Kip Edwards laced a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Bozeman Spikes to an 8-7 Class A American Legion baseball victory over the Missoula A Mavericks in action Sunday at the Missoula Memorial Day tournament at Lindborg-Cregg Field.
In other games Sunday, the Helena Senators earned a spot in Monday's 8 p.m. championship game with a 6-5 win over the Bozeman Bucks. In other Class A games, Kalispell beat Helena 8-5. The Class AA Missoula Mavericks were playing Kalispell late Sunday night after rain showers delayed the start time.
Edwards' single drove in J.J. Bishop, who led off the frame by drawing a walk from losing pitcher Nick Trott.
The Spikes scored six in the fourth, taking advantage of a leadoff triple by catcher Mark Serino, two walks and two hit batters.
Edwards finished 2-for-4 and Shea Miller was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Bozeman.
Right fielder James Lester went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for the Mavs, who fell to 10-11. Danny Belet added a two-RBI double in the third for Missoula.
Missoula 004 102 0 - 7 11 2
Bozeman 100 600 1 - 8 8 1
Austin Walker, Ryan Sharkey (4), Nick Trott (6) and Ramzi Bitar, Kris Bratlien (5). Scott Hayes, Skylar Bugger (6) and Mark Serino. W - Bugger. L - Trott.
Mission Valley 4,
Kootenai Valley 0
At the Whitefish Wood Bat tournament, Brandon Larson had an RBI double and the Mission Valley Mariners notched their second Class A American Legion tourney victory in as many days.
Joe Locke threw a two-hit complete game for the Mariners, striking out seven and walking one to get the win and improve to 2-1.
Joe Tusick added 2-for-3 day at the plate for the M's, who moved to 6-8.
Mission Valley's scheduled afternoon game with the Glacier Twins was rained out.
Drew Shay took the loss for the Rangers.
Mission Valley 4, Kootenai Valley 0
Kootenai 000 000 0 - 0 2 0
Mission Valley 020 020 x - 4 7 0
Drew Shay and J.D. Belstad. Joe Locke and Steve Larson. W - Locke (2-1). L - Shay.
Bucs make title game
At Whitefish, the Bitterroot Bucs earned a spot in the Wood Bat tournament championship game despite a 5-1 loss to the Calgary Blues AA Legion team Sunday afternoon.
Evan Ringel drove in Cody Person with the Bucs' only run.
Bitterroot earned the shot at the title by virtue of a pair of wins on Saturday. The Bucs (15-2) beat their Bitterroot rivals the Red Sox 3-2 in eight innings and also notched a 7-0 win over Glacier's AA team.
Ringel earned the win on the hill against the Red Sox and also drove home the game-winning run.
Person tossed the shutout against Glacier, striking out 12. He also had a pair of doubles at the plate.