POWELL – The Cody Legion baseball team had just four hits Saturday morning against Torrington, but the Cubs ran solid at-bats and generated enough offense to win its first state game 5-0.

 

Cody had just four hits Saturday morning against Torrington, but the Cubs ran solid at-bats and generated enough offense to win their first state game 5-0.

“We did have a lot of hits, but we ran some great at bats and were able to advance the runners and push kids across the plate,” coach Bart Grenz said. “It was a good way to start and Devyn (Engdahl) pitched a heck of a game. He really looked solid.”

Cody took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed. Cody Phillips drew a walk, advanced to second on a single by Jared Grenz and made it all the way home on a passed ball. 

The Cubs had runners in scoring position in the third and fourth innings but wouldn’t put up more runs until the fifth. Phillips started the inning with a single, Jared Grenz drew a walk.

After a double steal, Tristan Blatt got his first hit of the day, a huge shot off the center field wall for a triple. He scored on a squeeze bunt by Tyler Grenz, who advanced all the way to third on a Torrington error. After Jackson Schroeder drew a walk, Grenz scored on another error.

“We got guys on and around when we needed to hit,” Blatt said. “We ran (the Torrington pitcher) well the first few innings and got him out of the game.”

Cody loaded the bases in the sixth but didn’t score again.

The Cubs made some solid plays on defense as well, getting two double plays during the game on pop outs where they were able to catch the runner trying to tag up, one in the first and the other in the fifth. The Tigers had two on in the fifth inning.

“Our defense came up big in some tight spots,” coach Grenz said.

Cody Phillips also made a diving catch in right to get Cody out of the fourth. 

At the plate, Blatt went 1-1, Jared Grenz 1-2, Cody Phillips 1-3 and Tyler Grenz 1-4.

Engdahl pitched a complete game. 

“It took me a while to get into the zone, but then it went well,” he said. 

He tweaked his ankle crossing first base in the fourth inning but continued to throw strong, giving up four hits and striking out seven.

“I stepped on the pitcher’s ankle and rolled it, “ he said. “It’s pretty sore.”

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