Ceremony kicks off 2015 little league season

The North Big Horn Little League Baseball season kicked off Saturday with opening day festivities at the East Little League Complex in Lovell.

The opening day festivities began with the hitters and golden arm challenges.

Kade Green from the Lovell Dental Dodgers won the 8-year-old golden arm challenge and Taggart Shumway won the hitters challenge.

Jared Mangus from the Dodgers won the 9-year-old hitters challenge and Victoria Arnold won the golden arm challenge in the division.

Veterans Rich Fink, Frank Wilkerson and Jack Nichols raise the flag at the Northeast Little League Complex in Lovell, during youth baseball opening day festivities on Saturday, May 2. Photo by Patti Carpenter
Veterans Rich Fink, Frank Wilkerson and Jack Nichols raise the flag at the Northeast Little League Complex in Lovell, during youth baseball opening day festivities on Saturday, May 2.
Photo by Patti Carpenter

In the 10-year-old division, Ryan Nunn of the TCT West Angels won the hitters challenge and Jaydin Snyder of the Bank of Lovell Pirates won the golden arm.

Cowley Lumber Indians team members Bo Arnold and Dallen Mangus won the 11-year-old hitters and golden arm divisions.

Each age division winner won a $20 gift card to Scheels and faced each other in the best of the best hitters and golden arm challenge Wednesday night for a $50 Scheels gift card.

After team pictures, a flag raising ceremony and the Little League Pledge, it was time to play some baseball.

In the Majors, the Office Shop Cardinals shut out South Big Horn Saturday 15-0. Zane Horrocks pitched 2 2/3  innings and struck out seven SBH batters. Larry Woodington went 2-2 in batting, scored two runs and had three RBIs.

“A lot of our damage was done by the 11-year-olds, which is good because we knew our 12-year-olds could play and it’s good to see our younger kids contribute so early.

Also on Saturday, the Cowley Lumber Indians defeated South Big Horn in a close nightcap game 12-11.

“We dug a hole, kept our chins up and got a spark from Myzek McArthur with an inning-ending double play,” coach Doug Arnold said. “Then in the fourth inning our bats came alive and everybody was hitting the ball and running the bases well. Tyler Nichols pitched a two-inning shutout. It was a great learning experience and a great inaugural night game.”

On Thursday, the Cardinals defeated the Indians 16-7. CJ Pickett pitched two innings and struck out six batters. Horrocks was 2-3 with a double and a triple and Trace Moss and Ralph Moreno also went 2-3.

“Eight of our 12 kids got hits, which is a good start to our season,” Moss said.

The Cards and Indians will meet up again on Monday at the East Field at 6 p.m.

Minor league

On Saturday, the AMCOL Red Sox got off to a strong start, defeating Otto 12-4 at the East Field Complex.

“Both our pitchers pitched really well,” coach Shem McArthur said. “We’re still improving.”

Also on Saturday, the Pirates defeated the Angels 9-7.

In the late afternoon games, the Dodgers fell to South Big Horn’s No. 2 team 12-7.

“We had some first game jitters,” coach Ryan Mangus said. “I thought we did some good things, but we have a lot of work to do.”

The Wilson Bros. Construction Tigers fell to South Big Horn Saturday in a late afternoon game, 7-5.

The Tigers will have a doubleheader Friday against the Dodgers and the Angels at the Constitution field. The Red Sox and Pirates will face each other, also on Friday, in Cowley.

By Sam Smith