The North Big Horn Little League program concluded their respective interleague tournaments Thursday with the championship game for the Majors held in Powell and Lovell hosting the Minors finale.
Dodgers claim crown
The number one seed Minchow’s Service Dodgers faced off against the number one seed from Powell, the Diamondbacks, for the interleague tournament title at Coach One Eye Field in Lovell. The Dodgers defeated Powell 10-2 to claim their second title in the last three years.
At the plate, Trace Moss had an outstanding game with an RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning and a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning. Jacob Mangus, Dallen Mangus, Preston Nichols and Rhett Partridge each had RBI singles in the game. AnaMia Padilla also had a RBI in the game.
On the mound, Jess Wambeke recorded six strikeouts and Dawson May relieved Wambeke and recorded one strikeout.
“It was fun playing with all the players,” Wambeke said. “This was the last time we get to play together as a team. We want everybody on the team to enjoy getting to play baseball.”
“It was just a great season,” Dodgers coach Ryan Mangus said. “We only lost one game, the kids did their job and the team had great pitching and hitting all season and that’s what wins championships.”
The North Big Horn Diamondbacks played the Powell A’s in a semifinal game Wednesday for a spot in the interleague championship game in Powell. The Diamondbacks defeated Powell 11-1 as Trevor Jewell went three for four, scoring three runs, and Mikkel McIntosh went two for four with an RBI double and a single. Ethan Hessenthaler went one for three with an RBI double.
“We batted around in the first inning once and a half,” Diamondbacks Keith McIntosh said.
On the mound, Mat Savage pitched a complete game, recording eight strikeouts and allowing one walk and four hits.
“Our fielding was amazing,” McIntosh said. “We hit real well.”
With the win, the Diamondbacks advanced to the championship game against the Powell Cardinals in Powell Thursday. The Diamondbacks fell to Powell 8-0 to take second place in the tournament.
On the mound, Hessenthaler pitched one inning and recorded three strikeouts and allowed four runs.
“He went into full count seven times out of 10 batters,” McIntosh said. Mikkel McIntosh pitched five innings, recording six strikeouts and allowing four runs.
“Mikkel pitched very well in that game,” Coach McIntosh said. “We came up short that game. We played all six innings, played amazing on the field, but didn’t hit well.
“I would put the Diamondbacks’ fielding up against any team in the league,” McIntosh said.
The all-star season will begin with the Twin Cities Tournaments Friday with the NBH Majors traveling to Powell to play Cody at 9 a.m. and Sheridan at 3 p.m. Saturday, the NBH stars play Riverton at 1 p.m. and Powell at 5 p.m.
The NBH Minors will travel to Cody Friday to play Cody B at 12 p.m. and Powell at 2 p.m. Teams will be seeded into a six-team single-elimination bracket to determine the tournament champion on Saturday.
The Little League District Tournament is scheduled for July 17-20 in Riverton for both Majors and Minors.
By Sam Smith