Day after loss, Pierce pitches Bears to victory

Mellmer triples, Pierce K’s 10 in Post 115 victory

Brandon Pierce (L) and Jarad Mattis (R) combined to throw a no-hitter against Crosby. (Record Photo)
Brandon Pierce, pitching for the Hettinger/Scranton High School, had 10 strikeouts against the Garrison Titans in the second day of the West Region Legion Baseball Tournament. (Record Photo)

By COLE BENZ
Record Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

After dropping their first game to Crosby to open up the West Region Tournament, the Post 115 Bears took down the Garrison Titans 8-2 with a dominating pitching performance by Brandon Pierce on Wednesday, July 20.

“We played well, Brandon pitched well, he only gave up two hits,” head coach Nolan Dix said.

Pierce went six strong innings and gave up only the two hits and allowing a single earned run. He struck out 10 to earn the win.

Dix said that Pierce got himself into some deep counts against the Garrison hitters, but when he needed a pitch it was there.

“It was definitely fun to watch, that’s for sure,” Dix said of his ace pitcher.

Dix said Pierce’s curveball was nasty all game, and that it was key in getting him out of some jams.

“It’s [Pierce’s] last year, and I said ‘hey go out and have fun,’” Dix said. “He went out, every pitch seemed like it was a strike.”

Damon Mellmer went 3-for-4 and had three triples against the Garrison Titans. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Damon Mellmer went 3-for-4 and had three triples against the Garrison Titans. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

Brett Christopherson relieved Pierce for the final inning. He gave up one run and struck out two to end the game. He did not earn a save because of the run differential.

A day after the Bears displayed sloppy defense, it looked like the trend would continue early on in the game. But Dix said his team got better and played a mostly clean game behind their two hurlers.

“We had a couple errors early in the game that kind of got me nervous,” Dix said.

Getting the offense started for the Bears was Damon Mellmer. Mellmer, who had a quiet season at the plate this year, exploded for three triples. Dix said all three of his hits went to right, and right-center field and the artificial turf helped the ball roll to the fence each time. Mellmer would go 3-for-4 with the three triples and three runs scored.

Driving him in each time was Alex Bartholomay, who went 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Jaxon Mellmer went 2-for-3 with a walk. Cole Osendorf went 1-for-2 with a run scored and three walks.

The Bears were scheduled to play Renville County at 11:30 a.m. MST. The Bears beat Renville County twice this season.

“We beat Renville pretty good last time,” Dix said. “So we’re confident that we can just go out and hit the ball and play good defense.”

Damon Mellmer was slated to start.