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CHRONICLE June 11, 2015 I The Lovell Chronicle 19 BY SAM SMITH The Office Shop Cardi- nals Major League team and the North Big Horn No. 1 Mi- nor League team took sec- ond place at the School's Out Tournament Friday-Satur- day in Lovell. Games were played at the East Little League Complex and at the Constitution Park field. The Cardinals started off pool play Friday by defeat- ing the Cody Stampede No. 1 team 4-3 at the East Little League Complex. Ralph Moreno went 2-2 at the plate with a single and a double and scored a run. Jess Wambeke went 1-3 with an RBI single that brought in two runs. Wambeke was on the mound for one inning and struck out two batters and allowed a hit. CJ Pickett re- lieved Wambeke and pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed three walks and struck out one batter. Branson Robison relieved Pickett and pitched the rest of the game, striking out seven Cody batters and allowing three walks, three runs and five hits. "All three pitchers pitched well," coach Justin Moss said. "Jess Wambeke came up with a clutch hit. It was a good win and it's been a long time since we beat Cody." Next, the Cards defeated Worland 6-4 to take the num- ber one seed out of the A pool going in to bracket play. Trace Moss went 3-3 with two singles and an RBI single and scored a run. Zane Hor- rocks went 1-2 with a single and scored two runs. Wam- beke went 1-2 with an RBI double and also scored a run. Horrocks pitched 3 2/3 innings and struck out nine Worland batters and allowed four walks, four runs and three hits. Zeke Newman re- lieved Horrocks and pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out one batter and allowing a hit and a walk. "They overcame their mistakes, never got their heads down and made some big plays at the end," coach Bill Pickett said. The Cowley Lumber In- dians started pool play by falling to the Cody Stampede No. 2 team 17-0 at the Consti- tution Park field. "We got hits, but we didn't hit the ball enough for back to back," coach Doug Arnold said. "Cody is a solid team. You've got to earn your runs against them. They hit well, pitch well and field well; they are well coached. George Higgins was fabulous on the mound. He pounded the' strike zone and didn't walk a batter." Next, the Indians defeat- ed South Big Horn 19-9. Tyler Nichols went 2-4 at the plate with a single and an inside- the-park homerun. Dallen SAM SMITH North Big Horn No. 1 batter Jayden Snyder slides into home plate during a School's Out Tournament game Saturday at the East Little League Complex as North Big Horn No. 2 catcher Carsyn Weber tries to apply the tag in time. NBH 1 defeated NBH 2 9-6 to finish second in the tournament. Mangus also went 2-4 with two doubles and scored a run. Lane Herman went 1-1 with a two-run RBI double and scored three runs. "It was a nice complete game," Arnold said. 'Tfe got key hits at the right time, we defended well and our pitch- ers were efficient." SATURDAY BRACKET PLAY Bracket play began Sat- urday with the Cards defeat- ing the Indians 11-1 to ad- vance in to the championship game. Moss pitched four in- nings for the Cards, striking out five batters and allow- ing two hits, two walks and a run. He also went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI single and an RBI triple and scored two runs. Horrocks went 2-2 with a single and a triple and scored three runs. Robison and Newman went 1-2 with Robison hitting an RBI double and scoring a run and Newman hitting an RBI single and also scoring a run. "It was just a good job by our kids," Moss said. "Bran- son and Zeke have been in a slump and got some good hits today. We had three triples, which was really good." For the Indians, Tyson Christiansen went 1-2 with a single and scored the lone run, and Mangus also went 1-2 with a single. Herman pitched 3 2/3 innings, strik- ing out three Cardinal bat- ters and allowing seven hits, nine runs and a walk. "Lane Herman pitched three solid innings," Arnold said. 