikes on 42 pitches with five Ks for the Eagles of Arimo, Idaho.

Bodily went 3-for-4 for Marsh Valley with a triple and three runs scored. He singled and scored in the first inning, tripled and scored in the third inning and singled and scored in the seventh inning.

His final run came on a Dylan Driessen bases-loaded HBP that gave Marsh Valley a three-run lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

Patrick Deitz got the party started with a leadoff walk. Brandon Beedie reached on an error. Dodd singled to make it 6-4. After an out, Richardson singled to make it 6-5. Then Dodd scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

With two outs, Ayers came to the plate and banged one up the middle to give Gallatin Valley an improbable victory that moved the Outlaws (57-21) into the winner’s bracket.

Richardson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Brady Jones was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Mayson Shively pitched six innings and Josh Majors threw the final frame.