Simkins, Cubs turn back Muckers in opener

BELGRADE — The Dillon Cubs jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held off the Butte Muckers for a 6-3 win Thursday in the opening round of the Southern A District tournament.

Nathan Simkins had a huge day at the dish and on the bump for the Cubs.

The leadoff hitter went 4 for 5 with three runs scored to lead the Dillon offense. He also struck out four Muckers and walked three in seven innings to get the win. He surrendered three runs, two of which were earned.

R.J. Fitzgerald went 2 for 5 with two RBIs for the Cubs, who take on the Deer Lodge Wranglers at 4 p.m. Friday. Deer Lodge routed the Helena Reps 16-2 in Thursday’s first game.

Logan Wilson struck out four in two innings to get the save.

Trey Berger pitched six innings, striking out four and walking four for the Muckers. Robin Bagley, Bryson Henningsen, Alex Kober, Austin Gerry, Ryan Shultz and Logan LaFromboise hit singles. Shultz and LaFromboise drove in runs.

The Muckers take on the Reps in 10 a.m. loser-out game on Friday. Bracket

BUTTE MUCKERS 2015   AB  R  H BI  DILLON CUBS 2015     AB  R  H BI
Will Hoagland         3  0  0  0  Nathan Simkins        5  3  4  0
Robin Bagley          2  0  1  0  Jamey Richardson      4  0  1  1
 Cole Walker          2  0  0  0  RJ Fitzgerald         5  1  2  2
Justin Summers        2  0  0  0  Logan Wilson          4  0  1  1
 Bryson Henningsen    2  1  1  0  Gabe Hupp             5  1  1  1
Alex Kober            4  0  1  0  Koulton Starkel       3  0  0  0
Trey Berger           2  0  0  0  Nick Huber            3  0  0  0
 Liam Sommer          1  1  0  0  Nick Waldrup          2  1  0  0
Tommy Martz           4  0  0  0  Colby Minert          1  0  0  0
Austin Gerry          2  1  1  0   Ben Jones            1  0  0  0
Ryan Shultz           4  0  1  1
Logan LaFromboise     2  0  1  1
TOTALS               30  3  6  2  TOTALS               33  6  9  5
BUTTE MUCKERS 2015            000 000 300 -- 3
DILLON CUBS 2015              110 112 00x -- 6
LOB--BUTTE MUCKERS 2015 5, DILLON CUBS 2015 12. ERR--Cole
Walker, Alex Kober, Robin Bagley, Austin Gerry, Tommy Martz,
Jamey Richardson (2). HBP--Austin Gerry, Ben Jones.
SACF--Logan Wilson. SACB--Koulton Starkel, Jamey Richardson.
SB--Nathan Simkins, Koulton Starkel (2), RJ Fitzgerald, Gabe
Hupp, Jamey Richardson.
 BUTTE MUCKERS 2015              IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Trey Berger                    6.00    8    6    5    4    4    0
Liam Sommer                    2.00    1    0    0    1    0    0
 DILLON CUBS 2015
Nathan Simkins                 7.00    6    3    2    3    4    0
Logan Wilson                   2.00    0    0    0    1    4    0
WP--Trey Berger. SO--Cole Walker (2), Alex Kober, Bryson
Henningsen, Logan LaFromboise, Austin Gerry, Tommy Martz
(2), Nick Huber, Jamey Richardson (2), Colby Minert.
BB--Liam Sommer, Will Hoagland, Logan LaFromboise, Austin
Gerry, Nick Waldrup (2), Koulton Starkel, Nick Huber, Colby
Minert.


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