DOUGLAS – The Wheatland Lobo baseball team ended its season with a 1-2 record at the Wyoming ‘A’ State Legion Baseball Tournament in Douglas last week.
Despite finishing fifth in the East Conference, the Lobos slid over to fill the No. 4 seed in the West after the defending state champion Cody moved up to the AA state tournament.
Wheatland opened the tournament with a 6-2 loss to Douglas, the eventual state runners-up.
The Lobos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning courtesy of a double from Ned Hageman and a single from Mytch Pollock.
It was a lead which Wheatland held until the bottom of the second.
Douglas countered with a run in the home half of the first and three in the second.
The score remained 4-2 until the Cats added a run in the fifth and sixth innings.
Hageman was also tagged with the loss, working 1 2/3 inning. In all, seven Lobo batters collected one hit apiece in the loss.
The loss dropped Wheatland to a must-win game on Wednesday against Green River in the double elimination format tournament.
The Lobos sprinkled 10 runs over seven innings in a 10-7 victory over the Knights.
Wheatland grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Green River battled back with three in the second.
Starting in the top of the third inning, Wheatland went on to score at least one run over the final five innings of play, including three in the fifth and sixth innings.
The teams combined for 10 errors in the game.
Pollock went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the win. Hageman also collected two hits in the victory.
On Thursday, the Lobos advanced on to play the top seed from the West – Riverton.
The game turned into a home run derby.
The teams combined for five home runs in Riverton’s 12-7 victory.
The Raiders pounded out six runs in the top of the first, including a three-run home run.
Riverton added a second home run with a leadoff shot in the top of the second to push its lead to 7-0.
Wheatland chipped away at the deficit the remainder of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pollock connected on a three-run home run, cutting the deficit to 9-4.
Wheatland got as close as 10-6 heading to the final inning, but Riverton added two additional runs in the seventh to close out the game.
Pollock finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs, while Luke Anderson went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
The Lobos finished the season with a 15-27 record.