Post 164 falls to Sturgis Post 33 7-0

Spearfish Post 164 hitter Cody Garness swings at a pitch during an American Legion baseball game earlier this season at Black Hills Energy Stadium, in Spearfish. Tonight Post 164 hosts Miles City, Mont. in a doubleheader, in Spearfish. The first game starts at 5:30 p.m. with the second game starting 30 minutes after completion of the first game. Pioneer file photo

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STURGIS — Spearfish Post 164 pitchers gave Sturgis Post 33 free bases and the Titans came up with timely hits and excellent pitching to defeat Spearfish 7-0 Monday night at Strong Field, in Sturgis.

“We played pretty well. We had good pitching,” said Wade Huntington, Post 33’s head baseball coach. “We didn’t play error free baseball, we had a couple of errors mixed in there, but our pitching trumped the errors, and timely hitting to make sure we could put some runs on the board, and we weren’t messing around in a one or two run game where those errors seem to be magnified.”

In the top of the first, Spearfish got singles from Taylor Woods and Connor Glassford, but  both runners were left stranded on base.

Sturgis had two runners in the bottom of the first, but Post 164 recorded the final out to keep the game scoreless.

In the bottom of the second, Josh West walked and Carl Nash reached on an error. Both runners advanced a base after an errant throw. 

Colton Cruickshank walked to load the bases. Kelton Olson reached on an infield hit scoring West, and giving the Titans a 1-0 lead.

Nash scored on a passed ball to give Sturgis a 2-0 lead after two innings.

Spearfish got two runners on base in the top of the third on singles by Cody Garness and Drew Gusso, but again Post 164 left both runners stranded on base.

 The score stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Zach Hess drove in Cruickshank and Dustin Allen to put Sturgis on top 4-0. David Anderson then doubled, scoring Hess, and the Titans lead 5-0 lead after four innings.

Sturgis added two more runs on RBI singles by John Fischer and Hess, and Sturgis increased its lead to 7-0, and that would be the final score of the game.

Glassford had two hits for Spearfish.

Woods was the losing pitcher giving up three runs in four innings. Connor Comer and Alec Sundsted came on in relief for Post 164.

Nash and Cruickshank scored two runs each for the Titans.

Tristan Walter pitched a complete game to pick up the wins for the Titans.

Walter allowed no runs, seven hits, walked none and struck out nine. 

Sturgis improves to 15-8 on the season.

“I want to see our team keep improving and do a much better job of putting all of the fundamentals together, and the practicing they’ve been taught and shown and start to use those far more often than not. We are just so inconsistent,” Huntington said.

An attempt to reach Spearfish Post 164 coach Zane Roduner was unsuccessful.

Spearfish, 4-24, hosts Miles City tonight in a doubleheader at Black Hills Energy Stadium, in Spearfish.

First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.

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