'Tqe played good de- fense for three innings, but we didn't get it done in the fourth." In the championship game, the Cards fell to Cody Stampede No. 2 19-3 to take second in the tourney. Hor- rocks went 2-2 with a homer- un in the first inning and a single. Wambeke and Moss went 1-2 with RBI singles. CJ Pickett started on the mound, striking out two bat- ters and allowing five hits, five runs and two walks. Wambeke relieved Pickett and pitched 2 1/3 innings, striking out three Cody bat- .ters. Newman relieved Wam- beke and finished the game, striking out two batters and allowing a walk. The Indians fell to the Cody Stampede No. 1 10-7 to finish in fourth place in the tourney. "It was by far the most complete game we've played except for one notorious in- ning," Arnold said. TUESDAY GAMES On Tuesday, the Indians fell to SBH 8-4 at the East Little League Complex. Nich- ols went 1-3 with a triple and scored a run and Dallen Man- gus also went 1-3 with a dou- ble and a run. Higgins pitched 3 1/3 in- nings and struck out five bat- ters and allowed a hit, a run and a walk. Chance Abraham relieved Higgins and pitched 1/3 of an inning and struck out two SBH batters and al- lowed three hits, seven runs and a walk. Tyson Christiansen re- lieved Abraham and pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out two batters and allowing three walks and a hit. Arnold fmished the game, pitching 2/3 of an inning, striking out one batter and allowing two walks. "Tonight, we held South Big Horn to five scoreless in- nings, but we still had that one bad inning," Arnold said. "I give the SBH pitcher cred- it for keeping our batters off balance with a variety of pitches." The Cards faced Otto on Tuesday in Otto. No score or results were available before press time. The Cards will face Pow- ell in Powell today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. then host a double- header against Powell on Sat- urday at 9 and 11 a.m. at the East Little League Complex. On Monday, the Cards will face South Big Horn in Greybull at 6:30 p.m will meet Powell Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Constitution Park field and will then face Wor- land at 8 p.m. The Indians will travel to Worland for a doubleheader today (Thursday) at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. Friday, the Indians will face Otto at the Constitution Park field at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Indians will face Powell at the East Little League Complex at 1 p.m. On Monday, the Indians will travel to Otto for a 7 p.m. game, and on Tuesday, the Indians will face Worland at the East Little League Com- plex at 6 p.m. MINOR LEAGUE The North Big Horn No. 1 team, consisting of players from the AMCOL Rod Sox, the Lovell Dental Dodgers and the Bank of Lovell Pi- rates, opened up round-robin play falling to Worland 13-9 Friday in the first game of the School's Out Tournament. "We actually played re- ally well," coach Shem McAr- thur said. "We missed a few at bats, but overall, for play- ing Worland, we played well and it was a learning experi- ence for the kids." The North Big Horn No. 2 team, consisting of play- ers from the Wilson Broth- ers Construction Tigers and the TCT West Angels, fell to South Big Horn in a close game 8-7. "Our kids played good to- gether," coach Jeff Samson said. "We just couldn't quite hold on for the win." Round-robin play contin- ued Saturday with North Big Horn No. 1 defeating South Big Horn 9-1. "We had excellent pitch- ing and finally got our bats going in this game," McAr- thur said. NBH No. 2 team fell to Worland 24-0. The two minor league teams fmished up round-rob- in play with NBH No.1 de- feating NBH No. 2 9-6 to take second in the tournament. On Tuesday, the Dodgers defeated Otto 9-4 in Otto. The Pirates fell to SBH 12-7, also on Tuesday, at the East Little League Complex. The Tigers defeated the ROd Sox 8-4 at the Constitu- tion Park field on Tuesday. The Dodgers will face the Angels today (Thursday) at the East Little League Com- plex. Also on Thursday, the ROd Sox will face the Pirates in Cowley. Both games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. On Friday, Otto comes to town to face the Angels at 5:30 at the Constitution Park field. The Tigers and the Dodgers will also play on Fri- day at 6 p.m. at the East Lit- tle League Complex. Saturday, the Angels and Pirates will host teams from Powell as the Dodgers, ROd Sox and the Tigers will travel to Powell with games st ing at 9 and 11 a.m. Monday, the Tigers will face Otto in Otto at 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the Angels will face the Pirates at 6 p.m. at the East Little League Complex and the Tigers will face the ROd Sox in Byron at 6 p.m. drop two to Billings BY SAM SMITH The North Big Horn Mudcats dropped two close games to Billings teams at a tournament Saturday in Powell. The Mudcats first fell to the Billings No. 1 team 5-4. Ross Padilla and Juan Rivera beth went 1-2 with a single and two RBIs and Zane Hitz also went 1-2 with a single and a run for North Big Horn. Dylan Langston pitched four innings on the mound and struck out nine batters and allowed two hits, two walks and three runs. Padilla relieved Langston and pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out two bat- ters and allowing a hit, two walks and two runs. 