The Daily Inter Lake
HAMILTON — The four-day break between the end of the regular season and the start of West A District Tournament play had little effect on top-seed Glacier Twins.
Coby Clark-Dickenson doubled (third inning), homered (first) and drove in four runs as the Twins whipped the Libby Loggers 13-3 in an American Legion baseball game shortened to five innings by the run rule.
Glacier tallied three runs in the first inning, two in the second, five in the third and closed with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Twins, winners of 12 straight, pounded out 17 hits.
Tom Hellwig, 4 for 4, Clark-Dickenson, 3 for 4, and Terek Bistodeau, 3 for 3, powered the explosive attack. The Twins have scored 10 or more runs in 11 of their last 14 games.
Bistodeau and Ryan Veneman had two RBIs each.
Doubling for Glacier were Dan Seymour and Veneman. Hellwig and Bistodeu had triples.
Zach Veneman pitched the first four innings to get the win. He allowed six hits, struck out four and walked three.
The Loggers scattered six hits. C. Williams was 2 for 3 and doubled.
Shayne Walker and Tim Carvey also doubled for Libby.
“We did everything but run the bases well,” Twins coach Scott Murray said.
“Zach Veneman pitched very well.
“It was a really good (start) for us,” Murray added. “Libby had the bases loaded twice and couldn’t come, through. It could have been a little closer than it was.”
The Twins play Mission Valley today at 4 p.m.
Libby and Kalispell take the field at 10 a.m. in loser-out play.
The tournament ends Sunday. The top two teams advance to state play in Miles City Aug. 1-5.
Libby Loggers 010 11 — 3 6 3
Glacier Twins 325 03 — 13 17 2
WP—Zach Veneman; LP—Shayne Walker.
LIBBY LOGGERS — Tim Carvey 1-2, Jeff Offenbecher 0-1, Walker 1-2, Quade Anderson 1-3, C. Williams 2-3, Trey Thompson 1-3, Moxley Roesler-Bagalke 0-2, Austin McCully 0-1, Alex Svendsbye 0-1, Chris Auge 0-1, No. 2 0-1.
2B—Williams, Walker, Carvey; Seymour, R. Veneman, Clark-Dickenson; 3B—Hellwig, Bistodeau; HR—Clark-Dickenson; RBIs—Roesler-Bagalke; R. Veneman (2), Clark-Dickenson (4), Bistodeau (2), Schwaiger, Hellwig, Kobelt, Seymour.
Mission Valley Mariners 10
Kalispell Lakers 8
HAMILTON — Five errors and 11 runners left on base prevented Kalispell from topping Mission Valley in first-round district tournament play.
Kalispell outhit Mission Valley 10-3, but couldn’t capitalize on scoring opportunities.
Jack Corriveau, 2 for 3, Connor Drish, 2 for 5, Payton Davisson, 2 for 5, and Grant Marsh, 2 for 4, led the Lakers offense.
Davisson doubled and drove in four runs.
Jack Corriveau and Ryan McDonald had the other doubles for Kalispell.
The two teams played seven times this season with the Mariners winning four.
Mission Valley advances to play the Glacier Twins today at 4 p.m.
The Lakers drop into loser-out action with the Loggers at 10 a.m.
Mission Valley 301 021 3 — 10 3 1
Kalispell Lakers 200 400 2 — 8 10 5
WP—Dylan Wisnieski; LP—Ryan McDonald.
MISSION VALLEY MARINERS — Dalbey 1-3, Petticrew 1-5, Gillingham 0-4, Corbin Davis 3-4, Wisnieski 0-4, Dolence 1-3, Bryant Hales 1-4, Merganthaler 0-3, Xavier Fisher 3-4.
KALISPELL LAKERS — Ben Corriveau 1-2, Connor Drish 2-5, Payton Davisson 2-5, Thomas O’Connell 0-2, McDonald1-3, Ryan Galvan 0-1, Nate Kelly 0-2,Jaydon Dillon 0-2,ethan Diede 0-0, Jack Corriveau 2-3, Grant Marsh 2-4.
2B—Davis, Fisher; J. Corriveau, Davisson, McDonald; Tyson Petticrew, Gillingham, Davis (2), Dolence, Hales, Fisher; Drish, Davisson (4), O’Connell, McDonald (2).
In Thursday’s other two first-round games, the Bitterroot Bucs defeated the Missoula Mavericks 10-2.
No results were available from the late game, Cranbrook Bandits vs. Bitterroot Red Sox.