Jensen pitches gem against Great Falls Chargers
Redbird outfielder Cordell Gallagher throws the ball to the cutoff man during the Redbirds’ game against the Tri-County Cardinals on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Barb Stratman Photographs
Redbird pitcher Zach Jensen got the Lewistown American Legion team off to a good start on Wednesday when he gave up only one run on seven hits as the Redbirds defeated the Great Falls Chargers A team, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader at Ryan Sparks Field. Jensen scattered the seven hits over his seven innings of work. The Redbirds were errorless in the field. Hunter Schell led the Redbird attack on offense with two hits. A Tyler Lee double scored one run for the Birds, and Jace Davis was credited with the other RBI.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Davis started the game for the Redbirds before giving way to Ben Kolar in the top of the fifth inning. Kolar worked the final three innings to pick up the win when Andrew Lalum tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the seventh and Thomas Ayer’s sacrifice fly scored the winning run in the 6-5 victory. Lee added two hits, including a double, for the Birds.
On Friday night at home, the Redbirds showed a Jekyll and Hyde personality against the Lethbridge Miners. In the first game, Lewistown trounced the Miners, 16-6, in five innings, but lost the second game, 3-16, in five innings.
Picking up the win for Lewistown in game one was Hunter Schell, who pitched all five innings and scattered seven hits. The Redbird offense was out in full force with Eric Knox, Cody Henderson and Lalum picking up two hits each. Knox and Lee each had three RBIs, while Knox crossed the plate for four runs.
In the second game, Lewistown found itself down by 13 runs heading into the bottom of the first inning. Lee started the game on the mound for the Redbirds. He failed to get any of the Miners out, while giving up seven runs on five hits. Ayers replaced Lee with no outs in the first but he also could not get an out. Nate Kinderski came to the mound with the Birds already down by 10 runs. He lasted for an inning and two-thirds before being replaced by Flynn Southworth, who finished the game for the Birds.
Meanwhile, the Miner pitchers held Lewistown to five hits and three runs. Cordell Gallagher was the only Redbird to get more than one hit against Lethbridge.
On Saturday, Lewistown made the short jaunt to Conrad to take on the Tri-County Cardinals. In the first game of the conference doubleheader, the Redbirds led 4-0 heading into the fifth inning. The Cardinals scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth and added a single run in the bottom of the seven to walk off with the win over the Redbirds.
Lee led Lewistown with two hits in the contest, including a double. He also had two RBIs for the Redbirds. Knox pitched five innings for Lewistown, while Ben Kolar finished the game on the mound.
The Redbirds came back with a vengeance in game two. They pounded out 12 hits and scored 16 runs, including 11 in the top of the first inning, to win 16-3 in five innings. Henderson picked up the win for Lewistown, pitching all five innings. He allowed only two earned runs on three hits. Schell had four hits, including a triple, in the win for the Redbirds. He also had a total of eight RBIs in the contest. Knox and Henderson crossed the plate with three runs each.
Fort Macleod today
The Redbirds continue conference play today (Wednesday) when they host the Fort Macleod Royals at Ryan Sparks field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., followed by a second game at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Lewistown travels to Havre to take on the North Stars at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The Redbirds then host the North Stars on Sunday at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The regular season for the Birds concludes next week.
Heading into this week’s games, the Redbirds have a 33-24 record.