Giants fall to 5-12 after tough stretch of the schedule

JACKSON, Wyo. – The Jackson Giants have run into a tough stretch on the schedule, dropping four straight and winning just two of their last nine games.

The Post 43 Giants blasted Thunder Ridge 10-3 to start the Wyoming versus Idaho Border War tournament held in Jackson last weekend. Things went south after that for the host team, however, as the Giants came up on the wrong end of two heartbreakers and two blowouts.

Connor Lang went the distance on the mound for the Giants in their 10-3 win over Thunder Ridge on Saturday, June 20. Lang surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 2. Mason Wright and Aaron Moya fueled the offensive attack for Jackson who broke a 3-3 tie in the 4th inning and never looked back.

Saturday’s late game featured a rematch against a team that dealt Jackson an 11-2 drubbing to start the season back on May 25. With Jackson on its home field, things went differently with both teams playing tight baseball through the regulation 7 innings.

Seth Christiansen pitched a gem through 7, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits while fanning 8 batters. Parker Bleggi finished the final 3 innings and was tagged with the loss despite surrendering only 2 hits while striking out 7. The Tigers plated the winning run in the top of the 10th innings for a 3-2 win.

On Sunday the tournament got off on the wrong foot for the Giants as they watched an early lead slip away against the Hillcrest Knights. Quentin Bruno turned in another quality start but control issues continue to plague the Giants’ bullpen. Kyle Cranston walked 3 in allowing 3 runs. Bridger Hammond gave up 5 runs including 2 free passes. Final: Hillcrest 12, Jackson 4.

The final game of the tourney was another nail biter that the Post 43 Giants just couldn’t put away. Mason Wright and Aaron Moya again had a strong day at the plate for Jackson but the Giants squandered a solid starting effort from Grant Parkin (5I, 7H, 2R) and lost to Rock Springs 4-2.

With the tournament over, Jackson headed over the hill to Pocatello to take on the Runnin’ Rebels on Tuesday, June 23. The Giants’ bats were stymied by strong Pokie pitching, while Jackson pitchers Aaron Moya and Steven Ashurts were pounded for 21 runs on 23 hits.

The final 21-1 defeat to Pocatello dropped the Giants’ record to 5-12 on the season. Jackson hits the road to Montana for the Bozeman Invitational from June 25-28. The next Giants’ home game is the Teton Classic tournament July 2-5.

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