Lady Bulldogs start season strong in Cheyenne

Rylee Coates led off the Lady Bulldog season with a two-run home run against Rock Springs. Although Rock Springs put up a battle, the Bulldogs prevailed for their first win of the season.

CHEYENNE – The Wheatland High School Lady Bulldogs Softball team was back in action with their first games of the season March 19 in Cheyenne.

Teams from across the state met up for some cross conference action before the season officially starts next week. The Lady Bulldogs played three games Saturday and walked away with two wins and one loss.

The Bulldogs are being coached by Jodie Fitzwater, Darla Aspen and Brian Boaz this year. All three coaches were very proud of how well the team came out and played in their opening games. The Bulldogs have a lot of new players this year and the team definitely has potential to grow throughout the season.

They opened against the Rock Springs Tigers. In the first inning, the Bulldogs got their offense started off by scoring four runs with the help of the first homerun of the season hit by Rylee Coates who also provided an additional run in the second inning.

“Rock Springs fought hard and took advantage of some basic errors by the Bulldogs, but we were able to walk away with the win,” said second-year head coach Fitzwater. “Camryn Mickelsen made an awesome double play at third base by catching a line drive and getting the runner out at the base before they could tag up. Mickelsen’s play ended the inning and gave us our first varsity win over the Tigers with a final score of 5-4.”

Emma McGee pitched the entire game and was credited with the win. Mackenzie Lockman, Rylee Coates, and Hunter Sisson led the team in hits. The second game was against the Worland Warriors. Wheatland Lady Bulldogs defeated the Warriors 15-0 as Mackenzie Lockman and Delaney Aurich combined to throw a shutout.

The Bulldogs did not commit a single error on the field and presented a strong offensive attack. They were aggressive on the base paths and took advantage of passed balls and errors by the Warriors team in addition to being strong at the plate.

The final game of the day was against the Green River Wolves and perhaps was the most exciting in regards to game play. The Bulldogs trailed by four runs after the first inning but never gave up in their pursuit of the victory. The Bulldogs were able to whittle away at the lead by scoring two runs in the second inning and an additional three in the fourth. The Bulldogs gave it their all but were unable to move another runner across the plate, they fell to the Wolves with a score of 5 to 4.

Gracen Mount, Mickelsen, Sisson, Coates, and Grace Battershell led the Bulldogs at the plate.

“During the game, Hunter Sisson had an outstanding throw from center field to catcher Rylee Coates in which Coates was able to make the tag on the runner sliding into home plate,” Fitzwater said. “Mackenzie Lockman entered early into the game as the relief pitcher, allowing only six hits, striking out four, and did not give up any walks.”

The Bulldogs will be back in action March 24 playing away against Cheyenne South and will have their first home games March 25 against Laramie.

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