'Tv'e came out swinging in the first few innings, but it seemed like we couldn't find a hole," coach Braden Hitz said. 'Their defense hardly had to move until the third inning. Dylan pitched great for us. Seems like every game I have a coach or um- pire telling me how well he does on the mound. I hope he stays with it. NBH fell to the Billings No. 2 team 9-7 to fmish up the tournament. Padilla went 2-3 with two singles, an RBI and a run and Ethan Price went 1-2 with a double, an RBI and one run. Rivera went 1-3 with a single, three RBIs and arun. Price pitched one inning on the mound and struck out one batter and allowed one hit, three walks and three runs. Rivera relieved Price and pitched four innings, striking out three Billings batters and allowing three hits, five walks and six runs. 'Tqe were down by six going into the final inning and we put the ball in play and some good things hap- pened, but it wasn't quite enough," Hitz said. 'Tqe gave that game away on walks and errors we don't usually make." "Overall, I just felt that we can play a lot better de- fensively and running the bases. They didn't play their best, but those days are going to happen. They didn't hang their heads or have bad atti- tudes about it, so that's good. It's how they act when they are down that shows char- acter, and they didn't disap- point. These are great kids." A Monday game against the Powell No. 1 team was cancelled. The Mudcats will trav- el to Worland Friday for a game at 6 p.m. On Monday, NBH will face the Cody No. 2 team in Cody for a double- header at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. BY DAVID PECK It was an up-and-down week for the Lovell Mus- tangs. After splitting a con- ference doubleheader with the Powell Pioneers on Mon- day, June 1, the Mustangs hosted the Douglas Cats Wednesday and dropped both ends of the twin bill 11-1 and 6-5. With several players missing due to the Shrine Bowl and a football camp, the outmanned Mustangs were clobbered twice by the Laurel Dodgers Monday night in Cowley, 11-0 and 21-0. The Mustangs used mostly younger players in the first game against Doug- las Wednesday, but the home team was competitive in game two, nearly pulling the upset. Douglas got to Lovell starter Jeremy Schneider for two runs in the first in- ning, but the lanky Lovell hurler settled down to blank the Cats over the next three innings. Douglas made it 3-0 with a run in the top of the fifth, but Lovell scored two in the bottom of the frame to stay close trailing 3-2. After Douglas went up 6-2 in the top of the sixth, Lovell plat- ed two in the bottom of the sixth and one more in the bottom of the seventh, only to fall just short. Monday night, start- er Justin Bacus had trou- ble finding the strike zone as Laurel scored eight runs in the second inning to lead 9-0. Some Lovell miscues contrib- uted to the onslaught. Dako- ta Bond relieved and threw strikes, blanking the Dodg- ers in the third and fourth before the visitor plated two more in the top of the fifth to lead 11-0. When Lovell failed to score in the bottom of the frame, the game end- ed on the 10-run rule. Manager Steve Durtsche was with the team in Sheri- dan Tuesday evening, and statistics were also unavail- able. The Mustangs added a DAVKD PECK Lovell Mustang base runner Wyatt Horrocks dives back at first base on a pickoff attempt during Lovelrs loss to the Laurel Dodgers Monday night in Cowley. game with the Sheridan Jets Tuesday and will host the Riverton Raiders Monday at 5 p.m. for a doubleheader. The Mustangs travel to Cody Tuesday for a twin bill at 5 p.m then will host the Jets Wednesday for two at 1 p.m Baseball dinner Saturday night The Lovell Mus- tangs American Legion team and the North Big Horn Mudcats and Grey- bull-Otto Bandits Ju- nior Little League (for- merly Babe Ruth) teams will host the fifth annual Senior League Baseball barbecue and rib din- ner this Saturday night, June 13, at the Lovell Fire Hall. The barbecue runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinners are $12 per plate, and tickets are available from any play- er or may be arranged by calling general manag- er Ray Peterson at 548- 6405. Peterson said up to 300 meals will be served. Following the din- ner, Peterson will hold a meeting for all play- ers and parents at 8 p.m. to start planning for the American Legion State Class A State Baseball Tournament to be held in Cowley July 22-24. /