SPEARFISH — The Spearfish Sasquatch scored the final 12 runs Tuesday and blitzed the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks 17-5 in an Expedition League baseball game played Tuesday at Black Hills Energy Stadium, in Spearfish.
“We just had to continue to play clean baseball and defense,” said Spearfish head coach Adam Core, whose team broke a 5-5 tie after three innings. “We’re hitting the ball well.”
Wheat City scored once in the first inning, twice in the second, and twice in the third. Spearfish responded with two runs in the first frame and three in the second.
Zane Hunt scored on a Josue Rangel double in the fourth as Spearfish went ahead 6-5. Jake Gray followed with an RBI single to plate Rangel and make the score 7-5.
The Sasquatch took an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Gray’s three-run home run — his second round tripper in as many games — scored Jaxon Rosencranz and Rangel ahead of him and propelled Spearfish to an 11-5 advantage. Two more runs made the score 13-5.
Rosencranz belted a solo home run in the eighth for Spearfish’s 17th and final run.
Rangel scored five runs and collected five hits for Spearfish (11-5). Gray plated three runs, collected five hits, and drove in seven runs.
Ben Larson earned the pitching win for Spearfish. Logan Wensley picked up the save.
Larson earned Core’s praise for his efforts.
Core said Larson endured a really rough outing in his last start, and he worked on building confidence and having a bit more focus in practice sessions.
“He gave up a couple of home runs, but he rebounded after that to get some quick outs,” Core said. “It’s just good for these guys because they’re earning it. They’re working so hard, getting extra swings every day.”
Wheat City’s Matt Duley took the pitching loss. Keegan Sueltz, Jackson Pokorney, and Dawson Forcella turned in one-run, two-hit efforts for the offense.
Spearfish runs: Josue Rangel 5, Jaxon Rosencranz 3, Jake Gray 3, Brent Richey 2, Grady Wright 1, Austin Mowrey 1, Zane Hunt 1, Chad Call 1.
Spearfish singles: Joe Yorke 3, Rangel 3, Gray 3, Mowrey 2, Hunt 2.
Spearfish doubles: Rangel 2, Rosencranz 1, Gray 1, Richey 1, Wright 1.
Spearfish home runs: Rosencranz 1, Gray 1.
Spearfish pitching: Ben Larson 5 innings, 5 runs, 7 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts; Riley McSherry 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts; Logan Wensley 3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.
These two teams will wrap up this three-game series today at 6:35 p.m. as the Sasquatch aims for its fifth straight win.
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