Belgrade rallies late for 7-5 victory over Spallone, Braves

The bandits lived up to their nickname Wednesday evening in the nightcap of Belgrade Class A American Legion Baseball thriller with the visiting Livingston Braves.

Buck Spallone sparked the resurgent Braves offense with five RBIs, while Sterling Lay led the Livingston defense, allowing just six hits through five innings.

But with the Braves clinging to a 5-3 advantage entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bandits went to work.

Belgrade scored a pair of runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to steal away the 7-5 victory.

In the opener, Livingston, which entered the twin bill having won eight in a row, struggled early and often in falling 14-1.

In Wednesday’s finale, Spallone was hot out of the gate, ripping a line drive triple to center field to score teammates Austin Carroll and Colton Gavne to earn Livingston a 2-0 lead.

Belgrade wasted little time in knotting things up.

In the bottom half of the first, Chris Switzer wrapped a two-RBI double to send the game into the second inning tied at 2-all.

Livingston was unable to generate a run in the second or third innings, but Belgrade did muster a run on Schreckengost’s sacrifice fly in the third for a 3-2 advantage entering the fourth inning.

Gunner Lehrer singled in the fourth for Livingston, but the Braves were unable to take advantage of it.

In the bottom-half of the inning, Lay sat down the Bandits in order.

The fifth inning was highlighted by Spallone’s three-run home run that helped Livingston retake the lead at 5-3.

Unfortunately, it was all Belgrade the rest of the way.

The Bandits plated two runs in the fifth and sixth to secure the two-run victory.

In the opener, Scott Wilson scored the Braves lone run in the third inning on a sacrifice grounder from teammate Tanner Hall.

Belgrade out hit the Braves 12-4 in the victory.

Livingston helped the Bandits’ cause with four errors in the game.

Livingston fell to 8-11 overall.

The Braves will take aim at starting another win streak Saturday against the visiting Helena Reps.

First-pitch action starts at 1 p.m. Monday, the Braves entertain the Laurel Dodgers in a twin bill at Jack Weimer Memorial Park starting at 1 p.m.