WHEATLAND – The Wheatland Lobos went 5-1 last week. The team’s only setback came in Sunday’s championship game of the Bolln Memorial Wood Bat Tournament against the Casper Drillers.
The Lobos opened the week with a sweep of conference foe Torrington.
Wheatland capped off the conference portion of the schedule with a 7-2 and 15-9 wins over the visiting Tigers.
In game one, the Lobos scored three runs in the fourth and three runs in the sixth to pull away for the five-run victory.
Cross Hernandez, Jake Hicks and Ned Hageman tallied two hits apiece in the win. Hageman also picked up the win on the mound, pitching six innings, striking out four Tiger batters.
In game two, Hageman pounded out seven RBIs on three hits to lead Wheatland to a the six-run win.
Hernandez and Mytchell Pollock also tallied two hits for the game.
Wheatland jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead through the first two innings before Torrington mounted a comeback in the fourth.
The Tigers cut the deficit to 7-6 in the fifth inning before the Lobos exploded for six more runs in the fifth to pull away for the win.
Pollock was credited with the win, striking out five in only two innings of work.
At the Bolln Memorial Tournament, Wheatland rolled to a 7-3 win over the Casper Drillers on Friday evening
A four-run third inning pushed the Lobo lead to 6-2.
The game was called due to the time limit as the game was heading to the bottom of the sixth.
As a team, Wheatland collected six hits but had seven batters walk in the win.
Langdon Goodrich struck out five over 4 1/3 innings of work.
The next day, the Lobos run-ruled the Riverton Raiders 12-0 in five innings.
After three scoreless innings, a Pollock single drive in the game’s first run.
It was the start of a 12-run outburst over the next two innings. Wheatland plated four in the fourth and eight in the fifth.
JP Anderson went the distance for the Lobos on the mound. He struck out four in the four-hit shutout.
Hernandez went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs. Pollock, Preuit and Whitfield added two hits apiece.
The two wins put the Lobos as the top seed from their pool into Sunday’s bracket portion of the tournament.
Wheatland opened the day with a 9-2 win over the Torrington Tigers.
The Lobos did most of the damage in the second inning. They scored five runs in the top of the second to break a 1-1 tie.
Wheatland added one more run in the fifth and two in the seventh to close out the win, advancing to the championship game against the Casper Drillers.
In the first inning, both teams plated two runs, but in the second inning, Casper plated four. The Drillers added three in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull away for the tournament championship.
Anderson went 2-for-3 at the plate for Wheatland, while five other Lobos had one hit apiece.
Pollock was tagged with the loss. He worked 4 2/3 innings on 101 pitches. He struck out five, giving up five earned runs.
The Lobos finished the regular season with a 23-12 record. Wheatland hosts the 2021 East District Tournament, July 16-18.
Wheatland earned a first-round bye and will play the winner of Torrington and Riverton at 10 a.m. Saturday.