BILLINGS - The Class AA Missoula Mavericks didn't get to play at Dehler Park as originally scheduled Saturday, but the Mavs did manage to beat one of the teams expected to contend for this year's American Legion baseball state title.
After a car accident early Saturday morning at the Magic City's new home of the Pioneer League's Billings Mustangs, the Mavericks' contest with the Billings Royals was moved to Pirtz Field, where Missoula earned a 9-6 victory.
"The guys were a little disappointed," said Mavs manager Brent Hathaway. "They really wanted to play in Dehler. But they came out and played good baseball anyway."
Missoula center fielder Ben Roberts smacked his fifth home run of the season and added a double in pacing the Mavs' 11-hit afternoon. Brody Miller was 3-for-5 with a double and Steven DeYoung and Riley King drove in two apiece for Missoula (13-1).
Mavericks starting pitcher Andrew Sopko improved to 2-0 by throwing six innings and allowing six hits and a walk while striking out six. Brent Daugherty worked a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.
Blake Loran doubled twice and drove in one for the Royals.
The Mavs stay in Billings to face the Royals in a doubleheader Sunday at 10 a.m.
Missoula 202 041 000 - 9 11 5
Billings 030 012 000 - 6 6 3
Andrew Sopko, Shawn McArthur (7), Brent Daugherty (9) and Steven DeYoung. Mike Sulser, Hunter Kovash (6) and Tony LaGaly. W - Sopko (2-0). L - Susler. S - Daugherty (1)
MISSOULA - Ben Roberts 4-5, Brody Miller 3-5, Kendal Maier 0-4, DeYoung 1-1, Riley King 1-4, Robby King 1-4, David Resner 0-4, Nathan Jewett 0-4, Matt McMann 1-5.
BILLINGS - Luke Reinschmidt 1-4, Jordan Kern 0-5, Sorinson 0-4, LaGaly 0-4, Blake Loran 2-4, Josh Benjamin 1-4, Vasey Stark 0-4, Evan Bower 2-4, Caleb Greenfield 0-1.
2B - Roberts, Miller, Ro. King, Loran 2. HR - Roberts (5). RBIs - Robnerts, DeYoung 2, Ri. King 2, McMann, Reinschmidt, Loran, Bower, Greenfield.
A Mavs win two
The Class A Missoula Mavericks took a pair of nonconference wins from Glacier at Lindborg-Cregg Field, winning the opener 9-4 and the nightcap by forfeit.
Kyle Booi was 3-for-3 and Luke Bewley was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles in the opener. Stuart Breckenridge (2-1) pitched the first six innings to earn the win.
The Mavs were ahead 7-0 in the second inning of the second game when the Glacier coach was ejected. Because Glacier has just one coach, the Twins were forced to forfeit the game.
Taylor Beierle got credit for the win to improve to 2-0.
Missoula, 9-3, hosts Kalispell Sunday at 1 p.m.
Missoula 9, Glacier 4
Glacier 210 000 1 - 4 12 2
Missoula 040 203 x - 9 11 4
Garrett Houston, Conner Donahue (6) and Jim Jumper. Stuart Breckenridge, Shane Olson (7) and Luke Bewley. W - Breckenridge (2-1). L - Houston.
Red Sox take two at home
At Hamilton, the Red Sox took a doubleheader sweep from Livingston to stay undefeated, posting an 11-8 win in the first game and an 8-4 victory in the second.
In game one, catcher Austin Allen went 2-for-2 with a home run and Ryan Weigle smacked a two-run homer to lead Bitterroot. Jake Lindquist pitched a complete game and worked out of a couple jams, giving up seven hits to earn the win.
In game two, Weigle claimed the win while allowing one run and striking out five. He also went 3-for-3 with a home run and three runs batted in.
The Red Sox improved to 10-0 and travel to Salmon, Idaho, for a doubleheader Sunday.
Red Sox 11, Livingston 8
Livingston 204 000 2 - 8 7 3
Bitterroot 105 140 x - 11 11 2
Ron Kurschner and Trent Birge. Jake Lindquist and Austin Allen. W - Lindquist. L - Kurschner.
Red Sox 8, Livingston 4
Livingston 003 000 1 - 4 5 4
Bitterroot 003 122 x - 8 9 4
Riley Kurschner, Tanner Hall (5) and Trent Birge. Nolan Bullan (2), Ryan Weigle (3) and Austin Allen. W - Kurschner. L - Weigle.
Bucs sweep Dillon
At Florence, the Bucs cruised to an 11-1 win over Dillon in the first matchup and a 14-3 victory in the second game of the doubleheader to sweep the Cubs.
Zach Blackstun went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs and Austin Erler added a triple to lead Bitterroot in game one.
Pitcher Jeremy Johnson went 3-for-3 in the second game and catcher Billy Hanna added a double and a single for the Bucs, who moved to 5-3.
Dillon's Andy Peterson had two hits to lead the Cubs.
The Bucs travel to Butte on Sunday.
Bucs 11, Cubs 1
Dillon 000 01 - 1 2 5
Bitterroot 226 01 - 11 7 1
Luke Renfree, Robbie Miller (4) and Robert Walsh. Austin Erler, Robert Llewelyn (5) and Billy Hanna. W - Erler. L - Renfree.
Bucs 14, Cubs 3
Dillon 030 00 - 3 8 3
Bitterroot 510 8x - 14 8 0
Pierce Pendleton, Donavan Hucke (4), Matt Basile (5) and Robert Walsh. Jeremy Johnson, Austin Nogle (5) and Hanna . W - Johnson. L - Hucke.
Mission Valley wins
At Eureka, Mission Valley's A team and B team posted wins over Kootenai Valley.
Mission Valley A won 12-1 and the B squad claimed a 9-4 victory.
Mission Valley hosts Glacier on Sunday.