HAMILTON — Coby Clark-Dickenson was superb on the mound, tossing a 3-hit complete game shutout as the Glacier Twins spilled the Bitterroot Red Sox 4-0 in a matchup of the top two seeds on Saturday at the West A District Tournament.
The victory sends the top-seed Twins (33-15) to today’s American League championship baseball game at 1 p.m. They will meet the winner of today’s 10 a.m. loser-out game.
The top two teams advance to the state tournament in Miles City, Aug. 1-5.
Clark-Dickenson went seven innings, striking out six and walking just one batter.
“The stats don’t show how dominating he was,” Twins coach Scott Murray said.
“He didn’t have a lot of strikeouts, but his off- speed stuff was fantastic. He was really sharp with his fastball. The Red Sox are a top quality team, so yes (this was one of his best performances).”
Clark-Dickenson also enjoyed a strong outing at the plate, going 2 for 3, as did Tom Hellwig.
Dan Seymour homered in the fourth inning with two runners on, giving the Twins a 3-0 lead.
“He was down 0-2 on the count, but just kept fighting off the bad pitches until he could find one he could hit,” Murray said.
That home-run pitch cleared the fence in dead- center field.
The Twins had eight hits, four went for extra bases.
Hellwig, Quintin Schriver and Ryan Veneman all had doubles.
Schriver also drove in a run.
Hellwig scored twice.
Forrest Kobelt, a lefty, will be on the mound for the Twins today.
Bitterroot Red Sox 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Glacier Twins 000 301 x — 4 8 2
WP—Coby Clark-Dickenson; LP—Bowman.
BITTERROOT RED SOX ¬— Rothie 1-3, Goligoski 0-3, Brown 1-3, Omlid 0-3, Hunt 1-2, Richardson 0-2, Jones 0-3, Bowman 0-3, Davis 0-2.
GLACIER TWINS — Caleb Meehan 1-4, Ryan Veneman 1-2, Clark-Dickenson 2-3, Terek Bistodeau 0-3, Jack Schwaiger 0-2, Tom Hellwig 2-3, Matt Morrison 0-1, Dan Seymour 1-3, Quintin Schriver 1-3.
2B—Hellwig, Schriver, Veneman; HR—Seymour; RBIs—Seymour (2), Schriver.
Bitterroot Bucs 6,
Kalispell Lakers 5
HAMILTON — Kalispell took a 5-4 lead with a 2-run sixth, but Bitterroot answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull out the victory and stay alive for another game.
Bitterroot faced the Missoula Mavericks in a late game (Saturday) for the right to play this morning.
The Lakers were limited to five hits, by five different players. Jack Corriveau tripled and drove in two runs for the Lakers.
Colby Kohlman led Bitterroot at the plate, going 3 for 4 and driving in a run.
Marcus Zeiler homered and had two RBIs for the victors.
Kalispell Lakers 030 002 0 — 5 5 3
Bitterroot Bucs 102 012 x — 6 8 0
WP—Zach Christopher; LP—Nate Kelly.
KALISPELL LAKERS — Ben Corriveau 0-4, Luke Halland 1-3, Payton Davisson 0-4, Ryan McDonald 1-4, Thomas O’Connell 1-2, Ethan Diede 0-1, Jack Corriveau 1-2, Grant Marsh 0-1, Jaydon Dillon 1-2.
BITTERROOT BUCS — Marcus Zeiler 1-4, Brenden Bailey 0-2, Colby Kohlman 3-4, Liam Lecowe 1-3, Brendan Schneiler 0-3, Jake Scully 1-3, Colton Mauler 1-3, Johnny Lineback 0-2, Alex Gavlak 1-3.
2B—Scully; 3B—J. Corriveau; HR—Zeiler; RBIs—J. Corriveau (2),Marsh; Zeiler (2), Kohlman, Lecowe (2), Scully.
West A District Tournament
10 a.m. — Bitterroot Bucs/Missoula Mavericks winner vs. Bitterroot Red Sox
1 p.m. — Glacier Twins vs. 10 a.m. winner
Bitterroot Bucs 6, Kalispell Lakers 5
Missoula Mavericks 7, Mission Valley Mariners 5
7 p.m. — Bitteroot Bucs vs. Missoula Mavericks
Glacier Twins 3, Bitterroot Red Sox 0
Bitterroot Red Sox 13, Bitterroot Bucs 2