The Cody Legion baseball team split with the Billings Blue Jays on Saturday.
Cody 13, Blue Jays 9
After a rough first two innings during which the Blue Jays took a 9-2 lead, the Cubs buckled down and held Billings scoreless the rest of the way in a comeback win Saturday.
“We showed a lot of moxie today,” Grenz said. “To come back from that deficit in the first game was great to see.”
In the third, Blatt drew a walk and scored when Schroeder hit a homer to left. Then in the fourth, two walks, two hit batters, double by Engdahl and single by Moss made it 9-8.
“Our approach at the plate was good,” Moss said. “We just needed to hit that one pitch.”
Cody took the lead in the next inning. Thomasson hit a single and scored on a home run to left by Blatt. After Schroeder drew a walk, Moss hit his first Legion home run to make it 12-9.
“I knew I’d hit it hard and thought I’d hit a double,” he said. “When I was almost to second I knew. It was a good feeling.”
A walk and double by Blatt gave the Cubs their final run in the sixth.
At the plate Moss went 3-for-4, Thomasson and Engdahl 2-4 and Blatt 2-2.
McCarten earned the win, giving up nine runs on 11 hits through 7 innings.
“Grady showed a lot perseverance on the mound,” Grenz said. “Even though he gave up some runs in the first few innings, he kept his pitch count down, which really helped him and the team.”
Blue Jays 5, Cody 4
Cody had the bases loaded in the seventh but couldn’t push across the runs needed for the win in the second game.
“We gave ourselves a chance, it just wasn’t meant to be today,” Grenz said.
Trailing 5-3 in the seventh, Engdahl hit a single and Blatt drew a walk. After Schroeder hit a fielder’s choice, Phillips hit a single to score one. Moss struck out for the second out and Wyatt Carlson walked to load the bases, but with a full count Reinker lined out to shortstop.
“It was nerve-wracking but a fun feeling for sure,” he said of being the final at-bat.
Cody had the momentum early in the game, scoring a run on a double by Schroeder in the first, and two more in the second on singles by Moss and Reinker, a walk, fielder’s choice and passed ball.
Billings scored one in the fourth and three in the fifth to take the lead.
“We started off hot, but then we got down,” Reinker said. “We need more energy.”
Offensively McCarten went 1-2, and Phillips, Schroeder and Engdahl 1-3.
Thomasson started the game, going 4 innings and giving up two runs on five hits. Carlson pitched 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits for the loss.
“Thomasson and Carlson did a good job on the mound competing and working to improve,” Grenz said. “They will be big for us as the year goes on.”