Powell could not get out of the fourth inning Tuesday and the Cody Legion baseball team took advantage, scoring 16 runs in the frame on its way to a 24-4 victory.
The Cubs also won the nightcap 14-2 in Powell to improve to 5-1 in conference and 28-7 overall.
“We played well in the field, getting the outs that they gave us and we were patient at the plate forcing them to make plays,” Heston Williams said of the sweep.
Cody 24, Powell 4
Cody started the long fourth inning with a pop out, but then Devyn Engdahl and Cody Phillips hit back-to-back doubles to make it 5-2.
“I think it kept the momentum going and we just tried to keep the line moving and not do too much, Engdahl said of the Cubs’ start in the fourth.
After Elijah Leyva walked, Tyler Grenz reached on a dropped third strike. It was a costly error for the Pioneers who got the next batter out on a pop out for two away.
Then Cody really went to work. Tristan Blatt hit a double to score two, Jack Schroeder a single to make it 9-2 and Williams tripled to center.
After Ethan Johnston drew a walk, Engdahl hit a run-scoring single, Phillips walked and two more runs scored on an error. Tyler Grenz then hit a single, followed by a double by Jared Grenz to make it 16-2.
A hit batter and walk loaded the bases and then Williams hit his second triple of the inning to score three. The final run of the inning came in on a single by Johnston in his third plate appearance during the frame.
While the Cubs finished strong, it took them a little while to find an offensive rhythm. After a scoreless first, Cody scored its first two runs in the second. With two outs, Williams hit a single, stole second and scored on a single by Johnston. Engdahl then hit an RBI double.
In the third, again with two outs, the Cubs scored two more thanks to an error, single by Blatt and single by Schroeder.
“(Scoring with two outs) says that we never give up on the inning and keep fighting as long as we can,” Engdahl said.
In the fifth, two errors, two walks, a hit batter and single by Jared Grenz scored four more.
“Offensively we had a lot of really good at bats and I really thought our bats got better as the game went on,” coach Bart Grenz said.
Powell scored two runs in the third and fourth. In the bottom of the fifth with a Pioneer runner on and one out, Jared Grenz caught a fly ball in left and fired it to first base to catch the runner before he could tag up to complete a double play.
“I think it was a great play that you don’t see a lot at this level,” Engdahl said. “It was really great for him to not give up on the play after one out.”
Cody finished with 16 hits. Engdahl went 3-3, Williams 3-4, Jack Schroeder and Tristan Blatt 2-3, Ethan Johnston 2-4 and Jared Grenz 2-5.
Tyler Grenz earned the win, giving up four runs on five hits through 3 1/3 innings.
“Tyler battled on the mound,” coach Grenz said. “He didn’t have his best stuff but I think him and Jack (catcher)worked well pitching to his strengths.”
Hayden Bronnenberg pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed no runs on two hits.
“Hayden came in and looked really sharp in the innings he threw,” coach Grenz said.
Cody 14, Powell 2
Cody carried its momentum into the second game, scoring six runs in the first.
“We just played the game like it was 0-0 because it was a new game and we knew we needed to play the same we did the first game,” Williams said.
Leyva started with a single and Tyler Grenz reached on an error. Levya scored on a wild pitch. After Williams drew a walk, Engdahl hit a triple to make it 4-0. Two more walks and two hit batters scored two additional runs.
“We came out really strong in the second game,” coach Grenz said. “When you can score that many runs it really makes a different in a game.”
Cody scored one run in the second on a single by Bronnenberg, and three in the third on a single by Tyler Grenz and double by Williams.
With Cody up 11-1, Powell scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to extend the game.
In the sixth, the Cubs scored three runs on five walks, a hit batter and sac fly by Bronnenberg.
“We were all patient at the plate, trying to get the pitch we wanted to get base hits throughout both games,” Williams said.
The Cubs had seven hits. Williams went 2-2, Brady Deming 1-1 and Elijah Leyva 1-1.
“It felt good to hit well against them because I’ve been working to see contact and get base hits and it’s paying off,” Williams said.
Blatt earned the win, pitching 4 innings and giving up one run on four hits.
“Tristan looked really sharp in the starting role,” coach Grenz said. “He doesn’t get a lot of starts but he handled it well.
Schroeder went 2 innings and allowed one run on three hits.
“Jack looked good in relief and I was glad he was able to get in some work,” coach Grenz said.
Cubs’ wood bat tourney this weekend
The Cody Legion baseball team hosts the Lions Club Wood Bat Tourney this weekend.
Friday, June 28
• 2 p.m. Laurel v. Powell
• 4:30 p.m. Laurel v. Douglas
•6:30 p.m. Cody v. Gallitin Valley
Saturday, June 29
• 10 a.m. Powell v. Gallitin Valley
•12:30 p.m. Powell v. Douglas
• 4 p.m. Cody v. Laurel
• 6:30 p.m. Cody v. Douglas
Sunday, June 30
• 10 a.m. Douglas v. Gallatin Valley
12:30 p.m. Laurel v. Gallatin Valley
3 p.m. Cody v. Powell