State Baseball: Bitterroot Edges Glacier in Class A Championship

Glacier advanced to Monday night's championship after defeating Laurel 8-2 in the third-place game

By Dillon Tabish

The Bitterroot Red Sox defended their Class A state championship with a win over the Glacier Twins in the legion baseball title game on Monday.

The Red Sox tallied 17 hits and held off the relentless Twins 9-7 at the legion baseball state tournament in Great Falls.

Glacier advanced to Monday night’s championship after defeating Laurel 8-2 in the third-place game.

Tristin Steinwand was 5-for-6 in the title game and Ryan Veneman was 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. AJ Wetsch had two hits and two RBI and Tyler Murphy and Vinnie Smith each had one RBI apiece.


Championship

Glacier  012  030  010  –  7  16  1

Bitterroot  013  401  000  –  9  17  5

Colten Parker, Jonny Sapa (3) and Vinnie Smith (9). Jonathan Ringer, Kyle Norman (5) and Tylor Nixon (8) W – Norman. L – Parker.

GLACIER – Tristin Steinwand 5-6, Max Smyley 1-3, James Sampson 0-6, Vinnie Smith 2-5, Jesse Walburn 1-5, AJ Wetsch 2-4, Derrek Kastella 0-5, Ryan Veneman 4-5, Tyler Murphy 1-5.

BITTERROOT – Austin Ray 3-5, Nate Loranger 2-4, Tylor Nixon 2-5, Jonathan Ringer 2-5, Justin Horvath 2-5, Joe Johnson 3-4, Kyle Norman 1-3, Chase Conner 0-1, Hunter Omlid 1-5, Tanner Golligoski 1-5.

2B – Steinwand, Walburn; Omlid, Ray. 3B – Veneman 2; Ray. RBIs – Murphy, Smith, Veneman 2, Wetsch 2; Horvath, Nixon, Norman, Johnson 2, Omlid 2, Ringer 2.

Third place game

Glacier  100  010  050  –  8  16  1

Laurel  000  011  000  –  2  6  2

Murphy and Smith (5). Hoke, Feller (6) and Schriver (8). W – Smith. L – Feller.

GLACIER – Steinward 3-6, Smyley 1-5, Sampson 2-6, Smith 1-4, Walburn 1-5, Wetsch 3-5, Kastella 2-4, Venneman 2-4, Murphy 1-3.

LAUREL – Hoke 0-4, O’Donnell 1-5, Cortese 1-3, Feller 1-2, Zeiler 0-1, Meier 0-4, McIlvain 1-3, West 0-4, Moran 3-4, Harper 0-1, Gordon 0-1.

2B – Sampson, Smith, Wetsch, Kastella 2; Moran. 3B – McIlvain. RBIs – Sampson, Walburn, Murphy 2, Smyley 2, Steinward 2.

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