BILLINGS — Zach Stewart doubled in two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday to lift the Billings Cardinals over the visiting Laurel Dodgers 12-11 in Class A American Legion baseball at Pirtz Field.
Stewart batted 4 for 5 and drove in three runs for the Cardinals.
Laurel won the second game of the doubleheader, 15-4.
In Game 1, the Billings team rallied from an early 8-1 deficit by racking up 18 hits. Nolan Berkram and Hunter Doyle had three hits apiece for the Cardinals, who scored a total of nine runs in the final four innings. Doyle, who had a triple and double, also drove in three runs. Nathan Swandal and Berkram also doubled.
Nick Schneider, who threw seven innings in relief, earned the pitching win.
Laurel received doubles from Richie Cortese, Braeden Foos and Maverick Hoppman. Teammate Jaxon Wittmayer tripled. Evan Caton drove in four runs for the Dodgers. Ian Bauer had three RBIs.
Bauer went 3 for 4 with three runs scored in the second game, while J.D. Ketterling drove in three runs for the Dodgers.