The Cody Legion baseball team celebrated senior night on Friday during its games against Powell, honoring Jared Grenz, Elijah Leyva and Heston Williams between games.
“It feels like the season just started,” Williams said. “It went by fast.”
“I think the last year always does,” Jared Grenz added.
The Cubs took care of business, defeating the Pioneers 11-1 and 8-0. The following day they split with AA Sheridan on the road, losing the first game 3-2 and winning the second 17-9.
“Against Sheridan I felt like we played good enough to win both games, but getting the split was nice to get us more confidence against double A teams going into state,” Devyn Engdahl said.
Cody hosts Green River on Tuesday at noon and 2 p.m.
Cody 11, Powell 1
Cody came out swinging in game one Friday, putting up eight runs in the first inning.
“It was good to get out of the gate fast,” coach Grenz said. “Our kids played with a lot of confidence and moxy.”
Cody Phillips lined out to start the frame, but then the Cubs loaded the bases. Devyn Engdahl and Jared Grenz hit line drives to the outfield and Tristan Blatt was hit by a pitch. Cody then had six singles in a row to the outfield from Heston Williams, Jack Schroeder, Tyler Grenz, Leyva, Ethan Johnston and Phillips to make it 8-0.
“We saw the ball well and kept hitting like we know we can hit to keep it going,” Jared Grenz said.
With two outs in the second, the Cubs added a run. Tyler Grenz and Leyva hit singles and moved up on a passed ball. Grenz then scored on an error by the shortstop.
In the fourth inning, Johnston hit a one-out double and Engdahl drew a walk. Both scored on a triple to center by Jared Grenz.
Powell got one on in the third and loaded the bases in the fourth. In the fifth, an error, walk and single loaded the bases again, with one run scoring on a sac fly. A strikeout and ground out ended the game.
Cody finished with 13 hits. Every player had at least one, with Leyva, Tyler Grenz and Johnston going 2-3, and Jared Grenz 2-4.
Schroeder earned the win, giving up one run on two hits through 5 innings and striking out seven.
“I thought Jack did a good job on the mound and looked really sharp,” coach Grenz said.
Cody 8, Powell 0
Heston William’s dominant performance on the mound helped power the Cubs to a shutout in game two.
Williams gave up just two hits through 7 innings, while striking out 14.
“Everything was going well and I was feeling good,” he said.
Cody wasn’t finding the gaps on offense as much in the nightcap but made the most of its base runners to gradually pull away. In the second inning, Blatt hit a triple and scored on a ground out by Schroeder.
The Cubs put up five runs in the third. Max Williams hit a single and Engdahl drew a walk. Both scored on a home run by Blatt to left field. Schroeder then reached on an error and Heston Williams walked. After a double steal, Schroeder scored on an error by the third baseman. Tyler Grenz then hit a sac fly to make it 6-0.
In the fifth, Blatt started with a double and scored on a double by Schroeder. Cody’s final run came in the sixth. Engdahl walked, advanced to second on a sac bunt by Jared Grenz and scored on an error.
Powell’s best chance to score came in the fourth. Colin Queen reached on an error and Jesse Brown drew a walk. Cameron Schmidt then hit a hard ground ball Engdahl couldn’t corral at third, but Blatt threw the ball to Schroeder at home plate, where he caught Queen trying to steal to prevent the run.
“We played well and had good energy,” Leyva said. “We didn’t play down.”
Cody finished with eight hits. Blatt went 3-4 and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. Max Williams went 2-4 and Tyler Grenz 1-1.
“Offensively we ran some good at bats and even though we didn’t have a ton of hits the boys made the most of what we were given,” coach Grenz said.
Sheridan 3, Cody 2
Saturday at Sheridan, the Troopers loaded the bases in the second on a double and two walks. A single scored the first run and another scored on a fielder’s choice.
In the third, the Cubs tied the game, loading the bases with singles by Johnston, Phillips and Engdahl. One run scored on a fielder’s choice by Blatt and a second on a walk by Schroeder.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh. Sheridan walked two and loaded the bases on an error. The winning run scored on a sac fly.
“Offensively we had our chances but we had a tough time pushing runs across the plate,” coach Grenz said. “A couple things didn’t quite go our way in the seventh and Sheridan capitalized.”
Cody finished with six hits. Engdahl and Phillips went 2-4 and Johnston 1-2.
“Offensively I think we did pretty well,” Engdahl said. “We gave ourself chances to break the tie, unfortunately we couldn’t make it happen.”
Engdahl started the game and went 6 innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Hayden Bronnenberg pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed one run on no hits.
“Devyn threw well,” coach Grenz said. “He kind of had a rough start but settled in nicely and improved as the game went on.”
Cody 16, Sheridan 8
The second game was back and forth until Cody scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to pull away for the win.
“Offensively we were putting the bat on the ball and were able to score runs early,” coach Grenz said. “Everything clicked for us in the sixth.”
In the inning, Jared Grenz reached on an error, Blatt hit a single and Schroeder walked to load the bases. Johnston reached on an error by the shortstop to score a run. Tyler Grenz then hit a run-scoring single and another scored when Bronnenberg walked. Two hit batters made it 11-8 and a single by Engdahl drove in another run. Blatt then hit a double to make it 15-8. After Schroeder hit a double, the final run scored on a fielder’s choice by Johnston.
“The second game to get so many runs we were able to play small ball a little bit until we could string hits together and get guys in,” Engdahl said. “One big inning really helped us get the win.”
In the first, Sheridan took the lead with three runs. The Cubs got two back in the second when Schroeder was hit by a pitch, Tyler Grenz hit a double and Bronnenberg drove in one run on a single. The second run scored on a fielder’s choice by Max Williams.
The Troopers loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame and scored two runs on an error and fielder’s choice. In the third, Cody got two walks and scored a run when Blatt stole home.
Sheridan took a 6-3 lead in the third, but Cody tied the game in the fourth after Engdahl was hit by a pitch, Jared Grenz hit a double to score one run and Blatt hit a two-run homer to center.
Sheridan went up 8-6 in the fifth. After 10 runs in the sixth, the Cubs scored a final run in the seventh on a walk by Bronnenberg, single by Williams and single by Engdahl.
The Troopers’ final run came on a single in the seventh.
“Defensively we were pretty solid,” Engdahl said. “Our pitchers just need to get up there and throw strikes and give our defense chances to make plays.”
Cody finished with 16 hits. Tyler Grenz went 3-5, Schroeder 2-3, and Blatt, Engdahl and Williams 2-4.
Max Williams earned the win, giving up eight runs on seven hits. Leyva pitched the final inning and allowed one run on one hit.
“It took Max a couple innings to adjust to the umpire’s strike zone, but once Max and Devyn were able to work together things improved,” coach Grenz said.