Interleague tournaments under way 

The MTI Nationals defeated South Big Horn’s number two Majors team 3-1 Thursday at the Lovell NE South Field as the regular season neared an end.

Dallen Mangus started on the mound by pitching 4 2/3 innings, fanning 10 Greybull batters and allowing four walks.

Dawson Sweat relieved Mangus and pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out one Greybull batter and allowing a run and a walk.

At the plate, William Spann went 1-2 and Mangus went 1-3 and scored a run.

Wyoming Lime Producers Royals pitcher Ozz McArthur fires a pitch home during Friday’s game against Otto at Constitution Park. David Peck photo
Wyoming Lime Producers Royals pitcher Ozz McArthur fires a pitch home during Friday’s game against Otto at Constitution Park.
David Peck photo

“It was a pitching duel between Dallen (Mangus) and Carlos (Rodriguez),” coach Kelly Spann said. “Between Dallen and Dawson, we had a no-hitter and faced 25 batters. Going into the tournament, we need to hit the ball. We went undefeated in the regular season and I’m proud of the kids.”

The Big Horn Engraving Indians defeated the South Big Horn’s number one team 11-10 Thursday in Byron.

Bo Arnold went 3-3 with a single, double and a triple. Ben and Preston Nichols had a hit and Nathan Minemyer had two hits.

“Neither team wanted to win that game,” coach Doug Arnold said. “It was an error fest. Nate and Bo pitched well. There was just no defensive presence.”

The Wyoming Lime Producers Royals scored eight runs in the third inning to defeat the Otto Rattlers 12-10 Thursday at Constitution Park.

Larry Woodington went 3-3 with a double and scored two runs, and Garrett Lillard went 2-2 with a double and scored two runs.

Chance Abraham went 2-3 with a double and a triple and scored two runs and Ozz McArthur went 1-3 and scored a run.

Friday, the Royals faced Otto at Constitution Park to end the regular season. Results were not available.

Tournament play

Tuesday, the Nats defeated the Royals 6-4 in the Majors Interleague Tournament in Powell.

“Their pitching was tremendous,” coach Kelly Spann said. “They came out and showed a lot of heart and were ready to play. We didn’t come out to play. We hung in there in the last inning and rallied to win.”

The Indians defeated the Powell Giants 9-6, also in Powell, on Tuesday.

Minemyer pitched three innings, striking out nine Powell batters and allowing four runs, three hits and three walks.

Arnold relieved Minemyer and pitched four innings, striking out nine Powell batters and allowing two runs and two hits.

“The game was tied at four apiece at the end of regulation,” Coach Arnold said. “The Indians scored five runs in the seventh with a key seeing-eye single down first base line, giving the Indians the lead. Three batters later, Jadyn Snyder roped a triple to the fence for the game-winning hit. We faced a tough starting pitcher and had to play small ball to tie the game. We finally got key hits in the seventh off their relief pitcher. Win and advance to the next round in the tournament is all you have to do.”

The Nats faced the Indians in the semifinal round Wednesday in Powell. The winners of Wednesday’s semifinal games will meet in the championship game Friday at 6 p.m. in Powell.

Minor League

The Wilson Bros. Construction Cubs defeated the Bairco Braves 15-7 Thursday in Cowley, while the Minchow’s Service Red Sox defeated SBH’s number two Minors team 11-8 Thursday at the Lovell NE North Field.

“Toward the end of the season, we’ve had four good wins heading into the tournament,” coach Jacob May said. “Our kids are confident.”

The Big Horn Federal Twins fell to the Otto Rattlers 9-8 Thursday at Constitution Park.

Tournament results

Monday, the Twins defeated the Powell Orioles 13-7 and the Braves defeated the Powell Dodgers 11-6 to advance in the Minor League interleague tournament at the Northeast Little League Complex in Lovell.

The Red Sox fell to the Powell Diamondbacks 6-5 in the tournament Monday.

Tuesday, the Cubs defeated Otto 12-5 to advance into the semifinal round.

“Ringgo Moreno started on the mound and gave us two strong innings, striking out six Otto batters and allowing three walks,” coach Nic Wilson said. “All of our kids hit the ball well, and Riley Johnson closed out the game for us.”

The Lovell Dental Dodgers eliminated the Twins 11-1 Tuesday to also advance into the semifinals.

“We had three different pitchers, Trey Wambeke, Jacob Bischoff and Braxton Felkins,” coach Ryan Mangus said. “We had big hits from a number of different kids. Everybody did their job and I was pleased with the effort.”

The Minor Interleague semifinals will be today (Thursday) with the Dodgers facing the Powell A’s and the Cubs facing the Powell Red Sox at 6 p.m. with the winners of those games meeting in the championship game Friday at 6 p.m.

By Sam Smith