The Cody Legion baseball team finished tied for second at the Big Stick Tournament in Rapid City, S.D., during the weekend, finishing 4-2.
“It was a good trip for us,” coach Bart Grenz said. “We learned a lot about ourselves, how to approach the game and how to be a better team. Hopefully we use those lessons throughout the year.”
Cody 7, RC Bullets 2
The Cubs scored all its runs in the first three innings Thursday and then held on late to earn the win.
“I thought we played well against the Bullets, we came out strong to get an early lead and kept it,” Heston Williams said.
Cody scored two runs in the first on a triple by Jared Grenz and sac fly by Tristan Blatt. The Cubs added a run in the second on a single by Cody Phillips. In the third they scored four runs on singles by Jared Grenz and Jack Schroeder, a triple by Blatt, a walk and an error.
“We seemed a little sluggish and road weary but were able to do enough,” coach Grenz said.
Blatt went 2-2, Jared Grenz 2-4 and Schroeder 1-2.
Schroeder started the game and earned the win, going 5 innings and giving up two runs on five hits. Phillips pitched 1 inning and gave up one hit and Ethan Johnston pitched 1 inning and gave up no hits.
“Jack had a good outing,” Grenz said. “He was hitting the outside corner with the fastball and was able to get in his off speed for strikes.”
Cody 3, Premier, Colo., 2
The Cubs led most of the way in their first game Friday but Premier tied it late and Cody had to retake the lead in extra innings for the win.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the fourth after a Premier error and single by Heston Williams. In the fifth they scored another on a double by Schroeder and single by Johnston.
Premier scored one run in the sixth and tied it in the seventh. They had the go-ahead run on base but Cody got out of it and the game went into extra innings.
Jared Grenz hit a double to start the eighth and advanced to third on a fly out by Blatt. He scored on a sac fly by Schroeder.
Premier had one walk in the bottom of the frame but Cody held on for the win.
“We knew we had what it took, we just stayed focus on what was important to get the win,” Heston Williams said.
Schroeder and Johnston went 2-3 at the plate.
Blatt earned the win, giving up no runs or hits in 1 1/3 innings.
“Tristan did a good job coming on in relief in a tough environment,” coach Grenz said.
Heston Williams started the game, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out 11.
“I was able to mix up location and speeds to keep them off balance,” Heston Williams said.
Rapid City Shooters 7, Cody 5
Their second game Friday also went into extra innings but this time Cody was the losing team, falling 7-5 to Rapid City in the 11th inning.
“It was a tough game to lose,” coach Grenz said. “We had a lot of opportunities but couldn’t seem to capitalize and shut the Rapid City team down.”
The Cubs scored two runs in the first after a single by Jared Grenz and home run by Blatt to left but then the Cody offense went silent, while the Shooters took a 4-2 lead by the third.
Down to their last chance, in the bottom of the seventh Devyn Engdahl and Johnston hit singles to start. Phillips then hit a sac fly to score one run and Tyler Grenz a single to tie the game and force extra innings.
Rapid City scored a run in the 10th but Cody answered after an error and two walks.
In the 11th, the Shooters added two more runs and the Cubs weren’t able to answer in the bottom of the frame.
Nine Cubs had a hit during the game. Johnston went 1-3, and Phillips, Engdahl and Schroeder 1-4.
Max Williams started the game, giving up four runs on nine hits through 5 2/3 innings. Johnston took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits through 5 1/3 innings.
“Max and Ethan both did fine on the mound but their pitch counts got away from them a little bit,” coach Grenz said. “They both battled hard.”
Billings 10, Cody 2
The Cubs’ first game Saturday was close until the fifth, when the Blue Jays put up eight runs to pull away.
Cody struggled to get much going offensively during the game, scoring its first run in the fourth. Jared Grenz hit a single, reached third on an error and later stole home to make it a 2-1 game.
“It’s like we’ve been playing in quicksand,” coach Grenz said. “The kids seemed to be a half-step slow getting to baseballs and at the plate. We just couldn’t find the next gear.”
After Billings’ big inning the Cubs’ final run came in the bottom of the frame. Heston Williams hit a double, advanced to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
Cody finished with just three hits. Heston Williams went 1-1, Jared Grenz 1-2 and Tyler Grenz 1-3.
“I think we struggled against Billings offensively because we didn’t come in with the right mindset to win a game,” Jared Grenz said.
Phillips took the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits through 3 2/3 innings. Hayden Bronnenberg pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up two runs on two hits.
Cody 9, Harrisburg 6
Cody rebounded later in the day against Harrisburg, S.D., scoring in almost every inning to win 9-6.
“We became refocused and ready to play,” Jared Grenz said.
Harrisburg took a 2-0 lead in the first but the Cubs tied the game in the second. Blatt hit a single, advanced on a sac bunt by Heston Williams and scored on a double by Johnston. An error brought in the second run.
After the South Dakota team hit a home run in the third, Cody tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Jared Grenz hit a triple and scored on a ground out by Blatt. Heston Williams then hit a triple and scored on an error to give Cody a 4-3 lead.
In the fourth, Alex Evans hit a single and scored on a triple by Tyler Grenz. Blatt then hit a single to make it 6-3. The Cubs took advantage of two walks in the fifth, scoring on a wild pitch and error.
Harrisburg scored two in the sixth but Cody answered with one run in the bottom half of the frame on a single by Engdahl.
“Harrisburg’s a tough team,” coach Grenz said. “We got back to our identity of hitting the ball up and down the lineup and hitting it hard.”
Blatt went 2-3, Jared Grenz 2-4, Johnston 1-1 and Engdahl 1-2,
Leyva earned the win, giving up six runs on five hits through 5 1/3 innings. Blatt pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up no hits.
“Elijah gave a very gutsy performance on the mound,” coach Grenz said. “His pitch count got away from him in the first few innings but he was able to get some quick middle innings to extend his outing.”
Cody 6, Gallatin Valley 0
Cody earned a 6-0 victory over Gallatin Valley out of Montana in its final game.
“Against Gallatin we came ready to play and we were able to get on them early,” Jared Grenz said.
The Cubs scored three runs in the second. After the first two batters up were hit by a pitch, a single by Phillips scored the first run, with the second coming in on an error. A single by Jared Grenz loaded the bases and a single by Blatt scored the third run.
In the third, Heston Williams started the inning with a double, Engdahl walked and Phillips reached on an error to load the bases. The run scored on a ground out by Leyva.
Jared Grenz started the fourth with a triple, Blatt was hit by a pitch and Schroeder hit a double to make it 6-0.
“Offensively we swung the bats well and looked very comfortable,” coach Grenz said.
At the plate Blatt went 2-3, Jared Grenz 2-4, and Heston Williams and Phillips 1-3.
Engdahl earned the win, going all 7 innings and giving up no runs on seven hits. He also had seven strikeouts.
“Devyn threw great,” coach Grenz said. “He really did a good job in and out of the strike zone and set the tone for the game.”