The Lovell Dental Dodgers and the Big Horn Engraving Indians took second place, respectively, in the Minor and Major League Interleague Tournaments Monday through Friday in Lovell and in Powell. The MTI Nationals took third in their tournament.
The Indians upset the Nats 8-7 June 22 at the Majors Tournament in Powell.
Carsyn Weber started on the mound for the Tribe and pitched four innings, striking out six Nat batters and allowing two runs, two hits and four walks.
Tyson Christiansen relieved Weber, pitching the final two innings, fanning four Nat batters and allowing two unearned runs.
At the plate, Nathan Minemyer went 3-4 and Ben Nichols went 2-4.
“Bo Arnold had a triple and Tyson and Meyjl (McArthur) had key hits to extend innings,” coach Doug Arnold said. “The most exciting hit of the game was Connor Strom’s first hit of the year with a double to left center. Early in the season, the kids wouldn’t have been strong enough to overcome a deficit. They’re maturing and not only did it once but did it twice in two days.
“Kudos to Russell Crosby for pitching a great game for the Nats. He kept us off balance for three innings, then we had batters make a small adjustment at the plate and we started squaring up the ball on the bat. We rolled the dice on some pitching and made some tough decisions that paid off.”
The Indians fell to South Big Horn’s Greybull Building Center 5-0 Friday in the Majors championship game in Powell.
“Carlos (Rodriguez) threw a perfect game with 15 strikeouts and no walks,” Arnold said. “We just faced a great pitcher who was on his game.”
Christiansen started on the mound for the Tribe, pitching five innings, striking out five Greybull batters and allowing two runs and four walks.
Kobe May relieved Christiansen and pitched one inning, fanning three Greybull batters and allowing two runs and three walks.
“Kobe made a spectacular catch in the first inning and turned it into a double play out,” Arnold said.
The Nats defeated SBH’s Big Horn Federal 11-0 in four innings Friday in the third and fourth place game.
“Dallen Mangus pitched a ‘lights out’ game for the Nationals,” coach Kelly Spann said. “He faced 15 batters in four innings and allowed no hits, two walks and had 11 strikeouts.
“The team as a whole showed up not to be denied. The bats were hot as William Spann had a triple, Dawson Sweat had a inside-the-park home run, and Dallen Mangus went yard as we made short work of Greybull.”
The Dodgers defeated the Powell A’s 7-5 Thursday at Cetco Field in Lovell to advance to Friday’s championship game.
The Wilson Bros. Construction Cubs fell to the Powell Red Sox 8-5 Thursday in the other semifinal game at MTI Field, also in Lovell.
“I was really proud of the kids,” coach Nick Wilson said. “They played their hearts out. We had a great season and all the kids got better.”
The Dodgers fell to the Powell Red Sox 4-1 at Cetco Field in the Minor League championship game Friday evening.
The two teams were both undefeated throughout the season so something had to give. A title and perfect season was on the line.
The two foes were scoreless until the Dodgers plated one run in the fourth inning, but Powell scored two runs in their at bat to take a 2-1 lead going into the fifth inning.
In the fifth, Powell scored two more runs to build a 4-1 lead going into the final inning, and the Dodgers failed to score in the final frame.
“It was a great season,” coach Ryan Mangus said. “They played a great game but it wasn’t enough. I’m really proud of these kids. I don’t know of any team that works as hard as we do, but I’ve got to tip my hat to the Red Sox. They’re well coached and had some great players.”
By Sam Smith