SPEARFISH — The Spearfish Sasquatch managed only three hits and lost to the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks 3-2 in Expedition League play Tuesday night in Spearfish.
“We didn’t hit the ball well early on, but by the end it was exciting baseball, and we really could’ve won. We missed some chances here and there. It takes a great play to end the game,” said Adam Core, the Sasquatch head coach. “You gotta tip your hat to the starting pitcher for those guys. We are the best base running team in the entire league, and he shut us down, not one bag (stolen base). That was a well deserved win on their end. They out-hit us and out-played us the whole game.”
Wheat City got things rolling in the top of the first inning.
Cody Kehl walked and scored on a double by Keegan Sueltz to put the Whiskey Jacks on top 1-0.
In the top of the third inning, Sueltz doubled and scored on a single by Austin Trahan to give the Whiskey Jacks a 2-0 lead.
There would be no more scores until the top of the sixth inning. Jace Bailey singled, and he would score on a single by Sueltz to increase Wheat City’s lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the sixth the Sasquatch finally got on the scoreboard on a solo home run by Grady Wright to cut the Whiskey Jacks lead to 3-1.
The Sasquatch loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. A Wright walk scored Westley, and the Sasquatch were within one run, 3-2.
Tucker Rowe hit a liner down the right field line that looked like it would drop and give the Sasquatch the win, but Wheat City’s right fielder made a diving catch and preserving the Whiskey Jacks win 3-2.
The Sasquatch were limited to three hits a solo home run by Wright, and hits by Westley and Matt Crossley.
Logan Wensley was the losing pitcher for Spearfish.
Wensley went five innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He two and struck out seven. Nick Dufoe, Jamie Roustio, and Brent Richey came on in relief for the Sasquatch.
Richey struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning.
The Sasquatch hosts Wheat City tonight in the team’s season finale at 7:05 p.m. at Black Hills Energy Stadium.
It is also Fireworks Night, which will take place after the game..
“We just want to see our guys play our brand of baseball. We need to be aggressive at the plate so when we get on base we can run, run, run, and do what we do well,” said Core. ”It’s gonna be nice to be in front of this crowd. It’s home for us, and we love playing here, so we’re going to do everything we can to give them a win.”
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