Missoulian Offense comes alive in second game
It was quite the opening day for the Class AA Missoula Mavericks Legion baseball team.
The Mavs eked out a 7-6 victory in the opener of their doubleheader with Kalispell on Saturday at Lindborg-Cregg Field, and followed up with another gem when Brad Waln tossed a no-hitter. Waln had plenty of help from the offense in the second game of the twin-bill as the Mavs trounced the Lakers 15-0.
Waln, who won seven games at the AA level a year ago, was in control throughout the game, needing just 87 pitches to record his first win of the season. The defense was also spectacular behind him, Mavs coach Brent Hathaway said.
"(Shortstop Tanner) Kahler made a real outstanding play late in the game to save the no-hitter, (Ryan) Keltz made a nice play in right field and (Kurt) Kueffler tracked one down at third base," Hathaway said. "It was a pretty good opening day."
With a loaded lineup, the Mavs are expecting to be a solid hitting team. They combined to go 22-for-57 on the day.
Their talented offense exploded in the second game, notching 13 hits, four of them doubles. Leading the way in the finale was Kahler, who finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Brett Mitchell, Kueffler and Eric Guymon added two hits apiece.
The Mavs scored six runs in the third inning of the opener to go in front 6-2. The Lakers got to starter Beau Walker in the sixth and pulled within 7-6 before Guymon came in for the save.
Missoula hosts Mission Valley in another doubleheader slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.
McFarland and Fredecio. Beau Walker, Guymon (6) and Welker. W - Walker 1-0. L - McFarland 0-1.
KALISPELL - Kays 1-4, Franklin 2-4, Dezort 1-4, Bradley 1-4, McFarland 0-3, Fredecio 2-3, Demars 0-4, Wagner 4-4, Beston 2-4.
MISSOULA - Tanner Kahler 0-4, Brett Mitchell 1-4, Kris Welker 1-2, Will Thompson 2-3, Brian Moser 1-2, Ryan Martin 1-3, Brad Kerr 2-3, Kyle Slater 1-2, Adam Kerr 0-2.
2B - Kays, Franklin, Wagner 2, Brad Kerr. RBIs - Kays, Franklin, Bradley 2, Thompson 2, Martin, Brad Kerr 2, Slater.
Demars, Beston (4), Barrett (6), Kays (6) and Fredecio. Brad Waln and Slater. W - Waln 1-0. L - Demars 0-1.
KALISPELL - Kays 0-3, Franklin 0-3, Bradley 0-2, Dezort 0-1, Barrett 0-1, Fredecio 0-2, McFarland 0-2, Franklin 0-1, Hedeen 0-2, Larcom 0-2, Beston 0-1.
MISSOULA - Kahler 3-4, Mitchell 2-5, Welker 0-2, Moser 1-3, Thompson 1-4, Kurt Kueffler 2-3, Guymon 2-4, Ryan Keltz 0-2, Slater 1-4, Clint Cordial 1-1.
2B - Kahler 2, Thompson, Kueffler, Guymon. RBIs - Kahler 2, Mitchell 2, Welker, Guymon 2.