NEW 'JACK' CITY: McMinn, Spallone belt two HRs apiece, split GVO doubleheader

Livingston Braves left-handed pitcher Ethan Bullock delivers from the mound against the Gallatin Valley Outlaws during a Southern A conference doubleheader on Saturday at Jack Weimer Memorial Field in Livingston. Enterprise photo by Jordan P. Ingram.
Jordan P. Ingram
Enterprise Staff Writer

A few fans had bright-colored, frozen push-up popsicles to provide temporary relief from Park County’s weekend boil. 

While Livingston-area thermostats pushed upward of 90 degrees, the Livingston Braves (14-24) kept their cool to grab a doubleheader split against the Gallatin Valley Outlaws in an American Legion Southern A conference matchup at Jack Weimer Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon. 

After a 16-4 opening-game loss in six innings to the Outlaws, Sage McMinn frustrated the opposition from the mound in Game 2 with nine strikeouts through five innings, and spirited slugger Buck Spallone went 3 of 4 at the plate, including a double, a home run, four RBI and scored three runs to lead the Braves past GVO, 14-13. 

Trailing the Outlaws in Game 1, McMinn sent a three-run blast sailing over the center field wall in the fifth inning for his first home run of the season to help the Braves narrow the gap, 11-4. 

But the Braves wouldn’t get any closer. 

McMinn finished 2 for 3 with a double, a home run and four RBI.

Zander Petrich returned to his regular post as starting catcher for the Braves after suffering an elbow injury. Petrich went 2 of 3 with a run scored for the Braves, who finished with a total of seven hits and five errors.  

McMinn went yard for the second time this year with a two-run jack in the third inning of Game 2 and the Braves quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead over GVO. The Outlaws had a late-game surge in the sixth inning, scoring seven runs to take their first lead of the game, 10-6. 

However, the Outlaws lead was short lived after Chasyn Campbell’s single started an eight-run jag for the Braves, sparking doubles from Brock Peterson, Ethan Bullock and Spallone in the bottom of the sixth to recapture the lead over GVO, 14-10. 

Spallone notched his fifth home run of the season and finished 3 for 4 with a double, four RBI and scored three runs to lead the Braves’ offense. 

Peterson went 1 of 3 with two RBI and two runs scored, Bullock went 2 for 4 with two RBI and scored twice, Scott Tatum was 2 of 4 with two RBI and a run scored, and Campbell finished with an RBI and scored a run for Livingston.  

The Outlaws outhit the Braves 13-12 and each team recorded six errors for the closing game. 

Up next

The Livingston Braves will host a make-up game against the Belgrade Bandits at 3 p.m. on Monday at Jack Weimer Memorial Field.