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10 The Lovell Chronicle ] June 28, 2012 CHRONICLE DAVID PECK Pitcher Jeremy Schneider of the North Big Horn Braves rocks and fires during the Braves' 5-0 win over the Powell Cardinals Tuesday night. The Braves will meet the Twins for the interleague championship tonight (Thursday). DAVID PECK Brent Snyder of the North Big Horn Twins steals third base against the Powell Yankees Monday night during the Twins' 3-2 win. DAVID PECK McIntosh deliver a pitch dmng the North Big Horn Diamondbacks' interleague game against the Powell Cardinals Monday night. in BY DAVID PECK It will be an aU-North Big Horn championship game to- night (Thursday) as the first In- terleague Majors Tournament for Little League Baseball concludes in Lovell. This year, instead of league teams playing each other yet again in a post-season tourna- ment, North Big Horn and Powell officials decided to join forces for a combined, interleague tourna- ment for both the Majors and Mi- nors divisions, with Lovell host- ing the Majors and Powell the Minors this year. Majors play started Monday evening at the Northeast Little League Complex, and the North Big Horn Twins edged the Powell Yankees 3-2, while the Powell Cardinals ripped the NBH Dia- mondbacks 12-0. In Tuesday's semifinal round, the Twins topped the Powell Gi- ants 13-3 while the NBH Braves blanked the Cardinals 5-0. That sets up Thursday's champion- ship game between the North Big Horn Twins and Giants at 6 p.m. The Giants and Cards play for third at the same time. In the Minors Tournament being played in Powell this week, play began Monday with the Powell Blue Jays edging the North Big Horn Cardinals 10-9 and the Powell A's beating the Powell Dodgers 15-12. Tuesday, the NBH Red Sox edged the Powell Diamondbacks 14-13 while the Powell Orioles snuck by the NBH Phillies 13-12. Two more Minors games were played Wednesday night, setting up semifinal games Thursday at 6 p.m. and the championship and third-place games Friday, also at 6. Meanwhile, the North Big Horn ll-12-year-old and 9-10-year-old all-star teams have been working out preparing for district action that begins the week after next. The all-stars will play in a tournament in Worland this weekend and another in Cody July 6-7. All-star pool play among North Big Horn, Powell and Cody will take place July 11-12, and in the case of the ll-12-year-olds, two of the three teams will ad- vance to the district tournament July 17-19 in Cody, with the state tournament to follow July 25-28 in Green River. All three north Big Horn Basin 9-10-year-old all- star teams will advance to the district tournament. BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Mustangs went 0-5 at the Powell Heavy Metal Classic over the weekend, but the young, team's record was not in- dicative of the baseball the Mus- tangs played - facing an all var- sity slate of opponents. Earlier in the season, the Mustangs played the junior var- sity squads from regional Amer- ican Legion powers Sheridan, Billings and Jackson, but instead of playing the Sheridan Jets and Billings Angels in Powell, the Mustangs went head to head with the varsity Sheridan Troop- ers and Billings Halos, as well as the varsity Cody Cubs, Powell Pi- oneers and a team from Williston, N.D. The Mustangs were competi- tive in all of the games. Lovell opened the tourna- ment against the Cody Cubs Fri- day morning and fell to the Cubs 11-5. Cody scored single runs in the first and second innings, but the Mustangs jumped ahead with three runs in the bottom of the first to lead 3-2 after two. Steven Pickett led off the home half of the first with a single, and McK- ayan May doubled. Jacob Adey, Kyle Peterson and Jesse Bassett rapped consecutive singles as the Mustangs plated three. Cody got to Lovell starter Ca- leb Horrocks in the third, scoring six runs to take an 8-3 lead. CJ Murphey and Adey relieved Hor- rocks, and the Cubs added three more runs in the sixth. After the strong start, Lovell couldn't gen- erate another run until the fifth and sixth, plating a single run in each inning. Steven Pickett fmished the game 4-4 at the plate, and Adey had three hits. Facing the powerful Sheri- dan Troopers Friday afternoon, the Mustangs battled hard but fell 10-1. Sheridan jumped on Lovell starter Steven Pickett for four runs in the top of the first in- ning, then added two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the sixth as Pickett went the dis- tance. Lovell's lone run came in the fifth. Murphey walked and scored on a single by May. Lovell met Williston Satur- day morning and fell to the North Dakota squad 9-3. Lovell strug- gled at the plate early, not get- ting a runner on base for the first four innings as Williston built a 8-0 lead against starter Dillon Pickett. Kyle Peterson led off the fifth with a double and scored Lovell's first run, and the Mustangs add- ed two more in the sixth as Dil- lon Pickett and May scored and Peterson hit his second consecu- tive two-bagger. Williston added one more run in the bottom of the sixth. Dillon Pickett went the dis- tance on the mound for the Mus- tangs, pitching well except when some wildness allowed Wflliston to mount a rally. The Mustangs met the Billings Halos in game two Sat- urday morning, and while their bats heated up to score seven runs, Billings plated 13 to take the win. The game was scoreless through two innings, and Lovell broke through for six runs in the top of the third to lead 6-0. Hits by Dillon Pickett (two), Bassett, Brandon Dickson and Steven Pickett fueled the Lovell attack. But Billings countered with eight runs in the bottom of the frame, finally getting to Lovell hurler McKayan May. After Lovell made it 8-7 with a run in the fourth when Peter- son singled and came home on a single by Bassett, Billings struck again in the fifth, scoring five runs. The game was called due to the time limit at that point. The Mustangs wrapped up the tournament on Sunday af- ternoon with a narrow loss to the Powell Pioneers, 6-5, a rath- er frustrating loss for the Mus- tangs. The Mustangs appeared to have plated two runs in the top of the first on a single by Kyle Pe- terson, but baserunner Steven Pickett was called out due to run- ner interference after umpires listened to comments from the stands, Coach Ray Peterson said. A Powell run in the bottom of the frame was answered by a sin- gle tally in the top of the second by the Mustangs as Dickson sin- gled and scored on a hit by Dan- iel Call. Powell went up 3-1 with two in the bottom of the second, but Lovell plated two in the third to tie the score when Call doubled home Peterson and Caleb Hor- rocks. After Powell scored one in the bottom of the third, the Mus- tangs took the lead with two in the fourth when Steven Pickett doubled and Dillon Pickett sin- gled, later scoring. Starter Steven Pickett blanked Powell in the fourth, but Powell plated t . in the fifth to regain the lead and thvMustangs failed to score fifth or sixth innings. Steven Pickett went the dis- tance on the mound for the Mus- tangs, and Dillon Pickett and Kyle Peterson led the team with three hits apiece. "We're getting more expe- rience," Coach Peterson said. "We're making fewer errors, and the defense knows what to do with the ball and what plays to make. Our (pitching) arms are getting stronger. "Offensively, our pitch selec- tion is better. We're being more patient, and our batting is get- ting stronger. Our younger play- ers are contributing. They're get- ting the bat on the ball." HOME OPENER The Mustangs are 5-19 over- all and 1-5 in the Northwest Con- ference following a conference doubleheader in Riverton Tues- day night. The Mustangs won the first game 5-1 and dropped the nightcap 15-5. No further details were available by press time. The Mustangs will play their first home game of the season to- night (Thursday) at 5 p.m. when they meet the Douglas Cats at 5 p.m. Douglas was 8-23 after weekend play, according to state American Legion standings. Lovell will have the week- end off, then will host Powell for a conference twin bill Tuesday, July 3, at 4 p.m. The Mustangs will attend the Douglas wood bat tournament July 6-8 and the Billings Halos tournament July 12-14. Greybull Geckos top North Big Horn Rockies BY DAVID PECK The Greybull Geckos came to Cowley Friday night to meet the North Big Horn Rockies and came away with an 8-2 win. According to statistical "Game Changer" software sup- plied by Greybull, the Geckos slowly pecked away at Rockies starter CJ Murphey, scoring sin- gle runs in the first, second, third and fourth innings, ther adding four more in the fifth. The Rockies, meanwhile, scored a run in the first and an- other in the fourth, making the score 4-2 at the time before the Greybull nine put the game away. Lovell had only two hits, ac- cording to the Greybull stats, sin- gles by Jordan Arnold and Aaron Monterde. Arnold and Dakota Bond had RBIs in the game. Murphey went the distance on the mound, allowing eight runs on 10 hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. League manager Ray Peter- son said the North Big Horn A's defeated the Rockies last Tues- day, June 19, in Cowley. No details were reported this week by Babe Ruth coaches. The A's are scheduled to play the Geckos in Greybull tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m and the Rockies will host the Otto Rat- tlers Friday at 6 p.m. The Rockies are scheduled to travel to Thermopolis Monday for a 6 p.m. contest, and the A's are scheduled to return to Greybull on Thursday, July 5, for a 6 p.m. start. www.Love I ICh ron icl e.c om