Rain shortened the Gallatin Valley tournament in Three Forks, Mont., but the Cody Legion baseball team won the three games it played during the weekend to finish tied for first with the host team.
The Cubs defeated Lewistown, Dillon and Bitterroot to improve to 17-3 overall.
“Finishing undefeated feels good,” senior Elijah Leyva said. “I don’t think we expected anything different. We went to Three Forks with the mindset that we were going to take care of business in every game. Everyone did a job that helped the team succeed in every game to put us in a position to win.”
Cody 18, Lewistown 10
It took extra innings, but the Cubs pulled away in the eighth with eight runs to earn the win in its opener Saturday morning.
With one out in the eighth inning and a runner on second, Tristan Blatt was hit by a pitch and Heston Williams hit a double to score two runs.
Six more runs came in thanks to two walks, singles by Max Williams, Leyva and Tyler Grenz and a triple by Jared Grenz.
“We kept on getting guys on base and hitting each other in to score runs, we refused to lose that game and battled to the end,” Leyva said.
Lewistown took the early lead, scoring six runs in the first on seven hits.
“We came out slow against Lewistown,”coach Bart Grenz said. “We didn’t seem to have a lot of fire and acted groggy.”
In the second, the Cubs closed the gap with five runs. Blatt and Heston Williams both had singles during the inning.
“When they took the lead there was plenty of game left and we knew that, so we just kept battling,” Max Williams said.
The Redbirds were up 9-5 after the fifth, but in the sixth Cody took advantage of five walks and a double by Tyler Grenz to score three runs.
In the top of the seventh the Cubs took a 10-9 lead on a double by Leyva. Lewistown tied the game in the bottom of the inning before Cody pulled away in the eighth.
“We started out cold but began to pick it up,” Leyva said. “We never gave up no matter what the score was and battled back until the final inning. Then just getting ahead and scoring so many runs in that extra inning and holding them to win the game was really fun.”
At the plate the Cubs finished with 11 hits. Leyva went 3-4, Max Williams 2-3, Jared Grenz 2-5 and Tyler Grenz 2-6.
Hayden Bronnenberg earned the win, giving up one run on two hits through 3 innings. Schroeder started the game, going 3 1/3 innings and giving up eight runs on 10 hits. Cody Phillips pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits.
Cody 9, Dillon 1
In their second game of the day the Cubs scored in all but one inning to win 9-1.
“We talked about scoring in every inning in practice before we came to Three Forks and needing lead offs (first batters) to get on every inning so we have a higher and better chance at scoring and we did that very well,” Leyva said.
With the bases loaded in the first the Cubs scored two runs on an error. After adding a run in the second, Cody scored five in the third on three walks, a hit batter, double by Schroeder and singles by Leyva and Jared Grenz.
A single by Blatt in the fifth made it 9-0.
“Against Dillon I thought our defense was solid,” Leyva said. “Heston (Williams) was pitching strong and our defense backing him up every play. We were talking and making sure what was going on at all times so when the time came to make a play, we knew where to go with the ball.”
Dillon’s lone run came in the bottom of the inning on a home run.
At the plate Leyva went 3-4, with four others scoring singles.
Heston Williams earned the win, giving up one run on two hits and striking out nine through five innings.
“Heston went out and looked overpowering,” coach Grenz said. “That set the tone for the game.”
Cody 7, Bitterroot 4
In their lone game Sunday, the Cubs won 7-4.
“I felt like we played our most competitive game against Bitterroot,” coach Grenz said. “Our kids seemed to have a lot more energy, a little bit more hustle and were more vocal.”
Cody scored one run in the first following singles by Leyva, Tyler Grenz and Ethan Johnston. The Cubs added two in the second after singles by Bronnenberg, Phillips, Jared Grenz and an error.
Four walks, three hits and an error allowed Bitterroot to take a 4-3 lead with four runs in the second.
Cody tied the game in the fourth with a triple by Jared Grenz and sac fly by Blatt. In the sixth, Jared Grenz hit another triple and Blatt was hit by a pitch. Grenz scored on a sac bunt by Schroeder. Two walks and wild pitch scored two more.
“Bitterroot has been a rival to us and it just added a little more intensity to the game,” Max Williams said. “The offense came up big, getting more runs to take back the lead.”
Cody finished with 11 hits. Jared Grenz went 3-4 and Leyva 2-5.
The Cubs sent three pitchers to the mound. Max Williams started the game gave up four runs on two hits through 4 innings.
“I felt good on the mound,” Max Williams said. “I let one inning slip away from me, but the team had my back and battled.”
Tyler Grenz earned the win, pitching two innings and giving up no runs on one hit. Blatt closed the game and earned the save, giving up no run or hits.