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Outlaws’ Munroe beats Billings with bat, arm
After Saturday’s windy doubleheader at Tedesco Field, the Miles City Outlaws’ Dylan Munroe deserves a day or two off.
The switch-hitting shortstop, occasional third baseman and right-handed pitcher crushed two home runs, swiped four bases, went 6-for-7 at the plate, drove in six runs, threw for the win in game two, and just missed hitting for the cycle in game one.
The Outlaws defeated visiting Billings 10-0 in game one and 11-7 in the nightcap.
Outlaws 10 Billings 0
The Outlaw offense put a run on the board in every inning and tore up the dirt with seven stolen bases, but they really only needed the one run scored in the bottom of the first as pitchers Kasey Seyfert and Austin Kappel combined to shut out the Billings batters. Munroe was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, and just a double away from hitting for the cycle.
Third baseman Sebastian Morrow doubled home Munroe, who had reached on a single, to score the first Outlaw run of the game. Munroe added a two-run triple in the next inning, hit an RBI single in the third, and launched a solo homer with one out in fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Starting pitcher Seyfert threw 3 2/3 innings of two-hit ball. He walked three and whiffed seven. Kappel tossed 1 1/3 innings, throwing 18 pitches, half of which were strikes. The duo held Billings to just three hits.
Outlaw outfielder Garrett Etchemendy, first baseman Jakob Kok and Morrow doubled, and Dustin Benson, pinch runner Kyle Nielson, and Morrow had two steals apiece.
The Outlaws scored one run in the first inning, four runs in the second, three in the third, and one each in the fourth and fifth innings while holding Billings scoreless. The Outlaws recorded nine hits in the shutout.
Outlaws 11 Billings 7
Fresh off his 4-for-4 performance at the plate, Munroe took the mound to start — and win — game two. He helped his own cause by adding another home run while hitting 2-for-3.
Billings attacked Munroe, scoring four runs in the top of the first, but the undeterred Outlaws answered with five in the bottom of the inning.
Both teams were scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Billings put two more on the board, and added another run in the top of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead.
The cool-under-pressure Outlaws immediately stuck three on the board in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-7 lead, and three more runs in the bottom of the sixth were just icing on the cake.
Munroe pitched three innings, giving up six hits and four runs while striking out four. Reliever Jace Notbohm threw two innings, yielding three runs on two hits, while closer Morrow worked two no-hit innings with two strikeouts.
Munroe lead off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run. Seyfert added a double as he hit 2-for-3, and Benson also had two hits in three plate appearances. Seyfert stole two bases.
On the defensive side, the Outlaws logged seven errors, at least four of which led to Billings runs.
The wins move the Outlaws to 6-4 on the season. They play Cheyenne at home April 29-30 in a pair of doubleheaders.