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Tristan Blatt high-fives Ethan Johnson in a game last week.

The Cody Legion baseball team had a successful weekend in Jackson, going 2-2 to improve to 6-3 overall.

“We played well this weekend, we saw really good pitching and hit well,” Chance Moss said. “We are happy overall because we can all see that we are getting better.”

The team was without one of its top players in Tyler Grenz, who broke his wrist during practice last week.

“Tyler’s injury hurts the team because he’s been a huge asset batting and in the field, but I’m super exited about this team and where this season is going. As always we have some areas we need to improve on, but so far I’m proud of how we’re doing.”

Cody travels to Laurel on Saturday and hosts the Billings Cardinals on Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.

Cody 18, Rock Springs 9

Cody had 16 hits in a big win over Rocks Springs on Sunday. 

The game was actually close through four innings, with the Cubs leading 10-9. A two-run fifth and six-run sixth helped them pull away.

“I do think our team is hitting the ball really well right now and we have a lot of younger guys really stepping up to fill roles,” Tristan Blatt said. “We have a very good hitting team in general and we really showed that in the game. It’s always fun when everybody’s hitting.”

A double by Jack Schroeder scored the first run in the fifth, with Schroeder later stealing home. In the sixth, two walks, a hit batter and single by Trey Thomasson scored the first run. Blatt then hit a double to bring in three more, followed by a two-run homer by Jack Schroeder to left. 

Cody scored four in the first, which included a triple by Blatt and double by Jack Schroeder. Three walks, a double by Blatt and single by Schroeder scored four more in the second. The Cubs added runs in the third and fourth. 

The Sand Puppies scored six in the first, one in the second and two in the fourth.

At the plate, Blatt was a perfect 5-for-5, Jack Schroeder 4-5, Thomasson 2-3 and Devyn Engdahl 2-4.

“I think we are getting really consistent at the plate,” Ethan Johnston said. “I thought we had a really good weekend of hitting.”

Grady McCarten got his first start on the mound, going 2 2/3 innings and giving up seven runs on seven hits. Johnston earned the win, allowing two runs on seven hits through 3 1/3.

“On the weekend, we had several good pitching outings,” White said. “Having four games allowed us to get numerous pitchers valuable experience.”

Evanston 2, Cody 1

The Cubs outhit Evanston 7-1 but lost 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh.

“The difference in the game was timely hitting,” White said. “We had runners in scoring position in several innings but were unable to get a timely hit. I thought the Evanston game was our best defensive game of the weekend.”

Cody gave up three walks to load the bases for Evanston, which scored on a fielder’s choice. In the top of the frame, Jack Schroeder had tied the game with a solo shot over the left field fence.

Evanston’s first run came similar to the last, with three walks and a ground out.

“I think our biggest takeaway from the Evanston game was how well we kept our mindset,” Johnston said. “We didn’t get down on mistakes and we didn’t get too high on the big plays we made. They were a loud team and I thought we handled it well. I think we need to play like that in the future.”

At the plate Blatt, Schroeder, Moss and Thomasson went 1-3 and Wyatt Carlson 1-1.

Carlson started the game, going 1 inning and giving up one run on no hits. Moss pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed one run on one hit for the loss. Blatt pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed no runs on no hits.

“It felt good to be on the mound. Our defense played very well and Jack was a wall behind the plate,” Moss said.

Gallatin Valley 12, Cody 6

A 10-run fifth powered Gallatin Valley past the Cubs in the first game Saturday. 

Gallatin had five hits, four walks and two hit batters. Cody also had two errors in the frame.

“After we pulled our starter we struggled to throw strikes and when we did Gallatin hit very well off of us,” Moss said.

Cody led 4-2 going into the bottom of the fifth. In the third the Cubs saw singles by Johnston, Jack Schroeder and Moss and scored three runs. Blatt hit a solo homer to left in the top of the fifth.

A double by Dominic Phillips scored a run in the sixth, with one more coming in the seventh.

At the plate, Blatt went 3-3 and Jack Schroeder 2-4.

Engdahl pitched 4 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. Thomasson took the loss, allowing six runs on three hits through 1/3 of an inning. Ben Reinker closed out the game, giving up one run on two hits. 

Cody 8, Jackson 7

Cody came from behind to defeat Jackson in extra innings during its second game Saturday.

“It was awesome to win that game,” Moss said. “It was a very intense game and we came out on top.”

The Cubs managed to score a single run in the fifth on a single by Phillips, the sixth on a double by Johnston, the seventh on a single by Trey Schroeder and the eighth on an error to take the win. Cody worked some deep counts and played some small ball in the comeback.

The Cubs trailed 6-4 after three innings, scoring two in the second and third. Jackson’s other run came in the fifth.

“The win against Jackson was a solid team effort,” White said. “Jackson had us down early and had a lot of momentum, but we remained focused on chipping away at the lead and eventually tied it on a timely hit in the last inning.”

Offensively, Johnston went 2-5, while five other Cubs also got hits.

Jack Schroeder started the game, giving up six runs on five hits through 3 innings. Phillips pitched 3 innings and gave up one run on one hit. Blatt earned the win, giving up no runs or hits through 1 2/3 innings.

“I felt pretty good, it’s always nice knowing you have a solid defense behind you, it was awesome being able to string some hits together to come back to get the win,” Blatt said.

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