The Cody Legion baseball team hasn’t been playing Cody baseball in its recent games and coach Bart Grenz is hoping a few days off for the Fourth of July will help.
The Cubs faced AA Sheridan on Tuesday night and lost 12-2 and 5-0.
“We seemed a little bit flat against them and not quite playing at the level and focus we were a couple weeks ago,” coach Grenz said. “We’ll take a few days off and hopefully the kids will come back refreshed.”
Cody is now 31-10 and is off until Sunday when the team travels to Green River for two conference games.
“We just need to run good at bats and stay solid in the field,” Ethan Johnston said.
Sheridan pounded out 16 hits in the first game against the Cubs.
“Sheridan is a good club,” coach Grenz said. “They came in on a hot streak with a lot of confidence and we had a hard time holding them down.”
After Sheridan scored two in the second, Cody answered in the bottom of the frame. Tristan Blatt walked and scored on a single by Heston Williams to left.
Cody loaded the bases in the fourth and got two on in the fifth but didn’t score again until the sixth. Blatt reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single by Hayden Bronnenberg.
“They had a good pitcher which was nice to see,” Johnston said. “We wanted to go at him.”
The Troopers scored four more in the fourth and fifth and two in the sixth.
The Cubs finished with four hits. Bronnenberg went 1-1, Heston Williams 1-2 and Jared Grenz and Tyler Grenz 1-3.
Devyn Engdahl went 4 innings giving up six runs on seven hits. Johnston went 1 inning and gave up four runs on four hits. Bronnenberg pitched 1 inning and allowed two runs on five hits.
The Cubs did a better job of limiting the Troopers hits in the second game but Sheridan still earned the shutout.
“They have a good program,” Johnston said. “They’re a solid team and made some good plays.”
The Troopers scored one in the first, took advantage of a couple errors in the fourth to score two more and added two in the fifth on a triple and another error.
Cody got base runners on in almost every inning, including loading the bases in the second, but would not score.
“We had a lot of hard hit balls, they just weren’t dropping,” Johnston said.
The Cubs finished with five hits. Blatt went 2-3, Tyler Grenz 1-2 and Engdahl and Bronnenberg 1-3.
Blatt took the loss, giving up five runs on four hits through 5 innings. Jack Schroeder pitched 2 innings and allowed one hit.