Lalum pitches complete game win over Angels

Andrew Lalum delivers a pitch to the plate during his complete game win over Billings.

Kyle Lee pops the ball in the air during a bunt attempt against the Billings Angels on Thursday evening at the Harold Gjerde Memorial Tournament at Ryan Sparks Field.                                                                                          

Photos by Doreen Heintz

Redbird Coach Scott Sparks (right) gives pitcher Andrew Lalum a few words of advice in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Angels. 

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Redbird pitcher Andrew Lalum pitched seven solid innings of four-hit baseball to give the Lewistown American Legion team a 4-2 win over the Billings Angels on Thursday. It was the first game of five the Redbirds are scheduled to play at the Harold Gjerde Memorial Tournament this weekend in Lewistown.
Lewistown jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, when Billings walked Cody Henderson and Kyle Lee. The two would eventually score when Isaac Fry and Lalum each singled.
Billings came back with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a walk, double and single. A great catch by Fry in left field for the first out in the inning stopped a run from scoring. After the two runs scored, Lalum got the final two outs on a strike out and fly out to himself.
Lewistown came right back in the bottom of the fourth. Kyle Lee walked to begin the Redbird rally. After Flynn Southworth struck out, Lee went to second base on a passed ball by the Billings’ catcher with Fry at the plate. When Fry walked, the Redbirds had runners on first and second with one out. An infield fly ball by Eric Knox gave the Angels their second out, but Lalum walked on four straight pitches to load the bases. Hunter Schell drove a single past a diving Billings’ shortstop to score Lee and Fry. The rally ended when Tyler Lee hit a fly ball to the Angels’ second baseman.
The rest of the game was dominated by pitching. Catcher Tyler Lee threw out a steal attempt by a Billings’ base-runner to end the top of the sixth inning.
Lalum had to dig deep in the top of the seventh inning, when the Angels threatened to score again. Lalum walked the first Angel batter and got the next batter to fly out for the first out. Billings had runners on first and second after shortstop Cody Henderson mishandled a ground ball for Lewistown’s only error of the game. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. With two out and a three-two count on the next batter, Lalum’s next pitch struck out the Billings batter looking for the final out of the contest.
In his seven innings of work, Lalum struck out eight Angel batters and walked only two. Billings pitchers walked nine Redbird hitters and only struck out six.

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