POCATELLO — Braeden Leiby stepped to the plate in the seventh inning sporting an 0-for-4 day at the plate.
He finished the game 1 for 5, and the one was a game changer.
Leiby’s two-run double in the seventh inning gave the Gate City Grays the breathing room they needed Tuesday in a 12-11, nine-inning win against the South East Idaho Threads at Halliwell Park. The catcher’s two-out extra-base hit extended Gate City’s 10-9 lead to 12-9 — and it held despite the Threads’ multiple late-inning rallies.
The Grays (10-8, 8-4 Northern Utah League) finally bested the Threads in the clubs’ third meeting in a span of nine days. Leiby joined teammates Chans Arce and Ben Ditton with two RBIs in the win, in which the Grays used four pitchers to stave off the Threads.
Gate City got up big early, using timely hits to create separation. Ditton and Payton Higgins drove in runs during the Grays’ four-run second, while Brendan Hamill and Arce added on with RBIs in Gate City’s four-run fourth frame to put the Grays ahead 10-2.
PHOTOS: Grays vs. Threads
The Threads got four runs back in the fifth — the only inning they hassled Grays starting pitcher Connor Gibson. Gibson cruised through innings 1-4 by averaging under 12 pitches per frame. It took him 39 pitches to get three outs in the fifth, thanks to two hits, one Gate City error and three bases on balls.
The Threads scored three more runs in the seventh to further narrow the margin, then chipped in one run each in the eighth and ninth frames. Grays relief pitcher Dylan Chan ended the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, striking out Hayden Leatham and getting Colby Robison to pop out.
Get City’s next game is Friday against Smithfield at 7:30 p.m. at Halliwell Park.
GRAYS 12, THREADS 11 (9)
Threads 001 140 311 — 11 11 7
Grays 042 400 20x — 12 7 3
Threads — LP: Shimer. 2B: Snell, Lindstrom. 3B: Hemsley, Leatham.
Grays — WP: Gibson. 2B: Leiby. 3B: Arce.