Kroger throws no-hitter against Polson
Kellen Kroger fires in a pitch against Polson last week. (JP Edge photo)
Mark Robison catches an out at home Thursday against Polson. (JP Edge photo)
Kellen Kroger, at left, is congratulated by teammates after throwing a no-hitter against conference rival Polson last week. (JP Edge photo)
| May 10, 2023 2:00 AM
The Columbia Falls baseball team had a great week as pitcher Kellen Kroger had a no-hitter against Polson as the Wildcats won, 1-0 at home Thursday. The boys then beat the Lincoln County Lions 10-5 Friday on the road.
Against Polson, Kroger struck out 14 and walked one.
He also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Cats lone run came in the bottom of the fourth. Talon Murphy hit a grounder and was safe on an error. Then Nico Young hit a line drive to center field and Murphy scored on an error for the only run in the game.
Against Eureka, the Cats found themselves down 5-1 after four innings, but blew things open in the seventh with seven runs.
The Cats loaded them up when Trey Rice reached first on an error with no one out after Talon Murphy opened the inning with a walk and Mark Robison hit a single.
Reggie Sapa then hit a single to drive in Murphy; then Young singled to drive in Robison. Rice got caught trying to steal home. Cody Schweikert then hit a double. Sapa scored from third and the Cats were up 5-4.
Then Dyane Tu hit a single and Young and Schweikert scored.
Alihn Anderson hit a double which drove in Jace Hill, who walked. Anderson was caught stealing third to end the inning.
In the seventh, Schweikert would score from third after Anderson was hit by a pitch and then would add a 10th run after a balk by the Eureka pitcher with the bases loaded.
Talon Murphy struck out two and got a pop out at the end of the seventh for the win.
Reggie Sapa got the start for the Cats, pitching 2 1/3 innings with one strikeout and giving up five hits and four runs. Murphy went the distance from there, giving up four hits, one run and striking out eight.
On Monday they beat the hapless Browning Indians, 16-0 on the road. The Cats face Stevensville Tuesday on the road and then have a string of home games — Whitefish Thursday, Hamilton Friday and Corvallis Saturday to wrap up the regular season.
They’re now 6-3 on the season.