Cubs’ strong bullpen, batting help overpower Coyotes

Park County Cubs’ Daniel Busch launches a throw to first base for an out on May 6 in Livingston. Enterprise photo by Jordan P. Ingram.
Jordan P. Ingram
Enterprise Staff Writer

A game rife with mistakes still needed a winner. 

The Park County Cubs, who struggled in the field, relied on their aggressive hitting to defeat the Coyotes 16-15 in a Gallatin Valley Men’s Adult Baseball League game on Sunday afternoon at Jack Weimer Memorial Field in Livingston. 

Dan Busch went 3 for 6 with three RBIs, Ben Harris was 3 of 4, scored three runs and had three stolen bases, and Brian Mueller was 2 of 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored to help the Cubs keep the game just out of reach the Coyotes. 

Cubs’ pitcher Ben Harris earned the win, striking out three and allowing seven runs in three innings before reliever Bret Magellsen closed out the game for the three-inning save. 

Magellsen allowed just three runs and had three strikeouts in the final innings for Park County.   

But according to player and team manager James Davisson, an excessive number of fielding errors kept the Coyotes in the game until the final inning.

“It was a sloppy game but we ended up pulling out the win,” James Davisson said. “There were loots of defensive errors for both teams.”

The Cubs held a single-run edge heading into the top of the fifth before relinquishing three more runs, trailing the Coyotes 13-11. 

But the boys of Park County kept swinging tough and put up five more runs to seal the win.

Zac Morain was 2 for 4 and scored three runs and John Diem had two runs scored for the Cubs. 

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The Park County Cubs will play the Brookies at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Heroes Field in Bozeman.