Braves down, but not out in Southern A tournament

Sage McMinn (11), of the Livingston Braves, connects on a fastball during a game against the Helena Reps on Sunday at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena. Enterprise photo by Jordan P. Ingram.
Jordan P. Ingram
Enterprise Staff Writer

A roster packed to the hilt with heavy hitters can’t always tow the entire load. 

Sage Mcminn had two solo home runs but the No. 6-seed Livingston Braves couldn’t clean up their defensive play, surrendering five errors in an 18-6 first-round loss to No. 3 Gallatin Valley at the Southern A District Tournament on Thursday afternoon in Butte.  

Rydell Floyd knocked a three RBI triple shot to right field in the top of the first inning to help the Braves take an early 4-0 lead over the Outlaws. 

Almost immediately, GVO issued a firm rebuttal, scoring 9 runs in the next two innings to take a 9-4 lead over the Braves. 

And despite McMinn’s pair of yard shots, the Braves never led again. The Outlaws scored nine more runs to seal the win, advancing to face No. 2 Helena in the second round at 7 p.m. on Friday. 

McMinn went 2 for 3 with two RBI and scored two runs, Clayton Busby was 1 of 2 with an RBI and a run scored and Thad Hampson went 1 for 3 and scored a run for the Braves to finish with five hits.  

On defense, GVO played tight and efficient without a single error. Derik DeFrance went 2 for 3 with a home run, triple, four RBI and scored three runs to lead the Outlaws, who tallied 14 hits in 5½ innings.

The Braves hope to defend their 2016 Southern A district crown against the Muckers at 1 p.m. on Friday in Butte.  


Tournament Schedule

Second Round, Friday, July 21, at Copper Mountain Sports Complex, Butte

No. 1 Bozeman Bucks vs. No. 8 Anaconda A’s, 10 a.m. 

No. 6 Livingston Braves vs. No. 7 Butte Muckers, 1 p.m.

No. 1 Dillon Cubs vs. No. 1 Belgrade Bandits, 4 p.m.

No. 3 Gallatin Valley Outlaws vs. No. 2 Helena Reps, 7 p.m.  


Thursday’s Scoreboard

Dillon Cubs 10 

Bozeman Bucks 3


Belgrade Bandits 12

Anaconda A’s 2


Gallatin Valley Outlaws 18 

Livingston Braves 6


Helena Reps 13

Butte Muckers 3