Garrison’s bats go cold in loss to Senators

A new game against a different Bismarck team didn’t yield a different outcome for the Garrison Legion baseball team Friday at Jack Hoeven Park.

After being run-ruled by the Bismarck Representatives two hours earlier, the Titans were again handed a lopsided defeat, this time in the form of an 11-1 loss to the Bismarck Senators in six innings during the Minot Qdoba’s Baseball tournament.

The Titans plated their only run in the first inning off two hits. Gabe Lassila led off with a single to right and Noah Sloka drove him in with an RBI single three batters later. Garrison managed three hits the rest of the way and had just three runners in scoring position.

“We still are having trouble trying to hit the ball,” Garrison coach Olsen Zerr said. “We can’t find it with our bats, can’t do anything. Other than that, if we start hitting the ball we’d be in some ballgames.”

The Titans put their first two batters on base in the third via walks and looked prime to scratch out a few runs. But with one swing of the bat, Garrison went from having two runners on with no outs to having the inning end on a triple play.

Bismarck pitcher Joel Thune caught a liner back to the mound with his glove behind his back and started the 1-4-3 triple play.

“That was awesome,” Bismarck coach Troy Olson said. “I’m going to get that out on Twitter. Good for Joel. The funny thing is he actually practices that, so he gets it and then he had the presence of mind to throw to the right base. What a cool thing. I’ve been doing this for a long time, coached about 1,500 or so baseball games and never seen something like that.”

Garrison’s bats struggled to produce any offense, but Bismarck’s bats did not.

The Senators compiled nine hits and scored at least two runs in four innings. Bismarck’s heart of the order did the most damage as the 2-5 hitters went 5-for-9 with eight RBIs and five runs scored. Mason Przybilla went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Ben Hildestad recorded three RBIs. Leadoff hitter Kale Ohlhauser scored in all four of his plate appearances.

“I thought we had a little better pitch selection and we got a little better at-bats,” Olson said. “We were putting pressure on (Garrison pitcher Luke Gehring). Not a lot of easy outs today. Not a lot of fly balls and strikeouts and that was good to see.”

Thune picked up the win on the mound, tossing a complete-game five-hitter, striking out five and walking two. Gehring suffered the loss, surrendering 11 runs on nine hits. He walked six and struck out two.

Garrison plays the Mandan A’s this morning at 9:30 a.m. at Corbett Field.

Mike Kraft covers the Minot Vistas and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @MKraft24_MDN.