Little League all-stars beat Green River for third

The 2011 North Big Horn Little League season ended on a high note last week when the 11-12-year-old all-stars from Lovell, Cowley and Byron placed third at the West District Tournament in Lyman.

After defeating host Bridger Valley on Monday 16-10 then falling to Cody Tuesday 14-1 (as reported last week), the North Big Horn stars played for third Wednesday afternoon against Green River and won 11-6. The win ended the season for the all-stars, since the district tournament is single-elimination.

“For being our first year (of sanctioned Little League Baseball), I thought we did dang good,” coach John Schneider said. “We had our ups and downs, but with only 3,000 people here with Cowley and Byron, against Green River, we did very well.”

Green River hit a three-run homerun off North Big Horn starter Riley Abraham in the top of the first inning, but Abraham settled down after that, allowing only three runs over the next four innings before giving over to Tyler Teter for one inning of relief.

North Big Horn scored one run in the bottom of the first when Abraham singled and scored, and after Cody made it 5-1 with two in the top of the second, NBH plated four runs in the bottom of the second to knot the score 5-5. Jeremy Schneider had a two-run single during the NBH rally.

Abraham shut the Green River bats down in the third, and North Big Horn took the lead with a run in the bottom of the frame when Wyatt Horrocks singled and scored.

Green River scored one run in the top of the fourth to tie the score 6-6, but North Big Horn responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Tristan Jewell, Abraham, Schneider (triple) and Tyler Teter had hits in the inning, but Coach Schneider said several of the runs came in on passed balls, adding, “We were hitting the ball. We had very few strikeouts (in the game).”

Schneider said he would have liked to see the tournament continue in double-elimination fashion, noting, “We never saw the other side of the bracket. We never saw Riverton or Powell.”

Schneider was assisted in Lyman by John Dickerson, Bryce Dickerson and Tommy Flood.

The Little League 11-12-year-old State Tournament is being held this week in Gillette with only a four-team bracket. In Monday’s games, Laramie defeated Riverton 12-8 and Cody edged Gillette 8-7.

By David Peck