PIERRE — The Spearfish Sasquatch ended the first half of its Expedition League baseball season Thursday night by falling 3-1 to the Pierre Trappers. Hyde Stadium in Pierre hosted the contest.
“Pierre had the timely hits, and we didn’t,” said Sasquatch head coach Adam Core, whose team dropped its third straight game. “We left too many guys on base today.”
Core said the pitchers gave the team a chance to win. Four pitchers combined for two walks and 11 strikeouts on the night.
Z Westley doubled to start Spearfish’s half of the second inning. He scored on Brent Richey’s one-out single as the Sasquatch moved ahead 1-0.
Pierre needed only one at-bat in the bottom of the second to tie the score, as Nick Altermatt hit a solo home run.
The home standing Trappers gained the upper hand in the third. Michael Herrera led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch to put Pierre ahead 2-1.
Pierre added an insurance run in the sixth. Nick Grossman laced a leadoff single and scored on a two-out passed ball for the 3-1 Trappers’ lead.
Jaxon Rosencranz and Josue Rangel hit one-out singles in the eighth. The runners advanced one base on a wild pitch. However, a strikeout and popout ended the threat.
Spearfish went down in order in the ninth to end the game.
Westley turned in a one-run, two-hit effort for Spearfish, which also received three hits from Richey. Ben Larson was tagged with the pitching loss.
Pierre’s Dom Parkhurst earned the pitching win. Herrera, Altermatt, and Grossman turned in one-run, one-hit efforts for the Trappers’ offense.
Core said Spearfish batters swung at pitches early in the count. He added players were not selective during those stages.
Spearfish runs: Z Westley 1.
Spearfish singles: Brent Richey 3, Josue Rangel 2, Jaxon Rosencranz 1, Joe Yorke 1, Westley 1.
Spearfish doubles: Westley 1.
Spearfish pitching: Ben Larson 5 innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts; Dillon Holiday 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts; Logan Hewitt 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts; Brennen Bales 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.
The Sasquatch ended the first half of the season at 18-11.
“All things considered, I think there’s a lot to be positive about,” Core said in reviewing the first half. He added the team is swinging the bats well, the bullpen has performed really well, and the starting pitching has been really good at times.
The Sasquatch will host the Casper Horseheads in a three-game homestand. Today’s game begins at 6:35 p.m., with Saturday’s contest beginning at 6:35 p.m. and the Sunday game getting underway at 3:35 p.m.
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