The Cody Legion baseball team’s four pitchers gave up just one hit combined Tuesday night during a conference doubleheader against Lovell.
“Our pitching looked great,” coach Bart Grenz said. “All four guys worked with good pace and filled up the strike zone.”
The Cubs improved to 22-5 and 3-1 in conference with the victories. They will play in the Big Stick Tournament in Rapid City, S.D., this weekend.
“We played well today,” Jack Schroeder said. “It feels good and gives us confidence for our next games.”
Cody 11, Lovell 0
It didn’t take the Cubs long to get on the board in the first game. In the second inning, Schroeder started things off with a single, Hayden Bronnenberg walked and Cody Phillips was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Elijah Leyva then reached on an error that scored two runs.
Jared Grenz hit a one-out triple to left, which was followed by a Tristan Blatt triple to center to make it 5-0.
“We knew it was a conference game and we came out with a lot of energy and were ready to play,” Tyler Grenz said.
Three straight walks brought in another run and a fielder’s choice made it 7-0. After another walk, Leyva hit a double to score two more and give Cody a 9-0 advantage.
The Cubs final runs came in the third. Jared Grenz walked and Blatt was hit by a pitch. After a double steal, Grenz scored on a ground out by Heston Williams. Later Schroeder hit a sac fly to make it 11-0.
“Just because we had a big lead didn’t mean we’d won,” Tyler Grenz said of the team staying sharp late in the game. “We’re always doing our best.”
Cody finished with six hits. Blatt went 2-2, Leyva 2-4 and Schroeder and Grenz 1-1.
“Offensively we had a lot of good at bats and the kids seemed really comfortable at the plate,” coach Grenz said.
Williams pitched 4 innings and gave up no hits while striking out seven. Bronnenberg went 1 inning and gave up one hit.
“We played good D and made a lot of plays today,” Schroeder said.
Cody 6, Lovell 0
The Cubs were quieter in game two but still got the job done.
“It was good to get this doubleheader in at home,” coach Grenz said. “We haven’t played a lot of games at home so it was good to be here at Milward Simpson Stadium to play tonight.”
In the second, Williams was hit by a pitch, Jack Schroeder hit a single and an error to load the bases. Alex Evans ground out to second to score one run and Cody Phillips hit a single to make it 3-0.
Quiet through the middle innings, the Cubs scored again in the sixth. Schroeder hit a single and Bronnenberg walked. With two outs Phillips hit a single to right field to make it 4-0. Leyva then hit a hard hit ball to center to score two more.
“It was a little bit difficult to get going,” Schroeder said. “We hit good just right at guys, but then we started picking up the pace.”
Phillips went 3-3 at the plate, Schroeder 2-3 and Leyva 1-1.
Tyler Grenz and Blatt combined for a no-hitter. Grenz went 6 innings and Blatt pitched the final inning.
“I felt good,” Tyler said. “I was throwing strikes, and mixing speeds and locations.”