Concluding a rugged stretch that saw them play 18 games in about three weeks, the Lovell Mustangs won one of three games at the Douglas wood bat tournament over the weekend.
The Mustangs opened play against the Torrington Tigers Friday and fell 11-3 on a tournament eight-run rule.
The game was tied 2-2 after three innings as Lovell starting pitcher Steven Pickett held the Tiger bats at bay, and Torrington led only 3-2 with two outs in the fourth until a double cleared the bases. A pair of errors hurt the Mustangs during the four-run Torrington fourth, coach Ray Peterson said. Torrington plated five more runs in the fifth and at that point the game was called.
Lovell scored a run in the first on an RBI single by McKayan May, another in the third on a run-scoring double by Daniel Call and a third run in the fourth on a Demitrie Montuy single.
“Errors hurt us Friday, and a lack of consistency at the plate,” Peterson said.
Win over Riverton
Playing again Saturday morning, Lovell edged the Riverton Raiders 14-12 in a wild and wooly game that saw the Mustangs claw from behind.
Lovell scored first with a pair in the top of the first on a two-run single by Call and added another in the second on an RBI double by Dillon Pickett, but Riverton got to Dillon (the starting pitcher) for three in the first inning, five in the second and one more in the third to lead 9-3.
The Mustangs got back into the game with three runs in the top of the fourth as Dillon Pickett, Kyle Peterson and May rapped consecutive singles and came around to score. Dillon Pickett shut the Raiders down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame, and the Mustangs plated six in the top of the fifth to lead 12-9.
CJ Murphey got the rally started with a single, and after Montuy walked, Steven Pickett doubled home Murphey and Dillon Pickett doubled to score Montuy and brother Steven. Kyle Peterson singled to score Dillon, and May tripled home Peterson, then scored the 12th run later in the inning.
Riverton rallied for three in the bottom of the fifth to knot the score 12-12, but Lovell scored two in the top of the sixth to lead again, then blanked the Raiders in the bottom of the inning.
Montuy ended up scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth when he was hit by a pitch with one out. Steven Pickett singled, and with two outs, Peterson walked to load the bases. May then doubled home Montuy and Pickett to put the Mustangs on top.
Dillon Pickett went the distance on the mound for the Mustangs to pick up the win.
“Our bats came alive and brought people around the bases,” Peterson said. “That was good to see. Even the bottom of the order was doing their job.
“We just kind of showed more maturity than we have all season long, picking each other up.”
After the Friday and Saturday pool games, the Mustangs met Rawlins in the fifth-place game early Sunday morning, falling to the Generals 8-2.
Mustang errors helped the Generals plate four runs in the top of the first inning, and they added another run in the second, two in the fourth and one in the sixth. Call started on the mound for the Mustangs and was relieved by May in the second. Brandon Dickson finished up later in the game.
Lovell scored a run in the first when Peterson singled and scored on a May single and another in the fifth when Montuy walked and scored on a Peterson sacrifice fly.
“We got there early and I thought we were ready to go,” Coach Peterson said. “We had beaten them in Green River. But their pitcher (Adam McFarland) had a really good breaking ball to go with his fastball. He was a good ballplayer.
“We seemed to make errors at the worst times, when we should have been out of an inning.”
In an earlier conference doubleheader last Tuesday, July 3, Lovell fell to Powell 24-5 and 10-0 at the ballpark in Cowley.
Home game Tuesday
Now 6-24, the Mustangs will play in the Billings Halos tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Billings, then will host the Sheridan Jets next Tuesday, July 17, at 1 and 3 p.m.
Peterson said the Mustangs will play the Billings Angels Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and the Cody Cubs at 1 p.m. and then on Friday will take on the Billings Halos at 10:30 and Livingston, Mont., at 1 p.m. before bracket play Saturday during this weekend’s tournament. Four of six tournament teams will advance to bracket play.
By David Peck