Mavs split twinbill with Dawson County

Star Staff

This time the games were closer.

 The Miles City Mavericks defeated the Dawson County Blue Devils 6-5 to salvage a split of the American Legion baseball doubleheader Thursday in Glendive.

 Dawson County won the first game 8-7 by scoring four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.

 The Mavericks (5-3) had played two games shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule on Tuesday, losing 15-5 and then winning 11-1 at home against Richland County (Sidney).

Jacob Swope singled home the winning run for the Mavericks in the sixth inning of Game 2 after they had blown a three-run lead, just as they did in the opener.

This time they held on behind winning reliever Kip Krebsbach, who pitched two scoreless innings while striking out three, issuing one walk and allowing one hit. Nathan Zard pitched the first five innings.

Swope also doubled in going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Teammate Clay Prell was 1-for-4, drove in two runs and scored twice. The Mavericks had only five hits, the others being singles by Mason Dinardi and Deven Doughty.

Miles City stole eight bases, three by Swope and two by Dinardi.

The Mavericks trailed 2-0 after one inning before scoring four times in the second when the key hits were delivered by Crell and Swope.

Dawson County scored one in the third and two in the fifth to tie it at 5, but couldn’t garner the sweep despite amassing 11 hits.

In Game 1, the Blue Devils took advantage of nine walks.

Driving in runs for the Mavericks were Krebsbach, Matthew Regan, Prell, Jared Bellows, Jess Bellows and Reilly Conley. They outhit the Blue Devils 9-6, but trailed 6-4 after surrendering four runs in the sixth.

Miles City scored three times in the top of the seventh to get within three outs of victory and were within one out in the bottom of the inning. But the host team scored twice to end the game. All told, they had one hit and four walks in their final at-bat.

Jared Bellows tripled and doubled, and the other seven hits were divided among seven players. Jess Bellows also tripled and Doughty and Krebsbach each had a double.