Thursday, July 18, 2024

Keeping Score

Host Josh Amick represents Northwest Montana’s largest sports reporting team in Keeping Score, a podcast from the Daily Inter Lake. Multiple episodes each week keep you up to date on the Range Riders and Pioneer Baseball League as well as Northwest Montana and the Flathead Valley’s high school sports. Batter up for our Poster Player of the Week, game recaps, and interviews with coaches and players.


Range Riders Ride into History: Playoff Clinch and Record-Breaking Performances

This week, we dive into the Range Riders' electrifying journey as they clinch their first-ever playoff spot in dramatic fashion through a six-game series against the Boise Hawks. Join us as we dissect key moments, including Christian Kirtley's record-breaking performance and a clutch win highlighted by Gabe Howell's standout play. Get ready for insider analysis and a preview of their upcoming showdown against the Missoula PaddleHeads, promising more thrilling baseball action ahead! 

July 16, 2024

Poster Player of the Week - Kalispell AA Lakers' Byrce Buckmaster

Congratulations to Bryce Buckmaster of the Kalispell AA Lakers for being named this week’s Daily Inter Lake sports poster player of the week, presented by Hagadone Media Group Montana! In game one of Saturday’s doubleheader against Medicine Hat, Bryce went 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs and one run scored, batting out of the 9 hole. His outstanding performance contributed to the Lakers' 12-2 victory.

July 14, 2024

Range Riders Recap: Playoffs in Sight as Howell Shines and Challenges Loom

From the Glacier Range Rider's recent road struggles against Great Falls to standout performances by Gabe Howell - who's making a big impact since Mason Dinesen's departure - there's plenty to cover. With the playoffs in sight and key matchups ahead against the Boise Hawks, aiming to climb the standings, the Range Riders are focused on maintaining their momentum. Stay tuned as we break down all the action and look ahead to what's next for Glacier in their quest for a historic playoff berth.

July 10, 2024

Range Riders Recap: Kirtley's Heroics, Dinesen's Departure, and Voyagers Showdown

Host Josh Amick recaps the Glacier Range Riders' challenging series against the Missoula PaddleHeads, highlighting Christian Kirtley's record-breaking performance with six home runs. Despite initial losses, the Range Riders managed a comeback with key home runs from Gabe Howell and Ty Penner, showcasing resilience after losing their longest-tenured player, Mason Dinesen, to the Chicago White Sox. Looking forward, they prepare for a critical series against the Great Falls Voyagers to maintain their playoff position in the Pioneer League. 

July 2, 2024

From Rain Delays to Record Wins, Momentum Builds for Range Riders' Showdown with PaddleHeads

In this episode of the Keeping Score podcast, Josh Amick recaps the Range Riders' eventful week against the Great Falls Voyagers. Despite a tough start with a narrow 4-3 loss in the first game, highlighted by Tyler Clayton's promising debut disrupted by a rain delay, the Range Riders bounced back. They secured five consecutive wins, fueled by clutch performances including Mason Dinesen's game-changing walk-off hit and Brady Held's record-tying 11 strikeouts.

With momentum on their side, the Range Riders look ahead to a crucial series against the league-leading Missoula PaddleHeads, aiming to close the gap in the Pioneer League standings.

June 25, 2024

Range Riders have explosive wins, welcome new faces, and build team momentum

The Range Riders started their road trip against the Great Falls Voyagers, battling through a series that saw them drop a tough opener but bounce back with wins in the next two games. Ajay Szcepkowski made a splash in his debut, showcasing his talents after a stellar collegiate career. The highlight of the series was Wednesday's showdown, where the Range Riders triumphed in a thrilling home run derby after tying the game in regulation.  Their explosive offense continued as they returned home to Glacier Bank Park, dominating the Idaho Falls Chukars with a barrage of runs, led by Mason Dinesen and newcomer Ajay Szcepkowski's grand slam. 

The Range Riders welcomed several new faces last week - including standout players from Georgia Gwinnett College - reinforcing their lineup and showing early promise. Manager Paul Fletcher's strategic recruitment from his former coaching grounds paid dividends, bolstering team depth and morale. As they gear up for upcoming challenges, including addressing pitching consistency, the Range Riders aim to maintain their offensive prowess and build on their recent successes.

June 18, 2024