Posted 6/21/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Crosby’s American Legion baseball team rallied to tie Makoti from four runs down in the bottom of the seventh inning before allowing three runs in the 10th to fall 15-12 in the first game of a home doubleheader Thursday.
Makoti went on to sweep Crosby (1-8) after the Cubs had already lost twice a day earlier in Surrey.
The Mavericks loaded the bases in the 10th on two singles and a walk, then pulled through with consecutive two-out RBI singles off of Isaac Ellingson.
“Isaac had a gritty performance on the mound,” coach Monte Ellingson said. “He wasn’t on his ‘A’ game but hung in there.”
Down 12-8 in their final at-bat, the Cubs tied the score by striking for their second four-run inning of the game.
Tyler Harward and Troy Knudson led off the bottom of the seventh with walks, and Bradon Peterson singled to left to fill the bases.
Alex Bailey then reached base on a fielder’s choice in which a throwing error by the third baseman plated both Harward and Knudson for a 12-10 score.
With two out, Aidan Eriksmoen lined a single to center field that brought Peterson and Bailey around to tie the game.
“It was a very exciting comeback for us in the seventh,” Monte Ellingson said. “Big hit by Aidan to tie it.”
Crosby had held an 8-7 lead after four innings after Harward crushed a two-run double to center that turned into a “little league home run.” A throw home prompted Harward to motor to third, at which point the catcher launched the ball past the third baseman and into left field to clear the bags.
Evan Eriksmoen and Tyler Deering also collected RBI base hits earlier in the three-hour-long game.
The Mavericks left 18 runners on base in the game, compared to Crosby’s seven.
Makoti took the nightcap 21-2. Harward singled in Aidan Eriksmoen for one run, and Jaden Holm followed with a bases-loaded walk that plated Deering.
Bats silent at Surrey
The Surrey Blue Sox ran away with two home wins over Crosby on Wednesday last week, 9-1 and 15-0.
Joran Oien batted in Harward for Crosby’s single tally, in the final frame of the first game, in which starter Aidan Eriksmoen had held the Blue Sox to just four runs in the first five innings before four errors in the sixth inning led to five more runs.
“When we play defense and throw strikes, we can compete with most teams,” Monte Ellingson said. “When one or the other falters, we don’t do well.”
Ellingson said the highlight was a diving catch by Dejuan Jenkins in deep right-center field in the first game.
“Best catch I have seen in Legion baseball,” Ellingson said. “Dejuan has been playing great in center field.”
Harward and Aidan Eriksmoen each had two hits in the doubleheader. Oien reached base in three of his four plate appearances on a hit, walk and error.
Home games next week
The Cubs have added two home dates next week, Monday vs. Bismarck and Wednesday vs. Bottineau, both starting at 5 p.m.
Crosby’s games this week are on the road, Monday in Burlington and Thursday in Lansford.
Makoti 15, Crosby 12
Makoti 211 330 200 3 -- 15 20 3
Crosby 130 400 400 0 -- 12 9 10
Batteries: Austin Schenfisch, Albert Sween (3) and Dawson Brown; Isaac Ellingson and Evan Eriksmoen.
Makoti 21, Crosby 2
Crosby 0 0 0 2 -- 2 3 6
Makoti 3 3 6 9 -- 21 12 1
Batteries: Evan Eriksmoen, Dejuan Jenkins (4) and Isaac Ellingson, Alex Bailey (4); Clay Hornberger and Dawson Brown.
Surrey 9, Crosby 1
Crosby 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -- 1 6 6
Surrey 0 1 1 1 1 5 X -- 9 13 1
Batteries: Aidan Eriksmoen and Alex Bailey; Seth Aberle and Jesse Roberts.
Surrey 15, Crosby 0
Surrey 4 3 5 2 1 -- 15 13 1
Crosby 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 3 6
Batteries: Chase Hiller and Jesse Roberts; Alex Bailey, Grant Kocher (5) and Aidan Eriksmoen.