CABA World Series: MC Outlaws win 1, lose 1

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Abe Winter
Star Staff Writer
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The first three games of the CABA 14U World Series in Miles City produced the good, the somewhat bad and, well, one to forget.

It turned out to be a bittersweet day for the host Miles City Outlaws 14U team, which staged an amazing comeback and then was shut out.

Miles City trailed by six runs before rallying to beat Glendive Sons of Pitches 10-7 at Tedesco Field.

A few hours later the Outlaws were blanked 8-0 by a smooth-looking En Fuego of Seattle at Connors Stadium.

Earlier in the day, in the tourney’s first game, a talented Montana 406 Elite team cruised past the Casper Young Guns 18-2.

That set the stage for today’s schedule with all games at Connors Stadium. The first matchup — En Fuego vs. 406 Elite — may be an indication of what to see in the championship game Monday. It started at 10:30 a.m., followed at 1 p.m. by En Fuego vs. the Young Guns.

The Outlaws, who have a 32-5-1 record, have two games today, playing the Billings Crushers at 3:30 p.m. and the Young Guns at 8 p.m.. In between is a skills competition of running relays at 6:30 p.m.

Games Saturday are at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday’s games are at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday’s games are at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., the latter being the title game.

In romping to its victory, 406 Elite opened the tourney with 12 runs in the first inning. The 406 Elite team, comprised of five players from Great Falls, five from Butte, two from Missoula and one from Belgrade, added six more runs before the game was halted after four innings by the 10-run rule.

Bridger Johnson was the winning pitcher for 406 Elite.

The most enjoyable game of opening day in the six-team round-robin preliminaries was the show put on by the rallying Outlaws. Down 7-1 and appearing to be in disarray, the Outlaws scored two runs in the third, added four in the fourth and then won it with three in the fifth.

A double by catcher Tel Aune started the winning rally. Singles by Jacob Hurt and Shane Rickert were followed by walks to Nate Gallo and Titus Mahan — all before an out was recorded — to produce a 9-7 lead. The 10th run scored on a groundout off the bat of Austin Wheadon before the inning ended on a double play.

Mahan came on in relief of starter Logan Gilmore and got the win by shutting down Glendive over the final four innings. He allowed one unearned run while giving up three hits and one walk. He struck out four.

“He came in and shut the door,” Outlaws coach Nelson Walker said in praise of Mahan. “We came back. We didn’t quit. We finally took control and strung a couple of hits together.”

“I just had to pitch well,” Mahan said. “My defense definitely worked behind me. But we want to play better, that’s for sure.”

One rarity regarding the game was that the 10 runs were scored by 10 different players in a game halted by the time limit after 5 1/2  innings.

Both teams had eight hits with Dylan Nieskens leading the way, going 2-for-3. Kade Mosely doubled and drove home three runs.

Code Knoll and Cash Lakin led the Sons of Pitches with two hits each; Lakin had three RBIs.

En Fuego, which flew to Billings and then drove to Miles City, held the Outlaws to three hits behind the pitching of Liam Moe and Nate Rasmusson.

Noah Kubo, the diminutive leadoff hitter, led En Fuego by going 3-for-3 and scoring the first three runs. He had half the team’s six hits.

“Starting it off, just getting on base to get them started,” was Kubo’s description of his role. Asked what his batting average was, he shrugged and added, “We don’t keep track of that.”

En Fuego coach Erik Forgione called Kubo “a great table setter” at the top of the order.

“That’s a good team,” Walker said. “We hung with them for four four innings and then we had that two-out letdown.”

That would be the fifth when En Fuego scored six runs in batting around its lineup. That made it 8-0 and the game was halted after the Outlaws failed to to score in the lower fifth.

“We’ve got a good program, a lot of good players,” Forgione said.

As for the tournament, Forgione calls it “a great experience for our guys.

“Any World Series is going to be awesome. This is the first time our guys have traveled this far and played under the lights.”

(Contact Abe Winter at starcity@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Please see the the photo gallery CABA World Seriesfor more photos)

 

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