The record isn’t entirely impressive, but the product on the pitch is certainly fun to watch. The Jackson Giants took 2 of 3 from the visiting Rock Springs Stallions to go 11-39 this season, and they did it in a spectacular way.
Jackson 6, Rock Springs 5
Friday’s opener of a doubles schedule was delayed for pre-game ceremonies that included a Wyoming Hall of Fame induction for Jason Huggins, Tim Shibuya and Michelle Doyle.
Coach Huggins then pulled all the strings to secure the one-point victory over the Stallions.
First off, Huggins was quick to hook starter Mason Wright. The left-hander struggled with the lead, giving up 2 earned runs in an inning of work. With just 32 pitches, Huggins is watching out for Wright who returns to the roster after missing most of the season with an ankle injury.
Aaron Huggins took the win by throwing 6 brave innings in relief. He pitched 107 shots, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. He also retired 5.
Coach Huggins needed to know something about his son / player Huggins as he left the beefy right-hander in the game to work the 7th inning despite a pitch count approaching triple digits at the time. Huggy got the job done and the Giants’ bats came to life as needed; none more than Lucas Gralund.
Gralund lit a Parker Ross fastball, dropping it past the left center field wall for a 2-point explosion that tied the game at 3-3 in 2nd. He stayed close until Jackson knocked three more times in the 5th for a 6-4 lead, which they groomed until victory.
Matt Fisher has been tearing up the cover of the ball lately. The Giants outfielder went 3 for 3 with a trio of heavily affected singles to lead position 43 offensively.
Rock Springs 10, Jackson 3
Stallion starter Dylan Johnson did a good sneaky job keeping Jackson’s hitters out of stride the entire game in a nightcap. He took the win, scattering 4 hits, 1 earned run over 5 km and 3 walks in 5 innings. Dominick Gunyan secured the save with 2 strong relief innings.
Xander Witt (1-7) was a bit shaky on the mound for Jackson. He allowed 7 runs on 8 hits while walking 5. Matt Fisher worked 4 fairly calm relief innings, but the Giants’ sticks couldn’t turn back.
Austin VanSkike, which has really come to life since Evanston’s trip, went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Jackson 15, Rocks Springs 13
For the second time this season, these two teams played to an identical football score of 17-13. They did the same on April 24 when the season opened in Rock Springs.
The game was sloppy, with 10 errors in total. Not a dream game for coaches but very exciting with 5 leader changes. Post 43’s 7-point 2nd was almost a backbreaker but credits Rock Springs they didn’t give up and took a 10-9 lead after 3 innings.
The Giants scored 5th in the 5th in singles for Parker Bleggi (1-for-1, RBI), Matt Fisher (3-for-4, 3-RBI) and Steven Ashurts. Alex Nissenberg returned to the lineup and went 3 for 4, with 3 RBIs).
Coach Huggins used Warren Newton, Owen Khanna (W), Luke Moore and Ayden Gralund on the mound.
The Giants don’t have long to rest as they host Evanston for a pair on Monday (2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.). The Outlaws come in with a 28-19 record. The teams shared a doubles program at Evanston on July 13.