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By Lih-An Yang
The Courier 

Reds Baseball: Close Losses and Blowout Wins In Billings

Heading To First Home Game At 3-3

 

Georgie Kulczyk / For The Courier

Third baseman Dylan Guttenberg was named Hi-Line Ford Athlete of the Week for his clutch offense and solid defense during the Reds' 4-game weekend in Billings.

In the opening round of conference games in Billings on May 30-31, the Glasgow Reds found themselves duplicating results with two different teams. The Reds A played the Billings Cardinals for a double header on Saturday, and the Billings Blue Jays on Sunday.

The Reds took a close loss, 4-3, in the first game of each double header. They followed with big wins in round two.

The hometown fans shall look forward to the Reds' first home game, scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The Miles City Mavericks currently holds a 2-1 non-conference record, all against the Bozeman Spikes.

Reds 3, Billings Cardinals 4

The Reds got on board first with two runs at the top of the first inning, as leadoff batter Keil Krumwiede walked and Dylan Guttenberg followed with an RBI single. As Gage Legare reached base on error, Guttenberg scored in the second run.

The Cardinals answered right back at the bottom of the second inning with a two-out rally, scoring three runs with passed balls and fielding error. Another two-out rally at the bottom of the fifth, and the Cards jumped to a 4-2 lead.

The Reds loaded the bases at the top of the seventh with consecutive singles by Krumwiede and Guttenberg, and Jason Thibault was hit by a pitch. However, only one run was scored as Jake Kolstad hit a two-out fly, and Legare followed with an RBI single which scored Krumwiede.

Starting pitcher Ryan Padden recorded the loss. He pitched six innings and allowed eight hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Billings pitchers Greg Aurdriold and Sam Berry together allowed six hits, six walks and struck out five.

Of notable batting performance was Dylan Guttenberg, who bats second in the lineup. He got on base four times with two hits and two walks. He singled in the first and seventh innings.

Reds 17, Billings Cardinals 0

Pitcher Jason Thibault shut down the Cardinals in game two as he completed all seven innings, allowing only one hit while striking out 11 and walking five.

The Reds powered 17 hits, walked seven times and struck out four times. The Cards' Taylor Musgrave took the loss after pitching five innings.

The Reds scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the fourth and nine in the seventh.

Reds 3, Billings Blue Jays 4

The Blue Jays won this hard-fought game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth.

The Reds' Ryan Padden reached base four times, as he drew two walks and hit a single in the second and fourth inning.

The Reds got on board first at the top of the first after lead-off Krumwiede was hit by pitcher Pearce Kurth, and later scored on an error by catcher.

The Blue Jays evened the game right back at the bottom of the first. Their lead-off batter drew a walk from starting pitcher Krumwiede, and scored home after the Blue Jays connected on a couple of grounders.

The Blue Jays scored again with two runs at the bottom of the fourth after Krumwiede gave up a single, a triple and a double. He managed to strike out the last two batters to get out of the jam. The Blue Jays were up, 3-1.

The Reds finally capitalized on loaded bases at the top of the sixth, as Sam Schultz and Padden walked and Tyler Hersom hit a single to the right field. Schultz scored on a passed ball and Padden scored the tying run with Krumwiede's sac fly.

Krumwiede got out of another base-loaded jam at the bottom of the seventh as crucial plays were made at home by catcher Gage Legare. That sent the game to extra innings.

Gabe LaGree came out of the bull pen for the Reds at the top of the eighth .

The Reds missed another scoring opportunity, however, at the top of the eighth after loading the bases.

The game remained tied at 3-3 and went to the tenth inning. Blue Jays' Sam Evenson became the hero with his walk-off single that scored Dawson S., who had reached first base with an error in the left field.

The Reds had ten hits total, walking eight times and striking out ten at-bats.

Krumwiede pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits, five walks and six strikeouts.

Gabe LaGree pitched three innings and allowed one run on one hit and four walks.

Reds 11, Blue Jays 3

In his first outing pitching for the Reds A team, Kasey Seyfert got the win with a strong performance on the mound. He allowed three runs over seven innings by giving up six hits, striking out five and walking two.

After four innings, the Blue Jays were up 3-2. What started out as another tight game blew open at the top of the fifth as the Reds sparked up their offense and took advantage of the Blue Jays' errors.

The leadoff Guttenberg scored on an RBI bases-loaded single by Krumwiede, a two-run error sent Thibault and Blake Mattfeldt home, an RBI single by Padden scored Krumwiede, and Schultz and Mattfeldt got home on a two-run single by Guttenberg who had two hits in the inning. Batting through the lineup later, Padden and Guttenberg got home on a steal and a passed ball.

The eight-run inning gave Seyfert plenty of cushion to finish his work on the mound.

The Reds scored 11 runs on ten hits, four walks and eight strikeouts. The Blue Jays rotated through four pitchers; Jake Orvis picked up the loss.

 

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