Sasquatch drops 2 games to Pierre

Spearfish pitcher Brayden Spears throws a pitch during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Pierre Trappers at Hyde Stadium in Pierre. Photo by Scott Millard/Capital Journal

PIERRE — The Spearfish Sasquatch dropped a pair of seven-inning Expedition League baseball games to the Pierre Trappers, Tuesday, at Hyde Stadium in Pierre.

Spearfish fell 5-3 in the first game and 7-4 in the nightcap. In both games, the Sasquatch took the early lead only to falter in the sixth frame.

“We made some mistakes, and the mistakes came back to burn us,” Sasquatch head coach Adam Core said. “We definitely didn’t play our best tonight.”

Recaps follow.

Game One

Spearfish plated three runs in the second inning for the early lead.

Brent Richey’s one-out double scored Joe Yorke and put the Sasquatch ahead 1-0. Grady Wright singled with two outs to plate Richey and Brennan Bales for the 3-0 advantage.

The home standing Trappers used a three-run second inning to tie the score. Zane Phelps’ two-run single led the way.

Pierre gained the upper hand in the bottom of the sixth. Phelps singled to score Jonathan Boulaphinh and later crossed home plate on a Max Modeste single.

Spearfish went down in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Yorke’s one-run, two-hit effort led the Sasquatch offense. Riley McSherry was tagged with the pitching loss.

Joey Carterman claimed the pitching win for the Trappers. Boulaphinh scored two runs; Phelps finished with one run and three hits.

Spearfish runs: Joe Yorke 1, Brent Richey 1, Brennen Bales 1.

Spearfish singles: Grady Wright 1, Yorke 1, Bales 1.

Spearfish doubles: Yorke 1, Richey 1.

Spearfish pitching: Brayden Spears 4 innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts; Riley McSherry 2 innings, 2 runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts.

Game Two

Austin Mowrey’s single scored Sam Waterman and gave Spearfish a 1-0 lead in the third inning. 

Joe Yorke belted a three-run home run over the right-field fence two batters later. Mowrey, Z Westley, and Yorke came home as the Sasquatch edge grew to 4-0.

“We just capitalized on good pitches,” Core said in describing that success. “We were putting the ball in play a lot better.”

Pierre got on the scoreboard in the fifth. Billy Moreland lofted a sacrifice fly to plate Ken Scott and bring the Trappers within 4-1.

The Trappers erupted for six runs in the sixth to take the lead for good, at 7-4. Tate Ellison hit a bases-loaded home run over the center-field fence to highlight the charge. Zane Phelps, Nick Grossman, and Scott scored ahead of Ellison.

Spearfish used two walks and a hit batsman to load the bases with two outs in the seventh. However, a groundout ended the game.

Waterman, Mowrey, Westley, and Yorke each scored one run and added one hit for Spearfish. Dylan High was tagged with the pitching loss.

Jerson Morales gained the pitching win for Pierre. Scott scored twice and had a hit; Ellison finished with three hits.

Spearfish runs: Austin Mowrey 1, Z Westley 1, Joe Yorke 1, Sam Waterman 1.

Spearfish doubles: Josue Rangel 1, Waterman 1.

Spearfish home runs: Yorke 1.  

Spearfish pitching: Zac Filos 5 1/3 innings, 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts; Dylan High 2/3 inning, 4 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

The Sasquatch is now 18-10 on the season and has an off day today before finishing the Pierre series on Thursday. 

Spearfish will host Casper on Friday.

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