Lewistown pushed across eight runs in the final three innings to defeat Glendive 11-4 Friday afternoon in the second round of the Class A State American Legion Baseball Tournament in Billings.
The Redbirds, 57-17, will take on Bitterroot tonight at 7:30 at Cobb Field in the unbeaten quarterfinal.
The Bitterroot Bucs scored three runs in the ninth inning, all with two outs, to pull away from Vauxhall and record a 6-3 victory in the late game.
In the sixth inning, Bitterroot's Tony Isbell hit a long solo home run to left field to give the Bucs the lead. Isbell later closed the game out by pitching the final two innings.
Earlier, Lewistown pitcher Colby Tognetti struck out 12 in a little more than seven innings of work. Dustin Scotten finished up on the mound for the Redbirds.
"I started out slow," said Tognetti. "I could have located a little better. But I wasn't disappointed with the way I pitched."
Trailing 3-2 with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Miles Pennell delivered an RBI single to score Kam Pearson and tie the game. The Redbirds had runners on second and third, but Glendive pitcher Andy Odenbach fired a strikeout to prevent any more damage.
Lewistown took the lead for good with a four-run seventh. Tognetti and Scotten both eventually scored on wild pitches and Dillon Fugate ripped a two-RBI single up the middle.
The Redbirds added four more runs in the ninth with Pennell, Max Pearson, Kyle Rector and Logan Mossey all scoring runs. Lewistown made the most of three walks, two Glendive errors and two sacrifices in the inning.
The Blue Devils scored a run in the eighth, but Pennell gunned down Glendive's Bradley Harrison at the plate from right field to complete an inning-ending double play.
Fugate had three hits for the winners, while Pennell, Scotten and Max Pearson had two apiece.
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"We're in good shape," said Scott Sparks, the Lewistown head coach. "We've got our No. 2 starter, Dustin Scotten, on the hill tomorrow (Saturday).
"Hopefully, we can come out and play real well tomorrow night."
Glendive, 48-12, will play Belgrade at 12:30 p.m. in a loser-out game.
Collin Radakovich and Robbie Radakovich each had two hits for the Blue Devils.
In earlier games on Friday, defending state champion Gallatin Valley stayed alive with a 16-2 victory over Mission Valley in the loser-out game.
Catcher Taylor Blakely hit a grand slam in the eighth inning for the Outlaws. Shortstop Brandon Oakes hit a three-run homer for the Outlaws in the fifth.
Righty Thomas Boyce pitched the complete game for the Outlaws, allowing five hits. Boyce did not strike out a batter. He walked three and hit four batters.
The host team Billings Cardinals were eliminated 8-1 by Belgrade, which improved to 54-13. The Cardinals end their season with a 31-20 record.
Belgrade scored four times in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead. The Bandits rapped out four hits in the frame and Luke Mundt, Clint Marcott, Garrett Schultz and C.J. Berberet had run-scoring singles.
Jesse Finley hit a double to drive in Aleksei Grosulak in the eighth for the Cardinals' lone run.
Belgrade pitcher Kevin Peters struck out six.