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Pitcher’s duel — Loggers A drop a close one 2-1

by JIM DASIOS The Western News
| May 13, 2022 7:00 AM

If you like to see a lot of runs cross the plate, this wasn’t the game for you.

For those of you who prefer a pitcher’s duel, well, you saw one.

With Caden Williams on the mound for the Lobby Loggers A Legion team and Luke Kunz on the hill for the Missoula Impact, runs were hard to come by.

The seven-inning affair ended with the Missoula Impact taking a 2 to 1 victory over the Libby Loggers.

The Loggers would score their only run early on in the contest.

A two out double by Caden Williams, followed by Ayden Williamson’s single would put Libby in the lead after one inning. The Loggers led 1-0.

The Missoula Impact would wait until the fourth inning to do their damage.

A Logger error placed an Impact runner on first. Following a strikeout the runner attempted to steal second base.

Catcher Cy Williams’ throw was high. Cy Williams then left the game with an apparent injury.

With the runner still on second base, a walk placed an Impact on first and second.

A flyout to short center, two out and runners still in place, a passed ball would send the base runners running.

An errant throw would bring in a run for the Impact. The game was now tied at 1.

A following Impact single would bring in another run. The Impact would have all the runs they would need — the score, 2 to 1.

The Loggers would threaten in their half of the fifth inning. Brett Osborne would single and two batters later Dylan Buckner would walk.

With runners on first and second base, two flyouts would end the inning.

The sixth inning saw both pitchers retire the sides in order.

Pitcher Caden Williams would also retire the Impact in order in the seventh inning.

One last try… Behind 2-1, entering the bottom of the seventh, Rusty Gillespie would walk. An attempted bunt would end in a double play for the Impact. A strikeout would end the game. Impact 2, Loggers 1.

With statistics unavailable for the first two innings, Williams would have seven strikeouts and no walks in a masterful pitching effort.