LAUREL — The Laurel Dodgers and Billings Scarlets traded victories on Sunday at Thomson Park with the Dodgers winning the first game 10-7 and the Scarlets prevailing 16-11 in the second contest.
In the first American Legion baseball game, Cash Golden was the winning pitcher, tossing five innings and allowing five runs (two earned), while helping his cause at the plate with a 2-3 performance that included a home run and three RBIs. Kade McIlvain also homered for the Dodgers.
Six different Scarlets had RBIs in the loss, while Cory Brownson and Michael Zaske each had two hits for Billings.
In the second contest, with a tie 11-11 game the Scarlets scored five runs in the top of the ninth for the victory. During the rally, Jarron Wilcox hit a two-run single and Christian Michaelson had a two-run double.
Koby Croft led the Scarlets' attack batting 2-5 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs. Croft hit his three-run homer in the top of the fifth.
Keagan Thompson batted 2-3 for Laurel with four RBIs. Golden was 2-4, including a homer, and knocked in a pair of runs.
On Saturday at Great Falls, the Scarlets opened their season by sweeping the Chargers 6-4 and 17-1. The first game went the full seven innings and the second ended after five due to the mercy rule.
In Game 1, Aaron Seward and Wilcox both had run-scoring singles in the top of the seventh as the Scarlets pushed across two runs to take a 6-3 lead. Great Falls would score once in the bottom of the seventh. Michael Horrell earned the win, tossing four hitless innings while allowing one earned run, two walks and striking out four.
In the second game, Billings batted around in first and second innings. The Scarlets scored seven runs in the first and eight in the second.
Jackson Schaubel and Caden Dowler both drove in three runs for the Scarlets. The Chargers only managed four hits as Zaske pitched the first four innings and allowed two hits. Schaubel pitched the final frame and gave up two hits.