LIVINGSTON – A 10 run sixth inning was all the Gallatin Valley Outlaws needed to defeat Deer Lodge in an opening round game of the Southern A District tournament. The Outlaws held a slim 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth where they broke the game open.

Gallatin Valley (31-18) plays Dillon this afternoon at 3 p.m. Dillon (20-31) upended third seeded Helena 11-9 in the first game of the tournament. Deer Lodge drops into a loser out game this morning against Helena (34-15)  at 9 a.m.

Conrad Schnur led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to left-center field, Jordan Carlson drew a walk, then John Holmes’ fielder choice hit hit Schnur as he was headed for third, Schnur was out on the play. Gallatin Valley had the bases loaded when Dante Filippini reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Carlson. Kohler Briggs had a hit to center and Ryder Kulbeck reached on an error.

Gianfranco Filippini cleared the bases with his triple to left for a 9-2 lead. Tanner Johnson, Justin Woodward, and Schnur had back-to-back-to-back doubles that gave the Outlaws a 12-2 lead. Gallatin Valley also had a run score when Briggs walked, and one a passed ball that brought Carlson home.

“We took advantage of a couple of their errors,” said Gallatin Valley coach Duwayne Scott. “They should have inning before we started scoring.”

Deer Lodge (15-23) had an error that put Dante Filippini at second, then had another error that gave Kulbeck first base. Those two plays would have gotten the Wranglers out of the inning and may have been a 5-2 ball game.

“We came up with some big hits also that helped us,” said Scott.

Dayne Allen looked as if he would go seven innings, but was hit by a ball that took him off the mound and brought in Carlson. Allen (7-2) got the win, while Carlson picked up his sixth save of the season.

“(Dayne) had a good outing. We had a couple let downs when the seniors decided not to make some plays,” said Scott.  

Deer Lodge pitcher Jesse Vasquez forced the Outlaws to battle for their runs

“We knew that they would hang around for a while,” said Scott. “And Vasquez is a good pitcher. It was nice to see him throw because it made us better in a long run.”

Johnson put the Outlaws on the scoreboard in the first inning with a two run home run over the left field fence. Kulbeck had singled to left-center after Briggs flew out to center field.

Deer Lodge had two runners on in the second inning on two straight hits by Derek Walker and Trent Surina. Gallatin Valley had two on in the third but failed to score. Then in the fifth inning the Wranglers had Taylor Stone reach on a walk, Sheldon Danforth had a hit up the middle after Kaehl Lowery’s sacrifice bunt. Vasquez scored Stone on his hit to left. Dakota Crowe was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Before the Outlaws could get that third out Danforth scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 2-2.

Vasquez walked Dante Filippini and Briggs in the bottom of the fifth. Gianfranco belted a double to right to score the two runners for a 4-2 lead.

Johnson had a 2-for-4 performance from the plate with a double and home run, Gianfranco Filippini went 2-for-5 with a double and triple. Justin Woodward and Schnur went 2-for-4. Schnur had two doubles while Woodward had one.

Scott said that his team just need to play their game when they battle Dillon.

“They will compete just like our guys,” Scott said. “We kind of got a chip on our should. Hopefully we will come out ready to play.”

Gallatin Valley 14, Deer Lodge 2

Deer Lodge       000  020       0 -    2    6  4

Gallatin Valley 200  02(10)  x -  14  11  1

Jesse Vasquez, Taylor Stone (6), and Dakota Crowe. Dayne Allen, Jordan Carlson, and Dante Filippini. W – Allen  (7-2). L – Vasquez. S – Carlson (6).

DEER LODGE (15-23) – Vasquez 1-4, Tim Stryker 1-4, Crowe 0-3, Logan Doiron 0-3, Derek Walker 1-3, Trent Surina 1-5, Stone 0-1, Kaehl Lowery 1-3, Sheldon Danforth 1-2.

GALLATIN VALLEY (31-18) – Kohler Briggs 2-4, Ryder Kulbeck 1-3, Gianfranco Filippini 2-5 (2B, 3B), Tanner Johnson 2-4 (2B, HR), Justin Woodward 2-4 (2B), Conrad Schnur 2-4 (2 2B), Carlson 0-1, John Holmes 0-2, Conner VanDyken 0-0, Dante Filippini 0-3.