CHEYENNE – Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 baseball players have been serving as public address announcers, scorekeepers and scoreboard operators during the Continental Amateur Baseball Association wood-bat tournament this week.
Those jobs provided them a first-hand look at the hitting prowess of Seattle’s EnFuego squad.
They knew they were going to have to hit the ball well to give themselves a chance to win. Manager Ty Lain reiterated that message before the game started.
The Sixers responded.
They rapped nine hits – four for extra bases – during a 13-8 victory that ended with two outs in the bottom of the fifth because of the tournament’s 2-hour, 15-minute time limit during pool play.
“All around, everyone was really focused and only worried about the next pitch,” said sophomore center fielder Andrew Johnson, who was 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs.
“Guys weren’t worried about the next ball or next strike, they were just focused on the ball coming out of the pitcher’s hand. We knew we had to produce runs and score every inning, and we just about did that.”
The only inning Cheyenne (43-17) didn’t push a run across was a 1-2-3 third. It scored at least three runs in every other frame.
“I told our guys they were going to have to step to the plate (Thursday) with the same focus and intensity they would have being down by three in the bottom of the seventh,” Lain said. “Our guys did a tremendous job of battling in every single at-bat, putting pressure on (EnFuego) and finding ways to score runs.”
Lain was never worried about his team getting tight.
“I have a lot of confidence in our group,” he said. “We have played 60 games, so we’ve become a veteran group. This team responded to the challenge.
“We were aggressive in what we call the green zones, and we were very selective in the yellow and red zones. You could see they were looking to damage on any pitch they could put the barrel on.”
Catcher Max Pedroza was 2 for 2 with a triple and two RBIs, while first baseman Cody Brooks was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs. Shortstop Dawson Macleary was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI.
Post 6 starter Trey Trimble surrendered eight earned runs during his 4⅔ innings on the mound. Three of the 12 hits Trimble gave up were for extra bases.
Lain called Trimble to right pitcher to face a lineup as potent as EnFuego’s.
“He was our best opportunity at trying to create outs,” the skipper said. “We knew they were going to get hits and put runs up because they’re so talented. We knew (Trimble) could get us in plus counts and not be intimidated by their hitters, nibble on the corners and fall behind.
“He was aggressive and let the defense make plays and get outs where we could.”
Cheyenne faces Laramie at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Powers Field.
CHEYENNE 13, ENFUEGO 8
EnFuego…… 051 11 – 8 13 3
Cheyenne…… 340 33 – 13 9 1
EnFuego pitching: Hansen and Torkleson. Cheyenne pitching: Trimble, Rodriguez (5) and Pedroza.
W: Trimble (10-2). L: Hansen.
2B: EnFuego 2 (Harrington, Hardy); Cheyenne 1 (Brooks). 3B: EnFuego 1 (Bowen); Cheyenne 3 (Pedroza, Johnson, Macleary).