POCATELLO — Gate City saw a familiar opponent Saturday.
After a home win Friday against the Idaho Cubs, the Grays returned to Halliwell Park on Saturday for a non-conference doubleheader against the Cubs, who beat the Grays 6-3 in game one before winning 9-4 in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Grays shuffled their lineup and battled the Cubs in a back-and-forth game.
The Cubs took the third and final advantage of the game, 4-2, with a three-run fourth inning. Mark Steward’s RBI double tied the game 2-2 before an error later in the frame allowed Steward to score from second base, giving the Cubs a 3-2 advantage. Teammate Evan Harmon increased the Cubs’ lead to 4-2 after scoring on a wild pitch.
Gate City cut its deficit to 4-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly from Austin Losser in the bottom of the third, but the Cubs sealed the opening-game victory with a two-run top of the seventh.
“We are getting looks at guys,” Grays manager Trent Seamons said after game one. “This is a perfect opportunity. This is fun baseball, no pressure.”
The Grays got three innings of three-hit ball from Geo Sebena in the opener. He struck out five in another strong outing from a pitcher on Gate City’s staff.
PHOTOS: Gate City Grays vs. Idaho Cubs
Coming into Saturday’s doubleheader, the Grays had a 2.55 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 16 earned runs. Nine different hurlers have tallied at least one inning this season.
“We are really focusing on developing our depth right now,” Seamons said. “I’m really happy with how we look early in the season.”
Gate City lost game two, and no further information was available on the matchup.
The Grays (7-3, 6-1 Northern Utah League) play Monday at the Logan Royals.
IDAHO CUBS 6, GATE CITY 3
Idaho 100 300 2 — 6 7 2
Gate City 002 100 0 — 3 5 2
Idaho — WP: Massie. 2B: George, Warner, Steward.
Gate City — LP: Arzola. 2B: Long. 3B: Ditton, Higgans