Outlaws log rare pair of ties in LA tournament

It certainly is a rarity when a baseball games ends in a tie.

So when a team plays three games and two result in a tie, it is more than unusual.

Yet that was what occurred for the Miles City Outlaws over the weekend in the annual Firecracker Tournament in Los Angeles. They sandwiched a victory between two ties and carried a 1-0-2 record into today’s competition.

They opened with a 7-7 deadlock with the Orange County Tribe on Friday, followed by a 2-1 win over Bakersfield 17U on Saturday and then tied 1-1 with the Brea (California) Senators on Sunday.

The Outlaws, who are 29-17-2, were scheduled to play again today at noon Montana time.

In the opener, after the lengthy bus ride to L.A. that started Wednesday morning, the Outlaws took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Makenzie Gross.

However, although outfitting the Tribe 8-5, the Outlaws hurt themselves by giving up five walks, hitting five batters and committing four errors.

Still, they had a chance to win by rallying from a 6-4 deficit in the seventh. A two-run double by Gross and a run-scoring single by Thomas Ayers provided a 7-6 lead, only to have the Tribe tie it on a bases-loaded walk.

The Tribe seemed about to win the game, but the final two outs were recorded without the winning run crossing the plate.

Gross led the Outlaws with two hits and four RBIs. Ayers and Kasey Seyfert had two hits and Jace Notbohm doubled..

In Game 2, the Outlaws won a pitcher’s dual as Dylan Munroe threw the first six innings. He allowed one run, two hits and three walks while striking out 10. Seyfert pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for the save.

Bakersfield took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth only to have Miles City strike for two in the lower fourth. Seb Morrow singled and scored on a double by Quayde Shores, who stole third and came home on a wild pitch.

Shores led the way, going 2-for-2 with a walk, as the Outlaws outhit Bakersfield 4-2. Two Bakersfield pitchers combined for nine strikeouts.

Sunday’s game couldn’t produce a winner in eight innings. The lone Miles City run came on a triple that scored Jakob Kok, who was hit by a pitch. The Senators tied it with an unearned run in the fourth on an error, a hit batter and singles.

It was scoreless through the final four innings, but not without chances. The Outlaws loaded the bases in the eighth but couldn’t score and the game ended with two Senators on base in the bottom of the extra inning for a second tie.

Shane Sinclair and Kyle Nielson pitched four innings each. Sinclair allowed the one run, three hits and four walks, and Nielson gave up two hits and two walks while notching four strikeouts, including one to end the game.

The Firecracker Tournament continues through Wednesday.