CHEYENNE – The Wheatland Lobo baseball team split its first two games at the Wyoming ‘A’ State Legion Baseball Tournament in Cheyenne over the weekend.
The East District’s top seeded team defeated the Lovell Mustangs 10-0 in run-ruled fashion during Saturday afternoon’s opener, but Wheatland fell to the host Cheyenne Hawks on Sunday afternoon 11-1, also in a run-ruled contest.
In the win, Wheatland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Leadoff batter Cross Hernandez got the Lobo offense going with a walk, and Jake Hicks doubled to left field to give Wheatland the first run of the game. Later in the inning, Ned Hageman was caught in a rundown between first and second base, but it allowed Hicks to score to add another run.
The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Kade Preuit singled to lead off the frame.
Wheatland also got hits from Ryland Petroski, Adam Suko, JP Anderson, Hernandez and Hicks, adding four runs in the inning, pushing the lead to 6-0.
In the fifth inning, with the bases loaded, Suko tripled over the Lovell center fielder, driving in three runs. An error by the Mustangs on the en suing Wheatland batter pushed the scored to 10 runs, ending the game with one out in the fifth.
Hicks went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs. Petroski and Suko also collected two hits apiece.
Mytchell Pollock picked up the win, throwing 2 2/3 innings on 44 pitches, striking out seven.
The next day Wheatland matched up against conference-foe Cheyenne.
The Lobos only mustered five hits in the 10-run loss.
Cheyenne got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, and the score remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth.
The Hawks exploded with six runs in the fourth and four in the fifth, pushing the lead to 11-0.
Wheatland’s lone run came in the bottom of the fifth.
With runners at the corners, Suko scored on a passed ball before Cheyenne recorded the final out of the game.
Hicks went 2-for-3, while Petroski, Suko and Aric Suko picked up the other hits for the Lobos.
Wheatland played the Torrington Tigers in an elimination game on Monday afternoon. Check back in next week’s Record-Times for coverage from the remainder of the Wyoming ‘A’ State Legion Baseball Tournament in Cheyenne.