By The Chronicle
CALGARY — RBI’s season ended on Saturday, falling in the regional semifinals to Primetime 6-3 here in Babe Ruth baseball action.
RBI coach Jordan Nailon was pleased with his team’s performance in the regional tournament.
“I thought we went up there and competed well, found ourselves with some tighter games. We had a shot to punch a ticket to world series, but baseball is a funny sport,” Nailon said. “Losing in the semifinals to a good team, there’s nothing for these guys to be ashamed of. They accomplished more than anyone would have given them a chance to, I think they did a good job laying the foundation for us going forward. We just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Blake Wichert got the start for the Dirtbags against Primetime and pitched four innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out seven batters.
RBI’s Zach Weinert had a 2-RBI triple and a run, and Skylar Towns had an RBI-single.
RBI started the game off with three runs in the top of the first, but Primetime answered right back with four runs for a 4-3 game after one inning.
Primetime scored two more runs in the second, and was able to hold off RBI to earn the win.
RBI started the tournament last Wednesday, earning a 17-16 win over Wyoming.
The Dirtbags earned another win last Thursday, defeating Montana 4-3. RBI scored two runs in the first inning and added another in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead. Montana was able to come back and tie the game with three runs in the top of the seventh, but RBI scored on run in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win.
Last Friday, RBI suffered their first loss of the tournament, falling to Calgary Blues AAA, 8-6.
RBI totaled 11 hits in the game, with Weinert collecting three hits and an RBI. Erik Cervantes had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI, and Skylar Towns also had two hits.
Calgary started out strong with a run in the first and three runs in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. Calgary added another run in the fourth inning, but RBI answered with five runs in the fourth to tie the game.
Calgary would bounce back, adding two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. RBI scored a run in the seventh, but didn’t have enough to complete the comeback.
The loss put RBI up against Calgary Blues AA last Friday, RBI came from behind to earn an 8-7 win to stay alive in the tournament.
Cameron Bowen got the win on the mound for RBI, pitching four innings while allowing two earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Skylar Towns had three hits and two runs. Seth Butler had two hits, a run and an RBI. Tanner Catlin had two hits, including a double, an RBI and a run.
Calgary scored four runs in the first and another run in the third inning for a 5-0 lead.
‘They had a big crowd, a lot of people behind them, we had four parents there and a bunch of kids out on their own for the first time. We went down, came back, went down a little more, the kids just never wavered in their confidence,” Nailon said.
RBI got on the board in the fourth with three runs to cut the lead to 5-3. RBI scored a run in the fifth, two runs in the sixth and seventh to come back to earn the win. Anthony Clevenger had the game-winning hit for the Dirtbags.
“He (Clevenger) earned the respect of his teammates going up there, to get called off the bench and be ready to perform when you don’t know you’re number is going to get called,” Nailon said. “Full count, he swung the bat, put the ball in play, and got dog piled on the field. I guarantee he’ll never forget that.”
It was the final tournament in the RBI careers of Zach Weinert, Brady Steveson, Tanner Catlin, Ryan Schmunk, Jobe Karber and Skylar Towns.
“This was a special group for me, a lot of these guys been with me at the beginning of the program and have graduated out of program. A lot of guys will be tough to replace,” Nailon said. “People didn’t know what it was about, those guys took a chance on us. We built something that’s got legs going forward, credit to them for pouring themselves into it. It takes full mental and physical effort and they did that and they’ll be missed.”
Babe Ruth Baseball: RBI’s Season Ends at Regional Tournament
By The Chronicle