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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I August 2, 2012 CHR I S Mustangs fall in late-inning rallies at District BY DAVID PECK strong on the mound for the You can say one thing:.dustangs, allowing only about the Lovell Mustang$1ree runs over the first at last week's North Class A District Tournament in Powell: They battled - and they nearly won, against teams from much larger communities, Casper and Gillette. "They played better to- ward the end of the season," manager Ray Peterson said of his relatively young eight innings. Casper plat- ed two runs in the second and one more in the fifth, but Pickett held the Drill- ers scoreless in six other in- nings. Casper starter Galey blanked the Mustangs over the first three innings, but they rallied for three in the fourth. Pickett singled with squad. "They made fewer 0ne out and scored on a errors, and they stuck wityle Peterson triple. Peter- it. They could have wqn scored on an infield hit both games. In fact, th ]y McKayan May, who also were vinning both. ame around to score. We struggled with our  After Casper tied the pitching this year. We had score in the fifth, Lovell two steady pitchers (Steven and Dillon Pickett) and the rest were coming along. Our arms were getting stronger. Two who pitched last year didn't come out. Our hitting has improved." Wednesday, the Mus- tangs opened tournament play against the Casper Drillers, the Class A team of the Casper Oilers. All season, Legion teams play mostly seven-in- ning games because of the numerous doubleheaders they play, but once tourna- ment starts, the games are nine-inning affairs. Had Wednesday's game been a seven-inning game or even an eight-inning game, the Mustangs would have won 4-3. Instead, they fell 7-4 on a ninth-inning Gillette rally. Steven Pickett was edged ahead 4-3 with a run in the sixth when May dou- :: :: ::: bled and scored on a single by Jacob Adey. The score remained 4-3 until the fateful ninth when Casper scored four runs despite not hitting Pickett hard. The inning began with a walk on a 3-2 count, and then came a bunt single, a bloop single to center, a two-run single to left, an infield single, a popup, a fielder's choice for the second out and a strike- out. Somehow, amidst all of that, the Drillers plat- ed four runs, and with the bottom of the order at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, the Mustangs were retired in order with a 7-4 loss. LOSS TO GILLETTE On Thursday, the Mus- tangs faced the Gillette DAVID PECK Lovell Mustang Jesse Bassett attempts to break up a double play during Thursday's game against the Gillette Rustlers at the District Tournament in Powell. Rustlers, the Class A team of the Gillette Roughriders. The Rustlers had fallen to host Powell on Wednesday, 16-6, and though Lovell led at numerous points during the game, Gillette escaped with a 16-13 win. Lovell led 2-1 after two innings, 4-2 after three and 7-3 after four, and even af- ter the Rustlers plated five runs in the top of the fifth to lead 8-7, Lovell respond- ed with two in the bottom of the frame to lead 9-8. Gillette scored three more in the sixth to lead 11- 9, but Lovell tied it with two in the seventh. Lovell blanked Gillette in the top of the eighth and scored two in the bottom of the inning to lead 13-11, but ninth-inning woes again plagued the Mustangs as Gillette scored five runs to lead 16-13, then shut down the heart of the Lovell order in the bottom of the inning to win. Dillon Pickett started on the mound for the Mus- tangs and was relieved by brother Steven in the sixth. May relieved after Steven Pickett ran out of allowed innings,' and Dillon went back on the mound to fin- ish up. The Mustangs hit the ball Thursday. Dillon Pick- ett was 4-6, Steven Pickett 3-4 plus two walks, Peter- son 3-6 and May 2-6. Tony Rodriguez and Daniel Call combined to go 4-5 from the ninth place in the batting order. Lovell finished the sea- son with a 10-32 record. "We played 42 games, and we played them all in two months. Our schedule was pretty demanding," Pe- terson said. "We played a lot of baseball in two months. And sometimes it was with nine players." Peterson said he is op- timistic about next season. Every member returns ex- cept Kyle Peterson and Col- lin McArthur. "I'm looking forward to next year. A lot of the play- ers have committed to play- ing and sticking with it," he said. "And we may get some players back who didn't play this year, and maybe some Babe Ruth players from Greybull from that good Greybull team. We're excited about that." Competition heats up at Cowley Pioneer Day Rodeo ..... , , , ; .... :; " BY PATTI CARPENTER ing Club Pioneer Day ing hot sun to see some ro- liet, Mont. 3rd = Anna Paris, Aspen Aquirre, Powell. Saddle ]ronc 1st- Grant Competitors from Wy- oming, neighboring states and even one from as far away as Wisconsin showed up to compete in about a dozen different events from barrel racing to bull riding and everything be- tween at the Cowley Rid- Rodeo held in conjunction with Pioneer Day on Sat- urday, July 21, at the ro- deo grounds in Cowley. As always, the event drew an enthusiastic crowd of friends, family and rodeo fans enduring an afternoon in the blaz- deo action. 2012 PIONEER DAY RODEO RESULTS Bareback- No qualifiers Calf roping'lst - Brady Penman, Cowley Ladies Barrels 1st - Ash- ley Coleman, Rice Lake, Wis. 2nd - Nikki Korte, Jo- Powell, 4th - Natalie Hamil- ton, Cowley. Jr. Youth Barrels 1st - Abby Hamilton, Cowley, 2nd - Kalian Jones, Cowley, 3rd - Ryan Nunn, Lovell. Youth Barrels 1st - Bai- ley Mulholland, Cowley, 2nd - Logan Nunn, Lovell, 3rd - Steer Riding 1st - Shawn Perkins, Roberts, Mont., 2nd - Tyler Steed, Cowley. Ladies Breakaway 1st - Callie Nelson, Greybull. Youth Breakaway 1st - Tyler Steed, Cowley. Bulls 1st - Brock Wat- son, Cody. Powers, Cody. Team Roping 1st - Casey Good / Kenny Stanbaugh, 2nd - Casey Good / Casey Nelson, 3rd - Gary Kurz / Kevin Merrill, 4th - Braden Grant / Doug Harrison. There were no wild horse racing teams. LI00T. T '.'  I '."./ PA'FrI CARPENTER The father and son ropin team of Logan and Todd Nunn participated in the team-roping event at tliPi0neer Day Rodeo held on July 21 in Cowley. PATti CARPENTER Dusty Willis of Deaver races around a barrel in the Junior Youth Barrel racing event at the Pioneer Day Rodeo held in Cowley on July 21. Lovell Men's Softball Standings Team W L Nicholls 19, Webers 2 Nicholls 6 1 Bassetts 26, Floods 10 Bassetts 6 1 SCHEDULE Savages 6 2 Thursday, Aug. 2 Monsters 4 5 Monsters vs. Nicholls, 6 Hitz. 3 4 p.m. Savages vs. Bassetts, Webers 2 6 7:15 Floods 0 8 Webers vs. Hitz, 8:30 RESULTS Tuesday, Aug. 7 Thursday, July 26 Nicholls vs. Bassetts, 6 Savages 23, Webers 11 p.m. Monsters 19, Floods 6 Monsters vs. Hitz, 7:15 Hitz 26, Nicholls 25 Savages vs. Floods, Tuesday, July 31 8:30 Monsters 12, Savages 10 Please recycle this newspaper. Middle School and High School Sports Physical Examinations Friday, August 10, 2012 by appointment on/y//imited space Call 307-548-9338 CHIR01ICTIC 22z E. Main St., Lovell, WY