American Legion Cubs hit rough patch

The Dillon Cubs were just a little behind the pace during a four-game skid last week. Despite the losing streak, the Cubbies are 30-14 on the season. In the phtoo above, third baseman Chris Olsen fields a throw that came in behind the Belgrade Bandit sliding safely into third base. Jess Alberi photo


The red-hot Dillon Cubs cooled off with four straight losses over the past week. But all the winning they had done in the previous months still saw them sitting comfortably in third place in the Montana Class A Southern District, with an overall record of 30-14, and league mark of 13-5.

For the second time this season, the Cubs last Tuesday hosted the Belgrade Bandits, who currently hold the second spot in the District behind the Gallatin Valley Outlaws.

The Cubs (13-4) had won the earlier matchup between the two division contenders and were looking to move into second place with the win.

Dillon senior righthander Corey Renfree had the Bandits’ number in the first game back in May in Belgrade, and was called upon by Dillon Head Coach Aaron Orme to again stop the Bandits.

Belgrade employed their effective version of small ball, a style of play that uses bunts and steals to produce runs, to get two runners across the plate in the top of the first inning.

The Cubs answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second.

But then the wheels came off the bus for the home team.

Belgrade brought 14 batters to the plate in the third inning, when the visitors scored eight runs on seven hits and two Cubbie errors.

Heading into the bottom half of the frame, the Cubs found themselves down 10-2, but still with six innings to get their high-powered offense into gear.

But even though their best pitcher was playing shortstop in the game, the Bandits proved hard to hit. Belgrade’s Chris Schreckengost used his late breaking curveball to stymie the Cubs through the entire contest. Even when a Cub managed to get his bat on Schreckengost’s go-to pitch, it usually resulted in just a pop up out.


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