THREE FORKS — There was no doubt in the mind of Jake Lohrenz that the team would bounce back.
Gallatin Valley surrendered 10 runs in the top of the first Saturday afternoon, but stormed back with 11 in the bottom half of the frame en route to a wild 26-10 victory.
It capped a Southern A conference sweep of Livingston after winning the first game 11-1 in six innings at Imerys Field.
“I knew we were going to come back. We got a good team. We just needed to settle down,” said Lohrenz. “They calmed down and started taking better AB’s, better approaches, and we just let it happen.”
Thomas Carlson started on the mound in Game 2 and failed to get out of the inning. He was only able to record one out, allowed a bases loaded walk, and the Braves tallied eight hits.
Kyle Lohrenz took over on the hill and following a slow start — he walked in a run and another came in on a bases loaded balk — things finally calmed down for the Outlaws.
“Had our little balk and a walk, but after that settled in and it was good from there on,” said coach Lohrenz. “Teammates started making plays behind each other and it started happening.”
Gallatin Valley wasted little time rallying with 11 runs on eight hits in the bottom of the first. Shane Cornell was only able to record one out for the Braves before being replaced on the mound by Clayton Busby, who didn’t fare much better. Busby walked six batters and allowed six hits in less than two innings of work.
The Outlaws finished with 14 hits led by the effort of Connor Johnson and Michael Jones, who each had three. Ryan Murphy hit a pair of doubles, while Bo Hays and Jones each had one.
In the opener, Livingston took a 1-0 lead in the first. But the Outlaws tallied six in the bottom half of the frame after their first base runner of the of contest was picked off at first.
“After that we kind of settled in,” noted coach Lohrenz. “We put up six and then we just kind of got one here and one there.”
Jones finished 2-for-3 at the plate, which included a liner in the sixth to bring in Murphy from second to end the game. Murphy also finished with a pair of hits and an RBI.
Hunter Johnson tossed a complete game 3-hitter on the mound, striking out eight in the victory.
“He did really well. His control was there today and he was very efficient,” said coach Lohrenz. “We had a few times where he’s maybe throw three balls in a row to a batter, but he climbed the ladder and got back in. And then just relaxed and let things just happen.”
GVO sweeps Livingston
Gallatin Valley also dominated a doubleheader at Livingston on July 3.
The Outlaws tallied 27 hits in the make up games, including seven doubles, en route to posting road victories of 14-0 and 21-1.
Connor Johnson, Michael Nehring, Murphy, and Dalton Mitchell each hit doubles in the opener, while Nehring and Caleb Kamerman combined to toss a 2-hitter on the mound.
In Game 2, Nehring smacked two doubles, while Hunter Johnson had another, and Jones scattered three hits and struck out six to earn the victory on the mound.
Outlaws notch road wins
On Monday, Gallatin Valley earned a conference sweep of Anaconda on the road. Scores and stats of the contests were not provided prior to the Belgrade News’ deadline.
The Outlaws (29-20, 10-2) will wrap up the regular season with conference doubleheaders against Deer Lodge, Belgrade (twice), Dillon and Butte. That stretch began Wednesday in Deer Lodge, and the Outlaws will be in Belgrade Saturday night.
“We’re kind of hitting a hot streak. We still got a lot to do to prepare ourselves,” said coach Lohrenz. “There’s half the conference we haven’t played yet, but I’m feeling confident. If we keep doing what we can do, we can control what we can control — take it day by day.”
Gallatin Valley 14, Livingston 0
Gallatin Valley 021 236 - 14 14 0
Livingston 000 000 - 0 2 3
Michael Nehring, Caleb Kamerman (6) and n/a. Sage McMinn, Clayton Busby (5), Brayden Duncan (6) and n/a. W - Nehring. L - McMinn.
GALLATIN VALLEY (24-20) - Derik DeFrance 2-5, Ryan Murphy 1-3 (2B), Hunter Johnson 1-5, Nehring 2-4 (2B), Michael Jones 2-4, Thomas Carlson 1-2, Brady Jones 1-3, Dalton Mitchell 1-2 (2B), Connor Johnson 3-4 (2B).
LIVINGSTON (4-25) - Clayton Busby 0-2, Sage McMinn 1-2, Scott Tatum 0-2, Ethan Bullock 0-2, Ray Knerr 1-2, Conner Busby 0-2, Shane Cornell 0-2, Brayden Duncan 0-2, Darian Gilman 0-1.
Gallatin Valley 21, Livingston 0
Gallatin Valley 243 75 - 21 13 0
Livingston 001 00 - 1 3 3
Micahel Jones and n/a. Scott Tatum, Conner Busby (2), Shane Cornell (4) and n/a. W - Jones. L - Tatum.
GALLATIN VALLEY (25-20) - Connor Johnson 1-4, Derik DeFrance 2-3, Hunter Johnson 3-3 (2B), Michael Nehring 3-4 (2 2B), Jones 1-4, Thomas Carlson 0-4, Kyle Grevious 2-3, Dalton Mitchell 0-2, Bo Hays 1-1.
LIVINGSTON (4-26) - Clayton Busby 0-3, Sage McMinn 1-1, Tatum 0-2, Ethan Bullock 0-1, Conner Busby 0-2, Cornell 0-1, Ray Knerr 0-1, Brayden Duncan 0-1, Cade Busby 1-1, Max Stern 1-1.
Gallatin Valley 11, Livingston 1
Livingston 100 000 - 1 3 7
Gallatin Valley 602 021 - 11 8 4
Scott Tatum, Conner Busby (3) and Sage McMinn. Hunter Johnson and Michael Jones. W - Johnson. L - Tatum.
LIVINGSTON (4-27) - Clayton Busby 1-2, Tatum 1-3, McMinn 1-2, Ray Knerr 0-2, Conner Busby 0-3, Cade Busby 0-2, Shane Cornell 0-2, Darian Gilman 0-1, Max Stern 0-2.
GALLATIN VALLEY (26-20) - Connor Johnson 1-3, Derik DeFrance 0-2, H. Johnson 1-3 (2B), Michael Nehring 1-4, Michael Jones 1-3 (2B), Thomas Carlson 0-4, Ryan Murphy 2-3, Brady Jones 2-3, Dalton Mitchell 0-1.
Gallatin Valley 26, Livingston 10
Livingston (10) 0 0 00 - 10 9 9
Gallatin Valley (11)(14)1 0x - 26 14 2
Shane Cornell, Clayton Busby (1), Ray Knerr (2) and Sage McMinn. Thomas Carlson, Kyle Lohrenz (1) and Kyle Grevious. W - Lohrenz. L - Cornell.
LIVINGSTON (4-28) - Clayton Busby 2-4, McMinn 2-2, Scott Tatum 1-2, Knerr 0-2, Conner Busby 1-2, Cade Busby 1-3, Max Stern 0-3, Darian Gilman 0-3, Cornell.
GALLATIN VALLEY (27-20) - Connor Johnson 3-5, Derik DeFrance 2-5, Hunter Johnson 2-4, Michael Nehring 0-3, Michael Jones 3-4 (2B), Grevious 0-1, Ryan Murphy 2-5 (2 2B), Bo Hays 1-2 (2B), Dalton Mitchell 1-4, Robert Wolf 0-1.