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Cubbies hit mini-slump at Missoula
The Dillon Cubs continue to build for the post-season, but stumbled a bit this past week with just one win in six games to fall to 24-27 overall and 9-6 in league play. Dillon is a week away from competing at the Southern “A” District tournament where there will be no margin for error. Normally, two berths are in play for the state “A” tournament, but since Helena hosts state, they get an automatic bid leaving one slot up for grabs. With Belgrade ranked among the elite teams in class “A” and a potential state champion favorite, the Cubs will have to play perfect ball when District opens July 26 in Anaconda.
Last Wednesday, the Cubs hosted Gallatin Valley and gave last years state runner-up a battle before falling, 5-4.
“A very close game and from a baseball standpoint, it was well played from both sides,” said Dillon manager Aaron Orme. “They came up with the big hit at the end of the game and we left some guys on base.”
Orme said Corey Renfree pitched a strong six-plus innings with relief help from Logan Wilson and Cole Miotke.
At the Missoula Mavericks’ tournament over the weekend, the Cubs went 1-4, with the win coming in the opener versus the Great Falls Electrics, 11-8. Dillon followed with what Orme says was the Cubbies best performance of the season against the host Mavs, despite the 9-6 score.
In the win over Great Falls, M.J. Simkins pitched the distance for the win. A triple and home run from Cole Miotke sparked the offense.
Later Friday night, the Cubs fell to the Mavs in Miotke’s last game of the week before he left for East-West Shrine All-Star practice. Miotke went the distance, allowing just three earned runs in the 11-5 loss.
“We actually played our best game of the season against the Missoula Mavs,” said Orme. “They were the best team at that tournament. Cole pitched lights out but we didn’t back him up with our defense and they scored four unearned runs late in the game. We actually came up with big hits, but our defense hurt us.”
With Miotke gone for the rest of the weekend and other injuries on the roster of just 12 total players, Orme used the three remaining games to build depth at various positions by moving players around. The Cubbies lost all three – 10-2 to the Prairie Cardinals from Post Falls, Idaho; 8-0 to the Lethbridge (Alberta) Miners; and 5-2 to the Bitterroot Bucs.
The Cubs played at Livingston on Tuesday, and wind up the regular season at home with doubleheaders against Helena on Saturday and Deer Lodge on Sunday.
GALLATIN VALLEY 5, DILLON 4
Dillon hitting – Eathyn Peterson 2-4, Nathan Simkins 0-5, M.J. Simknis 2-5, Cole Miotke 1-5, Ethan Tatarka 1-4, Logan WIlson 0-4, R.J. Fitzgerald 1-3, Jamey Richardson 1-4, Corey Renfree 2-4.
Dillon extra base hits: 2B – Richardson, Miotke.
DILLON 11, GREAT FALLS 8
Dillon hitting – Peterson 2-3, N. Simkins0-5, M.J. Simkins 2-3, Miotke 1-2, Tatarka 2-4, Renfree 1-4, Fitzgerald 1-4, Jason Ferris 1-4, Richardson 3-4.
Dillon extra base hits: 2B – Tatarka, Peterson. 3B – Miotke.
DILLON 6, MISSOULA 8
Dillon hitting – Peterson 1-4, N. Simkins 0-4, M.J. Simkins 1-1, Miotke 1-3, Tatarka 1-4, Renfree 0-3, Fitzgerald 0-2, Ralph McArthy 0-3, Wilson 1-1.
Dillon extra base hits: 2B – Peterson. 3B – Tatarka, Miotke.
DILLON 2, PRAIRIE 10
Dillon hitting – Peterso 2-3, N. Simkins 0-3, M.J. Simkins 2-3, Tatarka 1-3, McArthy 0-3, Wilson 1-3, Nicky Olsen 0-3, Ferris 0-0, Richardson 0-2.
Dillon extra base hits: 2B – M.J. Simkins. 3B – Peterson.
DILLON 2, BITTERROOT 5
Dillon hitting – Peterson 0-3, N. Simkins 1-4, M.J. Simkins 0-3, Tatarka 3-4, Fitzgerald 2-4, Renfree 3-4, Olssen 2-4, Ferris 1-3, Richardson 0-2.
Dillon extra base hits: 2B – Tatarka.