CHEYENNE – R.J. Prince’s fourth-inning single up the middle was Cheyenne American Legion Post 6’s first hit of the second game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader with visiting Gillette.
Cheyenne added just three more hits the rest of the night.
Trey Trimble and Travis Onisto made sure four hits was more than enough for the Sixers during a 4-0 victory at Powers Field.
Trimble worked six innings on the mound, striking out five and walking just one while surrendering five hits. Onisto worked the final inning in relief.
“I had to take a step back, relax and realize what I’m here for and what I do best,” Trimble said. “I tried to carry the water for our team.”
The second inning was the only frame where the Roughriders (39-8) threatened to score. They had runners on the corners with two outs before Trimble induced an inning-ending groundout to second baseman Dawson Macleary.
Trimble (6-0) faced more than three batters just twice the rest of his outing.
“I threw my slider (Tuesday), and
I haven’t really thrown it this season even though I’ve been working on it,” Trimble said. “I had a slider when I was younger, but I just adopted the curveball and stopped throwing the slider. I wanted to get back to throwing the slider so I could expand my repertoire.
“That helped me mix up my pitches and my looks instead of just throwing a fastball on an 0-1 count.”
Gillette lefty Bode Rivenes was just as effective on the mound. Not only did he hold Post 6 hitless for three innings, he gave up just two hits and fanned four during his five innings on the bump.
Cheyenne (23-9) got on the board in the third when Macleary and Zack Costopoulos drew walks and advanced another base on a wild pitch. Shortstop Nico Vite grounded out to second base to score Macleary from third and give the Sixers a 1-0 lead.
Freshman Dominic Lopez doubled down the right field line to lead off the fifth frame and took third on a passed ball. Macleary drew a walk before Costopoulos grounded in to a double play to score Lopez for a 2-0 advantage.
“This day was all about execution offensively,” Lain said. “It was a tough day to hit because the wind was blowing in pretty hard. We got some good production out of the bottom of our order and got good production from Dominic Lopez, Zack Costopoulos and Jackson Hesford.
“Those guy were extending innings and creating traffic on the basepaths. After that, we did the simple things like getting the runner over and moving them.”
Senior first baseman Cody Brooks also had a double for Cheyenne, which opens play at the Tony Andenucio Memorial Tournament on Thursday in Pueblo, Colorado.
CHEYENNE 4, GILLETTE 0
Gillette…… 000 000 0 – 0 7 2
Cheyenne…… 001 012 X – 4 4 2
Gillette pitching: Rivenes, Race (6) and Richardson. Cheyenne pitching: Trimble, Onisto (7) and Pedroza.
W: Trimble (6-0). L: Rivenes. S: Onisto (1).
2B: Gillette 2 (Powell); Cheyenne 2 (Brooks, D. Lopez).
Brooks scattered four hits across seven innings to help Post 6 win the opener 5-0. He fanned five Roughriders and walked just one in his first start since May 12.
“I felt like I was really in control,” Brooks said. “I knew if I filled up the strike zone and kept the ball low around the knees, my defense would do the rest.”
Brooks’ last three appearances before Tuesday all came in relief. He worked eight innings and picked up two saves. The move was by design, Lain said.
“He has been one of our top tier arms since his freshman year, and he has logged a ton of innings,” Lain said. “He also pitches during the fall, so it felt right to build him up a little slower than we have in the past.
“We’re trying to give him some time off, save his innings count, and keep him fresh for late in the year. Plus, it’s nice to have a hammer coming out of the bullpen late in games.”
Brooks worked 1651/3 innings during his first two summers with Cheyenne’s varsity club.
Costopoulos was 2 for 3 with a double, while Max Pedroza’s lone hit was an RBI double.
CHEYENNE 5, GILLETTE 0
Gillette…… 000 000 0 – 0 4 3
Cheyenne…… 111 101 X – 5 6 0
Gillette pitching: Sylte, Brown (4), Newlin (6) and Richardson. Cheyenne pitching: Brooks and Pedroza.
W: Brooks (2-2). L: Sylte.
2B: Gillette 1 (Powell); Cheyenne 2 (Costopoulos, Pedroza).