Lewistown 10U team finishes second

By: 
Doreen Heint
Sports Editor

The Lewistown 10U Junior Redbirds pose with their second-place trophy from this weekend. Participants medals for all the players at the tournament, along with first- and second-place trophies in both age divisions, were made by HCR, Inc.
Photo by Doreen Heintz

The Lewistown 10U baseball team defeated three opponents and tied a fourth during pool play on Friday and Saturday at the Lewistown Invitational Cal Ripken 10U and 12U Tournament at the d’Autremont Complex. In their first game of the tournament, the Junior Redbirds built a large lead over the Great Falls Lightning and defeated the Lightning 18-10. Saturday the Junior Redbirds played three games. At noon, Lewistown tied the Capital City Outlaws 11-11 before coming back to defeat the Belgrade Bandits 21-13 and the Glendive All-Stars 12-2 under the lights.

The three wins and one tie gave the Junior Redbirds the top seed in the single-elimination bracket tournament on Sunday. Lewistown defeated Great Falls 18-10 in semifinal play to advance to the championship contest against Belgrade. Despite playing a tough defensive game, the Junior Redbirds fell to Belgrade, 7-1.

“I am really proud of these boys,” said Junior Redbird Coach Scott Sparks. “They improved dramatically from our first tournament in Bozeman three weeks ago, especially defensively and at the plate. We had a hard time scoring runs in Bozeman, and this weekend, outside of one game, we were able to score enough runs to more than help our pitching and made most of the routine plays.

“Beating Belgrade on Saturday gave them the confidence to know they can play with the best 10U teams in Cal Ripken,” added Sparks. “Hopefully over the next two weeks we continue to improve and be very competitive at state.”

The 10U Junior Redbird team will play in the eastern side of the Cal Ripken 10U State Tournament on July 14-17 in Glasgow.

Following are the scores for all the 10U games in Lewistown’s tournament

Friday

Lewistown Junior Redbirds 18, Great Falls Lightning 10

Belgrade Bandits 22, Capital City Outlaws 13

Glendive All-Stars 18, Great Falls Lightning 14

Saturday

Belgrade Bandits 17, Great Falls Lightning 2

Glendive All-Stars 8, Capital City Outlaws 3

Lewistown Junior Redbirds 11, Capital City Outlaws 11

Belgrade Bandits 13, Glendive All-Stars 5

Lewistown Junior Redbirds 21, Belgrade Bandits 13

Capital City Outlaws 20, Great Falls Lightning 1

Lewistown Junior Redbirds 12, Glendive 5

Sunday

Capital City Outlaws 26, Great Falls Lightning 16

Belgrade Bandits 10, Glendive All Stars 8

Lewistown Redbirds 17, Capital City Outlaws 2

Belgrade Bandits 7, Lewistown Redbirds 1 (championship)

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