Braves snap losing skid with back-to-back wins against the A's

Jordan P. Ingram
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The Livingston Braves can breathe a collective sigh of relief — the streak is finally over. After a nine-game losing slide, the Braves put together two complete games of quality baseball to defeat the visiting Anaconda A’s in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Jack Weimer Memorial Field in Livingston. 

Zander Petrich’s early RBI single in the opening game helped Livingston jump out to an early 6-0 lead. Petrich finished 2 for 2 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored for the Braves who improve to 4-11 overall.

Buck Spallone, Rydell Floyd and Darian Gilman each knocked in RBI singles to stretch the Braves lead 12-2 for a victory by 10-run rule in six innings. Buck went 2 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and scored a run and Floyd was 2 for 3 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored for the Braves, who racked up 10 total hits against Anaconda.

Brock Peterson went 1 for 1 and scored four runs for Livingston 

Sage McMinn gave up just one hit from the mound to earn the complete-game win for the Braves. McMinn finished with eight strikeouts and allowed just two runs in six innings. 

Importantly, the Braves allowed just one error for the entire game, an aspect of their game that Livingston coach Rich Spallone said greatly contributed to their struggles the past few weeks.

“We’ve been averaging 6 to 8 errors per game,” Rich Spallone said. “So I was proud of the way they came together as a team. It made a big difference.” 

For Game 2, Buck Spallone helped drive in runs after a triple and an RBI sacrifice fly for the Braves to lead the A’s, 3-0.

Anaconda’s Brannon Cook and Logan Danforth helped the A’s get back on top of the Braves after taking a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning. 

But Livingston answered by scoring seven more runs in the final two innings of the game. Buck went 2 for 3 with a triple, a home run, four RBI and two runs scored for the Braves to defeat the A’s 10-7 in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader. 

Petrich also went 2 for 3 with four RBI and a run scored, McMinn went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored and Ethan Bullock was 2 of 4 with an RBI for the Braves who finished with 12 hits. 

Peterson earned the win for the Braves, allowing three runs and three hits in 3 and a third innings. 

And for the second time in the same day, the Braves had fewer errors than their opponent. 

The Braves appear to be tightening things up as they prepare for more conference match-ups and  tournaments. Livingston is the two-time defending champion of the 4th of July tournament in Polson. 

For the moment, Rich Spallone said they are staying focused on the next game and getting revenge against the Bucks.

“The heart of the season is coming up and we have too toughen up,” Rich said. “Like I’ve said all season, if we throw strikes, good things will happen.”  


Up next

The Livingston Braves travel to play at the Bozeman Bucks at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and then travel to Butte for a doubleheader against the Muckers starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday.