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CHRONICLE July 9, 2020 The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Lovell Mustang win conference contest at Powell BY DAVID PECK After a pair of rain— outs earlier in the week, the Lovell Mustangs got a cou— ple of games in last Wednes- day, July 1, and picked up their first conference win of the season. They then dropped both ends of a doublehead- er in Riverton Monday. The Mustangs had been schedule to play a com- bined A/ B doubleheader Monday, June 29, in Powell, but that pair was washed out by a storm that passed through the area. The same storm left a field in Laurel, Mont., too wet to play on, so a Tuesday twin bill against the Laurel Dodgers was also cancelled. Wednesday, howev- er, the Mustangs traveled to face the Powell Pioneers in a conference A game and beat the Pioneers 7-4 before dropping game two 17-3. Lovell couldn’t put a run on the scoreboard for the first five innings of game one and trailed 3-0 after five. But the Mustangs plat— ed two in the. top of the sixth and five in the seventh to win 7—4, with Powell scor— ing one in the bottom of the ' sixth between the two Mus- tang rallies. “We had a few opportu— nities early. They had Colin Queen on the mound, their ace, and we did a good job grinding out and having quality at bats,” manager Mike Jameson said. “A few times with the wind blow— ing in the ball hun up. To— ward the end of t e game we were starting to see the ball better and were able to capitalize on the same kind of opportunities we had earlier on.” CJ Pickett doubled home two runs in the sixth, and the Mustangs contin— ued to hit the ball in the sev— DAVID PECK Lovell Mustangs second baseman Will Spann fires a throw to first base for an out during a game with Riverton June 24 at the Cowley Legion Field. enth. With his team down 4—2, Ezra Harlow doubled to score Irving Castro, pinch running for William Spann, who led off the inning with a single. After a single b Jess Wambeke and a wal to Carlos Rodriguez to load the bases, Tyson Christian— sen walked to force in the tying run. After a force at home for the first out, Branson Robi- son singled to score Rodri- guez, Pickett reached on an error to score Christiansen and Satchel Ginest scoot- ed home on a passed ball to make the score 7—4 before Powell got out of the inning. Starting pitcher Jess Wambeke got the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and after he ran out of pitches Pickett re— corded the final out to seal the win. Wambeke allowed four runs, two earned, in 6 2/ 3 innings of work on nine hits but only a single walk. He struck out nine. “Jess was good the whole night," Jameson said. “He did a good job limiting the walks to just the one and with the nine strikeouts was very comfortable and confident on the mound. He did a great job.” Robison and Harlow had two hits each for the Mus- tangs, who had nine hits in SAM SMITH Lovell Phillies baserunner Hannity Felkins slides into heme plate during the Phillies’ loss to Powell Thursday at Constitution Park. Phillies softball squad falls to Powell at home BY SAM SMITH The Lovell Phillies youth softball squad battled Pow— ell in a true slugfest Thurs— day at Constitution Park. The Phillies fell to Pow— ell 16-12. Lovell led 6—2 after three innings of play. The visitors from Powell Scored eight runs in the fourth to lead 10—6, but the home team responded and scored six runs in the same inning to lead 12-10 going into the final inning. Powell scored six runs in the fifth to grab the lead. Lovell was unable to rally in their at bat as the visitors from Park County went on to win by four. Cecelia Collins, Keylee Christiansen, Kindle Col— lins, Ashley Mangus and Jenna Hessenthaler each had a hit in the game. Kan- dace Asay, Christiansen, Hannity Felkins, Collins and Mangus each scored two runs in the game. Christiansen pitched a complete game, striking out eight Powell batters. Tuesday, the Phillies fell to Cody 23—0 in Powell. The Phillies will host Powell today (Thursday) at 5:30 and 7 pm. at Constitu- tion Park. the game. In game two, Lovell took a 1—0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Ginest, but Lovell starting pitcher Blake Wilson and reliever CJ Pickett allowed 12 runs in the bottom of the inning on four walks, two wild pitches and eight hits. The Mustangs made two er— rors in the inning, as well. “It was just one of those things that happen in base— ball where Blake couldn't seem to get comfortable on the mound and struggled to throw strikes,” James- on said. “As has been char- acteristic this year, when something starts to go wrong, it snowballs and goes from bad to worse.” The Mustangs cut into the lead in the second in- ning on a two—run triple by Rodriguez, and Pick— ett settled down to blank the Pioneers in the sec— ond and third. But the Pio- neers scored five insurance runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Lovell had only three hits in the game, one each by Rodriguez, Ginest and Robison. Wilson took the loss on the hill. RIVERTON TWIN BILL Monday in Riverton, the Mustangs led Riverton 3—2 in game one after 41/2 in- nings, but the home team rallied for five in the bot- tom of the fifth to take a 7—3 lead, which would end up being the final score. Lovell plated two in the top of the second to put the first runs on the score— board. Riverton matched the Mustangs with two in the bottom of the frame, but Lovell scored a single run in the top of the third to lead 3—2 when Rodriguez singled and scored on a two-out base hit by Bishop Trainor. Christiansen relieved starting pitcher Rodriguez on the mound for the Mus- tangs and blanked the Raid— ers in the bottom of the third and fourth, but RiVer— ton got to Christiansen and reliever Robison to score five in the fifth with two out on three hits and four walks. The Lovell bats went cold, meanwhile, and the Mustan 3 failed to score in the fina four innings. “Our pitchers threw well, for the most part,” Jameson said. “Branson, in his first outing, did well but couldn’t get out of the in— ning with the two outs and Riverton was able to cap- italize on some of those walks. “We couldn’t make the adjustment at the plate. At one time we had nine ground outs to their shortstop." Game two was all River— ton as the Raiders pounded Lovell starter Ginest for five runs in the first inning and four in the second to build a 9—1 lead en route to a 14—4 win. “Satchel was leaving the ball up and not getting a lot of movement on his off—speed pitches,” James- on noted. “They were able to get to him early, and he also struggled with control." The Mustangs cut the deficit to five at 9—4 Vvith three in the fourth as Cale Wright sin led home a pair and score on a single by Rodriguez. But the Mus- tangs didn’t score again as Riverton “IO—runned” the visitors with a run in the fourth and four in the bot— tom of the sixth. Riverton only out-hit Lovell 9-8 in the game, but three errors and nine walks doomed Mustang pitch- ers Ginest, Lane Herman and Trainor. Rodriguez and Herman had two hits each to lead the Lovell offense. Rodriguez and Wright each drove in a pair. The Mustangs hosted Cody Wednesday night for a pair of conference games and will then participate in the Billings Halos Tourna- ment this weekend. Lovell is scheduled to meet the Up- per Deck Expos at noon Fri- day and the Miles City Mav- ericks at 2:30 pm. at the Halos field, followed by the host Halos Saturday at 9:30 am, with one more game to follow on Saturday. Tuesday, the Mustangs are scheduled to host the Laurel Dodgers at 5 and 7 pm. SAM SMITH Lovell Mustangs C baserunner Alex Hedges dives back to first base during a game with the Powell Pioneers June 20 at the Cowley Legion Field. Mustangs C team sweeps Powell on the road BYSAM SMITH The Lovell Mustangs extended their winning streak to six with a road non—conference sweep over the Powell Pioneers Thursday. The two wins boosted the Mustangs’ record to 13-7 on the season. In game one of the doubleheader, the Mus— tangs defeated Powell 17— 6. Lovell never trailed in the game as they led 4-1 after one inning, 6—1 af- ter two innings, 10—2 af— ter three and 12—5 after four innings. Lovell out— scored Powell 5—1 in the fifth to complete the 11— run victory. ' The Mustangs had 17 hits in the win. Da- vin Crosby went 3—3 with two RBIs and a run, Lafe Files 3—4 with three RBIs and four runs. Max Cooley went 2—4 with three RBIs and a run, Tucker Jackson 2—3 with two runs. Jonny Coyne went 2—2 with an RBI and a run. Max Cooley started on the mound and pitched three innings, striking out three Powell batters and allowing two runs and walking. three. Bischoff came in and pitched the final two in- min 3, allowing four runs on our hits and five walks. In game two, Lovell defeated Powell 17-12 in a high-scoring affair. The Mustangs led 8—2 after three innings of play. After a scoreless fourth, Pow- ell edged Lovell 10—9 in the last three innings, but the Mustangs held on to win by five. Lovell had 14 hits in the game. Alex Hedges went 3-5 with two RBIs and three runs, Crosby 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs. Cooley went 2—2 with four RBIs, TJ Davis 2—2 with an RBI and a run. Hudson May start- ed on the hill and pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out two Powell batters and a1— lowing two runs on one hit and six walks. Crosby relieved May and pitched 2 1/3 innings, issuing two walks. Next up was Jackson as he pitched 11/3 innings, allowing four runs. Wilson came in and pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out two batters and allowing four runs. Coyne pitched the fi— nal inning, fanning one batter and allowing two runs and walking three batters. The Mustangs will host Cody today (Thursday) for a non-conference double— header with the Cubs at 5 and 7 pm. Lovell is scheduled to compete at the Buffalo Wild Wings Tournament in Billings this weekend. The tournament begins Friday and will continue through Sunday. The Mus— tangs will face the Triple Play Academy Sidewinders at 11 am. and the Gallatin Valley 14U at 3 pm. Friday. Saturday, Lovell will meet the 406 Flyers 14U at 2 pm. Tuesday, the Mus- tangs will travel to Cody to conclude the regular season with a non—con- ference doubleheader at 5 and 7 pm.