NWCART Game 13: Marsh (ID) 6, Gallatin (MT) 1

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

NWCART Game 13

Marsh Valley (ID) 6, Gallatin Valley (MT) 1

Payton Howe hit a two-run home run, struck out 10 over six innings and combined with reliever Daxton Woodmancy on a no-hitter to keep his team alive in the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Howe pitched 1-2-3 innings in the third, fourth and sixth frames and had three batters reach base on dropped third strikes in the second, fifth and seventh frames. As a result, he was forced to get four outs in the second and fifth.

Nothing seemed to faze him. He was nails, pounding the strike zone and putting up nothing but goose eggs on the scoreboard. In the seventh, with his pitch count climbing, he struck out the first batter but the ball got away from the catcher to allow the runner to reach first. He walked the next two batters to load the bases.

Exit Howe. Enter Woodmancy.

Woodmancy immediately induced a groundball to third baseman Braxton Foster, who fielded the ball, stepped on third and fired a rocket across the diamond to first base to complete the 5-3 double play. A run scored on the play to break up the shutout, but Marsh Valley (39-4) will take a no-hitter, and more importantly, a tournament win to survive elimination.

Marsh Valley will take on Alaska’s lone representative, Wasilla, tomorrow at 12 noon with the winner taking on Gallatin Valley (59-22) in the championship game at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Gallatin Valley received an automatic berth to the final on the strength of its winner’s bracket victory against Cody (WY) earlier in the day between 2-0 teams.

For Marsh Valley, the win over Gallatin Valley extracted a measure of revenge for the Idaho state champs. On Day 1 of the NWCART, the Montana state champs rallied in the seventh inning to shock Marsh Valley.

If Howe wanted payback, he got it big time. In addition to being forced to get extra outs, he wiggled out trouble in the first inning with runners on second and third, and in the fifth when he got out of two-on, one-out jam in the fifth. He also got a nice twisting, turning catch from right fielder Jose Wisecarver in the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, Howe smacked a two-run bomb over the left-field wall. The ball doesn’t necessary carry well in Anchorage, especially when it was raining like tonight, so that tells you that Howe really got a hold of it.