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Mission Valley advances to State A Legion title game

Mission Valley advances to State A Legion title game

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GREAT FALLS – Mission Valley moved into the championship game of the State A American Legion baseball tournament with a 15-1 win over Belgrade on Sunday afternoon.

The Mariners face Glasgow on Monday at 10 a.m. If they win that game, they’d force a deciding game at 2 p.m. Both teams have qualified for the regional tournament in Burley, Idaho.

In Sunday’s other game, Glasgow eliminated Libby 16-6.

Glasgow 16, Libby 6

Glasgow used a seven-run fourth inning to take the win from Libby at Centene Stadium.

Andy Gardner and Zach Rodgers drove in three runs apiece for the Reds. Gardner also scored four runs.

Oliver Grupenhoff had two hits and an RBI for Libby.

Robert Henville pitched all seven innings for Glasgow to earn the win.

Libby 003 000 3 – 6 8 4

Glasgow 130 704 1 – 16 15 8

Micah Germany, Luke Haggerty (4) and Oliver Grupenhoff. Robert Henville and Gage Legare.

LIBBY – Luke Haggerty 1-2, Will Reichel 1-3, Jared Winslow 0-2, Germany 1-4, Grupenhoff 2-4, Nicholas Robertson 1-4, Andrew Haggerty 0-3, Joshua Foote 1-3, Cameron Burkes 1-2, Collin Johnson 0-1.

GLASGOW – Grant Legare 1-3, Gage Legare 1-2, Blayd Sanders 0-0, Jared Smith 0-0, Jes Hanks 0-0, Tom Leland 3-4, Wacy Ortman 0-4, Andy Gardner 3-4, Walter Dalbey 1-5, Zach Rodgers 2-3, Griffin Bengochea 2-3, Jonathan Koessl 2-3, Jacob Renner 0-1, Parker Kulczyk 0-0, Henville 0-0.

2B – Grupenhoff, Robertson, Gardner 2. 3B – L. Haggerty, Gardner, Bengochea. RBIs – Winslow, Grupenhoff, Robertson, Grant Legare, Gage Legare, Leland 2, Ortman, Gardner 3, Dalbey, Rodgers 3, Bengochea 2.

Mission Valley 15, Belgrade 1

Zeke Webster-Yaqui tossed a seven-inning two-hitter to lead the Mariners past the Outlaws and into the title game.

Webster-Yaqui, Justin Evertz and Chris Clary each drove in two runs. Jacob Young had three singles.

The Mariners also benfited from seven Belgrade errors.

M. Valley 006 034 2 – 15 11 1

Belgrade 000 000 1 – 1 2 7

Zeke Webster-Yaqui and Jack Humphreys. Chris Gilbreath, Chris Schreckengost (6), Brett Franklin (7) and Conner Switzer. W – Webster-Yaqui. L – Gilbreath.

MISSION VALLEY – Justin Evertz 2-6, Webster-Yaqui 1-4, Robbie Gauthier 2-6, Chris Clary 1-4, Jacob Young 3-4, Humphreys 0-3, Brad Pichler 0-3, Cole McArthur 0-3, Dalton Molzhon 2-3.

BELGRADE – Franklin 0-2, Chris Mitchell 0-2, Trevor Mahn 0-0, Switzer 1-3, Gilbreath 0-2, Schreckengost 0-1, Joshua Gier 0-1, John Hinkle 0-0, Joshua Browning 0-1, Jamis Olson 1-3, Koby Ruff 0-3.

2B – Gauthier, Molzhon, Switzer. RBIs – Evertz 2, Weber-Yaqui 2, Clary 2, Pichler, McArthur, Molzhon, Olson.

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