Redbirds have mixed success on Canadian road trip

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

It was a long road trip for the Lewistown American Legion baseball team. The Redbirds left on their six-day, eight-game road trip on Wednesday, April 22 and did not return to Lewistown until the afternoon of Monday, April 27. Because the Redbirds are now in the Northern District of Legion baseball, the team had to face four Canadian teams. In order to cut down on travel, the Redbirds faced the four teams in eight games played over four days.
Lewistown won three of their conference games, while losing five while in Canada. They were able to sweep the Mcleod Royals, 5-4, and 3-2, on Thursday, June 24. Picking up the wins on the mound for the Redbirds were Zach Jensen in game one and Cody Henderson in game two. Henderson pitched all seven innings in his win. Jensen also pitched seven innings, but the game went an additional inning when the two teams were tied, 4-4, after the seventh inning. Ben Kolar pitched the bottom of the eighth inning and didn’t allow a run or a hit to record the save.
Henderson led the Birds at the plate with three hits in game one. Jace Davis added two to give Lewistown a total of eight hits in the game one win. The Birds had only four hits in the second game, but were still able to come away with the win.
Lewistown started its tour of Canada in Vauxhall where they faced the Spurs. The Redbirds pounded out 13 hits for 13 runs in the first contest to take a 13-7 win. Tyler Lee struggled on the mound for the Birds, giving up seven runs in just one and two-thirds innings of work. Lee gave way to Noah Kirsch in the bottom of the second, and Kirsch pitched the rest of the way to pick up the win. Andrew Lalum was the leading hitter for Lewistown with three, including a home run.
In game two, Vauxhall scored a 13-4 win over the Birds. Seven Redbird errors contributed to the Lewistown loss. Lalum again led the Birds at the plate with three hits, including a double. Lee and Cordell Gallagher also had doubles in the loss.
From Fort Mcleod, the Redbirds traveled to Lethbridge to face the Miners. Lewistown topped the Miners, 8-4, in game one, but stumbled in game two to take a 7-10 loss. Again in the loss the Redbird defense failed, committing seven errors. Davis pitched five innings in game one to pick up the win, while Hunter Schell pitched six innings in the Bird loss. Lee had three hits, including a double in game one, while Isaac Fry led the Redbird offense in game two with three hits.
In their final stop of their road trip, the Redbirds lost two games to Medicine Hat. Both games were delayed until Sunday evening because of rain. The games did not finish in time for Lewistown to get to the border before it closed, causing them to have to spend an additional night in Medicine Hat.
The Knights won game one, 7-6, in eight innings and then defeated the Birds, 5-3, in the nightcap. On the mound for Lewistown in the first game was Lee and Thomas Ayers. Lee pitched four and 2/3 innings before giving way to Ayers who pitched the final three innings. Ayers was charged with the loss when the Knights pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Knox started for Lewistown in game two. He pitched five innings. Kolar finished the game for the Birds.
Lewistown had only five hits in game one, with no Redbird getting more than one hit. Davis, Knox and Schell had two hits each in game two.

June 26 - Game 1
Medicne Hat Knights 7,
Redbirds 6

                                       R  H  E
Redbirds      102  020 10-6  5  2
Knights     204 000 01-7  6  1

Batting                          ab    r   h  rbi
Eric Knox    5    1    1    1
Cody Henderson    5    0    1    0
Andrew Lalum    3    2    0    1
Tyler Lee    2    1    0    0
Jace Davis    2    0    0    0

Thomas Ayers    3    0    0    0

Noah Kirsch    2    0    2    3
Jake Clinton    3    0    1    1
Isaac Fry    3    1    1    0

Hunter Schell    2    1    1    1
Cordell Gallagher    1    0    0    0
Totals    29    6    5    4
3B: Schell; E: Lalum, Clinton; HBP: Lee, Davis.

Pitching          IP    H   R   ER  BB  S
Lee                4.67    6   6     6     6    0
Ayers             3.00   0   1     0     6     2
L: Ayers.

Game 2
Knights 5, Redbirds 3

                                       R  H  E
Redbirds      003  000 0-3   8  1
Knights     104 000  0-5  10  0

Batting                          ab    r   h  rbi
Isaac Fry    0    0    0      0
Cody Henderson    4    1    1    0
Andrew Lalum    3    1    0    0
Tyler Lee    3    0    1    0
Jace Davis    4    0    2    2

Thomas Ayers    3    0    0    0
Ben Kolar    0    0    0    0

Noah Kirsch    1    0    0    0
Jake Clinton    2    0    0    0
Cordell Gallagher    2    0    0    0
Eric Knox    2    0    2    0
Hunter Schell    3    1    2    0
Totals    27    3    8    2
SB: Clinton; E: Henderson; HBP: Fry, Clinton, Schell; SH: Fry.

Pitching          IP    H   R   ER  BB  S
Knox             5.00  10   5    3     3    0
Kolar             1.00   0    0    0     0    0
L: Knox.




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