Dodgers take two from Livingston; Reps steal one

High’s and lows?

The Livingston Braves have had their share of them in 2013.

It started humbly with a nine-game losing streak, followed by a thrilling eight-game winning streak.

Recently, Livingston’s wild season continued with double-header losses to Class A powerhouses Laurel and Belgrade and a single-game loss to Helena.

Monday against the visiting Dodgers, a squad that has won four of the last six Class A American Legion titles, Livingston struggled to a 17-7 defeat in the opener, but in the finale, gave Laurel everything it could handle before falling 6-5.

The Braves were the first to strike in Monday’s night cap, with Austin Carroll belting a single to left to score teammate Scott Wilson.

Laurel wasted little time in responding with a pair of unearned runs to take a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the second inning.

Gunner Lehrer singled to start the inning and worked his way around the base pads before scoring on a Laurel miscue to knot the game up at 2-all.

Neither squad could muster any runs in the third inning, but in the fourth, Laurel was back at it with four runs to retake the lead at 6-2.

The Dodgers maintained that lead until the bottom of the sixth when Carroll singled to score Sterling Lay, and Kunda doubled to bring home Carroll and cut the lead to 6-4.

In the seventh, Livingston needed two runs to tie and force extra innings or three to claim the victory.

The Braves got the first when Scott Wilson singled to score Lehrer, but that was as close as they would get.

Livingston dominated Laurel at the plate, outhitting the Dodgers 12-6 in the game that featured a combined eight errors by the two squads.

Wilson paced Livingston with three hits an RBI and a run scored; Carroll chipped in two hits, two RBIs and a run scored; Kunda and Lehrer each added a pair of hits, and Colton Landreth, Buck Spallone and Lay each added a hit.

In the opener, Livingston played with the Dodgers almost hit-for-hit, but nine errors were pivotal in Laurel scoring a combined 12 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to secure the 10-run-rule decision.

Tanner Hall paced the Braves with three RBIs, and Kunda added three hits.

On Saturday, Livingston’s bats were also hot against visiting Helena.

The Braves had 13 hits, while Helena had 12.

But errors were pivotal in the loss.

Helen scored nine unearned runs off six Livingston miscues.

Spallone paced Livingston with three hits and two runs scored; Kunda and Landreth each had two RBIs; and Carroll chipped in three hits, two RBIs and a run scored.