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Bigfork youth baseball team takes second in close title game

by JEREMY WEBER
For the Eagle | June 9, 2021 2:35 AM

The Bigfork 12U baseball team came up just short of a regular-season title Monday evening, falling to the Hill Bros team of Whitefish, 7-6.

Bigfork fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but battled back to take a 6-3 lead into the fifth. Whitefish scored four in the fifth inning to grab the win.

Bigfork trailed 3-0 in the second inning before getting on the scoreboard with a 2-RBI double to the wall in left center by Hayden Mayer that scored Trey Larson, who had walked, and Jonah Wynne, who reached base on a single to left.

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Hayden Mayer makes a throw to second during action against Whitefish Monday. Jeremy Weber/Bigfork Eagle

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Ryder Hamilton makes a catch in left field against Whitefish Monday as teammates Jonah Wynne (8) and Quinn Kerr look on. Jeremy Weber/Bigfork Eagle

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Quinn Kerr takes a swing in the fifth inning against Whitefish Monday. Jeremy Weber/Bigfork Eagle

Bigfork took a 4-3 lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth as Wyatt Hickey led off with a single to left and later scored on a wild pitch. Rye Peterson was hit by a pitch and later scored to give Bigfork the lead on a single to right by Wynne.

Bigfork added two more runs in the fifth as Mayer led off with a single, Dillon Wink doubled to left and Quinn Kerr drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Mayer and Wink each scored on consecutive wild pitches and Bigfork led 6-3.

Whitefish answered with four runs on a pair of walks and two hits in the bottom of the fifth to grab a 7-6 lead heading into the final inning.

Down to their final out, Bigfork looked to rally with an infield single by Wynne, who advanced to second on a passed ball and stole third. The tying run would stay stranded at third, though, as the final Bigfork batter struck out to end the game.

Wynne finished the game 3-4 with four steals and an RBI while Mayer was 2-3 with a double and two RBI.

Wynne started for Bigfork and gave up five runs on five hits while striking out four in two and a third innings of work while Wink allowed two runs on two hits and struck out three in two and two-thirds innings.