After losing a double header to Kidder County on June 22, 15-1 and11-1, the Legion team came back and took two the next night from Stanley.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Herald
After losing a double header to Kidder County on June 22, 15-1 and11-1, the Legion team came back and took two the next night from Stanley. Stanley came into the game with a 2-7 record. The difference in the two Stanley games was like the difference between night and day. The first game resembled what one thinks a baseball game should be like, low scoring, good pitching, decent defense and finished in a timely manner, 75 minutes. The second game had the scoring of a football contest.
In the first game Braxon Yates started for the home town Bears and Jayd Rice for Stanley. Both went the distance with strong performances. Bears got a run in the second on three straight singles with Jarad Mattis driving in the run. They added another run in the third as Damon Mellmer singled and eventually scored on a throwing error by the Stanley catcher. Their final run was in the sixth as Hudson Pierce led off with a double and scored three batters later on an infield ground out.
Yates finished with a four-hitter in the 3-1 win and lost his shut-out in the last inning with two outs. He walked five and struck out four. Rice gave up seven hits, struck out four and issued only one walk.
Although entertaining, the second game had all the negative parts of baseball. Too many walks, physical and mental errors and batters hit by pitches. There were also six pitching changes. The game started innocently enough as Stanley had a 4-1 lead after three innings. The Bears jumped out to a 5-4 after scoring four times in the top of the fourth. But Stanley struck back with nine runs in their half of the fourth and all runs being scored after two outs. Fourteen batters came to the plate as they received four walks, one hit batsman, three errors and only four hits. Damon Mellmer was pitching for the Bears and just didn’t have his stuff. He faced 11 batters in that fourth inåning before being relieved by Mattis. He was struggling all and issued eight walks
But the Bears were not done as they had their own barn burner stanza in the final inning scoring nine times to take an 18-14 lead. Brandon Pierce set the Stanley batters down in order in the seventh to preserve the wåin.
H. Pierce led the Bears with five hits followed by Yates, Mellmer and Ryan Sime who each recorded three hits. H. Pierce also had four runs batted in (RBI).