The Cody Legion baseball team outhit both its weekend opponents by a combined 53-32, winning three of four games to improve to 38-11 overall.
The Cubs travel to Lovell on Tuesday for two more conference games.
Cody 11, Billings 4
The Cubs got off to a slow start in the first game, but a momentum shift midway through helped them pull away for the 11-4 win.
“We didn’t have a lot of fire at the beginning of the game,”coach Bart Grenz said. “Devyn (Engdahl) was competing on the mound, but we as a group were having a hard time finding a flow.
“When Jack (Schroeder) came in we really seemed to find a rhythm to our play.”
Billings jumped on Cody right away, scoring three runs in the first and one in the second to lead 4-0. The Cubs cut the lead in half in the fourth. Jared Grenz hit a bunt to reach, and Tristan Blatt was hit by a pitch. Grenz scored after Schroeder lined out to center and Blatt on a sac fly by Heston Williams.
In the fifth, Cody Phillips hit a single and scored on a single by Tyler Grenz. Jared Grenz then hit a single and the Cubs took a 5-4 lead on a single by Blatt to left. Schroeder was hit by a pitch and Williams hit a double to right to score two more. All of Cody’s runs in the inning came with two outs.
“We came out flat and not ready to play, and they kept on getting hits,” Schroeder said. “We fired ourselves up. We got momentum and more life in us.”
With two outs again in the sixth, Elijah Leyva walked, Tyler Grenz hit a single and Jared Grenz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Blatt then blasted a shot over the fence in center field for a grand slam.
Cody finished with nine hits. Jared Grenz and Blatt went 2-3, and Tyler Grenz 2-4.
Engdahl started the game, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on four hits. Schroeder earned the win, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing no runs on two hits.
“I threw a lot of strikes and kept them off balance, and I worked with pace,” Schroeder said.
Billings 10, Cody 7
Cody seemed to come out a little sluggish after a rain and lightning delay in the second game and fell to the Blue Jays 10-7.
“We came with not a lot of life and we couldn’t get the bats going,” Schroeder said. “Things just didn’t go our way.”
The Cubs built a 7-6 lead in the game heading into the fifth, but after the 20-minute delay Billings scored four runs and Cody was unable to answer.
Billings scored two to start the game and the Cubs got one back on a walk, single by Tyler Grenz and sac fly by Blatt.
The Blue Jays took a 6-1 lead after the third. In the bottom of the inning Jared Grenz reached on a bunt, then stole second and third. Schroeder walked and both scored on a triple by Engdahl. Engdahl later stole home to make it 6-4. Then the rain came.
In the fourth, Leyva hit a single, Jared Grenz reached on an error and the Cubs pulled within one run on a double by Blatt. A single by Engdahl gave Cody its first lead.
Following the delay, Cody had runners on in the final three innings but couldn’t push anymore runs across.
“Billings seemed to have more energy after the rain delay and was able to score some runs quickly when play resumed,” coach Grenz said. “Offensively we were unable to get the big hit with runners on to keep pushing runs across the plate.”
Cody finished with 11 hits. Blatt went 2-3, and Leyva and Engdahl 2-4.
Tyler Grenz started the game, going 4 innings and giving up six runs on six hits. Ethan Johnston took the loss, giving up three runs on three walks and no hits through 1/3 of an inning. Hayden Bronnenberg pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits.
“Tyler didn’t have his best stuff of the year, but he battled hard and we were able to keep the game close,” coach Grenz said. “Hayden came to the mound late and was able to slow the Blue Jay offense down.”
Cody 9, Sheridan 2
After getting swept earlier this month at home, the Cody Legion baseball team returned the favor Sunday in Sheridan.
“It definitely feels good to sweep them and show them how good we really are,” Max Williams said.
A six-run first inning helped the Cubs pull away in the first game.
Phillips started with a double and Engdahl hit single. One run scored on a single by Jared Grenz and another on a single by Blatt. A double to left by Heston Williams gave Cody a 4-0 lead. Schroeder then hit a single and a fifth run came in on a sac fly by Tyler Grenz. The final run scored on a single by Leyva.
“We wanted to start out hot early and we were able to string hits together,” Max Williams said.
In the fourth Jared Grenz hit a solo home run to left. Singles by Blatt and Tyler Grenz and a walk by Schroeder made it 8-1. Cody’s final run came in the fifth on a solo home run by Blatt.
“They swept us at home, but the kids didn’t let that hurt their competitive spirit at the Sheridan field,” coach Grenz said. “We played really well.”
Sheridan scored a run in the third and in the sixth.
Cody finished with 15 hits. Blatt went 3-3, Phillips and Leyva 2-4, and Engdahl and Tyler Grenz 2-5.
Max Williams earned the win, giving up two runs on six hits through 7 innings.
“I was much sharper on the mound today,” he said. “I just threw strikes and my defense had my back.”
Cody 15, Sheridan 5
Cody racked up 18 hits in the second game to close it out in six innings.
“The second game was similar to the first,” coach Grenz said. “Our kids came out very crisp and full of confidence.”
The Cubs scored in every inning, starting with one run in the first on a double by Phillips and single by Engdahl.
Sheridan took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the inning, but Cody tied the game in the second. Johnston and Bronnenberg hit singles and Leyva a double to score one run. Leyva also scored on a passed ball.
The Cubs took the lead in the third. Jared Grenz hit a single and scored on a wild pitch. Johnston hit a sac fly and the third run came in on an error.
“The momentum definitely continued into the second game because we wanted to keep pounding them while they were down,” Max Williams said. “We had good approaches both games and we were able to get some big hits.”
In the fourth, Phillips, Engdahl and Jared Grenz hit singles, Blatt was hit by a pitch to score a run and Heston Williams grounded into a fielder’s choice to make it 9-3. Johnston hit a double to score another run, Tyler Grenz walked and Leyva hit a single to make it 11-3.
Cody added a run in the fifth on a single by Tyler Grenz. In the sixth, Phillips hit a double and scored on a sac fly. Jared Grenz then hit a double and scored on a single by Blatt.
The Troopers scored their final runs in the fourth and sixth.
Blatt went 3-3, Engdahl 3-4, Johnston 2-3, and Jared Grenz and Phillips 3-5.
Phillips earned the win, giving up five runs on 11 hits through 6 innings.
“Cody really settled in as the game went along and seemed to improve each inning,” coach Grenz said.