GILLETTE, Wyo.--It was the first time since 2007 that Tyler Tennant caught for his older brother, Austin, in a game of competition. The two teamed up well, with Austin striking out 13 batters and Tyler hitting the game-winning RBI single. The Riders defeated the Grandview (Colo.) Wolves, 3-2, Thursday night.
Gillette took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Austin drove in Jarran Arbach on a fielder's choice.
The Wolves didn't have their first hit until the fourth inning, but were able to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning. They were able to do so by loading up the bases. Pitcher Grant Schroeder of Grandview hit a ball to short stop Zach Donahoo, who was charged with a throwing error to first baseman Josh Bradberry. It allowed Andrew Rank and Peyton Taylor to score.
It didn't take long for the Riders to even up the score. Donahoo responded from the error in the top of the inning by bringing in Lucas Rissler as he forced a fielder's choice play with his plate appearance in the bottom of the sixth.
Austin took care of the Wolves in the top of the seventh with two of the outs being Tennant's 12th and 13th strikeout victims.
Alex King hit a single in the bottom of the seventh followed by an Austin walk. Tyler finished it off with a blooper in shallow right field that drove in King.
The Riders will play their second and third games of the Hladky Memorial Tournament Friday night. The Riders first game will be against Sioux Falls Post 307 at 6pm and Greeley (Colo.) at 8:30pm. You can hear both games on News Talk 1270 KIML and online at https://www.network1sports.com/station/kiml.