Pitcher Paul Boyd tosses six-hitter

LEWISTON, Idaho - Missoula pitcher Paul Boyd held a tough Boise team to one run on six hits as the Mavericks defeated the Gems 3-1 in their second game at the Lewiston, Idaho, Legion baseball tournament Friday.

The Mavs played Spokane in a late game Friday night.

Boyd struck out five, walked one and hit two batters to improve to 5-2.

"Paul pitched solidly," Mavs coach Brent Hathaway said. "Boise is a very strong team, and he held them in check."

The Gems are made up mostly of members of the Timberline High School baseball team that won the Idaho A-1 state championship in May. Two Boise players were drafted earlier this month. First baseman Travis Wong, who was taken by Cincinnati in the 13th round, has a full ride to Texas A&M. Pitcher Nic Puckett, who was not in the lineup against Missoula on Friday, was drafted by Boston in the 23rd round.

Boise took a 1-0 lead in the first after Ryan Keller led off the game with a triple and scored on a ground out by Clint Cross. Boyd took over from there.

Missoula answered in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Will Thompson that scored Tanner Kahler.

The Mavs pushed the winning run across in the fourth inning on a suicide squeeze by catcher Charlie Duval that scored Chad Hines. They tacked on an insurance tally in the fifth when B.J. Welker doubled and later scored on a throwing error by the Boise shortstop.

"We played good baseball," Hathaway said. "We didn't beat ourselves."

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Missoula 100 110 x - 3 6 1

Ben Sheppard and Kurtz. Paul Boyd and Charlie Duval. W - Boyd (5-2). L - Shepherd.

BOISE - Ryan Keller 3-4, Clint Cross 0-3, Travis Wong 1-3, Ben Sheppard 0-4, Ryan Cantlon 1-3, John Singleton 0-1, Ben Newton 2-3, Josh Huwer 0-2, Derek Rose 0-1, Justin Bradbury 0-3.

MISSOULA (22-5) - Tanner Kahler 1-3, B.J. Welker 2-2, Amos Templer 0-1, Will Thompson 1-2, Brad Bjorklund 0-2, Brad Kerr 0-3, Chad Hines 1-3, Kris Welker 1-3, Charlie Duval 0-2.

2B - B.J. Welker. 3B - Keller.

RBIs - Cross. Thompson, Duval.

n Mariners earn tie

At the Lethbridge Tournament, the Mission Valley Mariners came away with a disappointing 6-6 tie with Cut Bank in Friday's opening-round play. The Mariners took a two-run lead in the top of the seventh inning, but gave up two tough runs in the bottom of the inning for the tie.

In the top of the seventh, Justin Bykari and Justin Bahm of Mission Valley both reached base and Nick Emerson drove them both home. In the bottom of the inning, Cut Bank got its first two runners on base and drove one in eventually on a sacrifice fly.

The game had a strange ending when with runners on first and third and two out, the Cut Bank runner on first was caught in a rundown, and the runner on third scored the tying run before the runner on first was tagged out. No extra innings were allowed on the first day of the tourney.

Bykari finished 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Emerson and Tyler French of the Mariners had a pair of RBIs each.

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Cut Bank 010 003 2 - 6 5 4

Brad Wilson, Jake Barnoski (7) and Kevin Lair. Bart Benjamin and Mike Aikins.

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