Cubs fall in tourney opener

Face do-or-die Fri. showdown with Anaconda
M.P. Regan
Thursday, July 21, 2022
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No mercy

Dillon Cub catcher Dillon Kissock records a force out at home plate to keep the Gallatin Valley Outlaws from scoring a mercy-rule-inducing run late in GVO's 10-1 win over Dillon in the opening round of the double-elimination Southern A District tourney on Thursday in Butte.

The Dillon Cubs fought to the end, but still succumbed to the powerful Gallatin Valey Outlaws on Thursday in the opening round of the Southern A District tourney in Butte.

Riding a strong starting pitching performance from Damon Skradski, who did not yield an earned run, Dillon's American Legion baseball team kept it close for most of the game, with the score knotted, 1-1, after four innings. 

But GVO benefitted from a half-dozen Dillon errors, scoring a half-dozen runs in the bottom of the fifth, and then adding three more in the sixth to gain a comfortable advantage.

The Cubs did manage to keep the ten-run mercy rule from getting triggered in the sixth, when pitcher Cohen Hartman snared a sharp, bases-loaded grounder up the middle and went home for the force out, and then got the next batter to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

The Cubs will play Anaconda, 13-3 losers to second-seed Belgrade on Thursday, in a loser-out game on Friday at 1 p.m. at the tourney site, 3 Legends Field in Butte.