Twins edge Braves to win Little League tournament

Landon Townsend ripped a two-run triple, then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch as the North Big Horn Twins edged the NBH Braves 4-3 to win the first Interleague Majors Little League Baseball Tournament.

The tournament featured teams from Powell and north Big Horn County.

Braves pitcher Tristan Jewell covers home plate as Lathan May slides in to score a run for the Twins as umpire Doug Arnold observes during Thursday’s title game.

Coach Stacy Horrocks’ Twins were cardiac kids throughout the tournament. After edging the Powell Yankees 3-2 in game one on Monday, they clobbered the Powell Giants 13-3 on Tuesday. That set up Thursday’s championship game against the Braves.

The Braves, coached by John Schneider, reached the finale by shutting out the Powell Cardinals 5-0 Tuesday after an opening-round bye.

In Thursday’s title game, the Braves jumped on top 2-0 with a pair in the bottom of the first as Tanner Brinklow rapped a ground rule double. They added a run in the third to lead 3-0 and led 3-1 after five.

In the top of the sixth, walks to Garrett Vezain and Lathan May with one out led to Townsend’s two-run triple, and the redhead then scampered home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. The Twins then retired the Braves 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning for the win, dousing Horrocks with water during the celebration.

The Powell Giants beat the Powell Cards 4-0 in the third-place game.

Minors results

Friday in Powell, a pair of north Big Horn County teams met in the third-place game of the Interleague Minors Tournament. The North Big Horn Red Sox edged the NBH Dodgers 6-5 for third, finishing the tournament with a 2-1 record.

The Red Sox edged the Powell Diamondbacks 14-13 on Tuesday, then fell to the eventual champion Powell Red Sox in Thursday’s semifinal to reach the third-place game Friday. The Dodgers beat the Powell A’s Wednesday, 9-4, then fell to the Powell Orioles 8-7 on Thursday.

In Friday’s third-place game Lane Herman pitched four innings, Trevor Jewell one, and both pitched well, coach Todd Herman said.

“The team fielded well and hit the ball well,” he said.

Trevor Jewell doubled in the winning run in the fifth inning, he said.

The two tournaments wrap up the regular season for the North Big Horn Little League Baseball organization.

By David Peck

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