CHEYENNE – After watching Dawson Macleary launch his first home run since he was about 12 years old, Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 manager Ty Lain hoped that would kickstart his slugger’s offensive production.
The skipper was right.
Six days later, Macleary was at it again.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Macleary ignited a rally with a two-run, opposite-field, stand-up triple off the wall in right-center field to help lift Cheyenne to a 7-3 victory over the NoCo Roughnecks 17s during the Continental Amateur Baseball Association wood-bat tournament Wednesday at Powers Field.
“When you hit a ball hard the other way, that kind of lets you know that your guy’s starting to get locked in,” Lain said.
That wasn’t Macleary’s only hard-hit ball during Wednesday evening’s tilt. The Cheyenne shortstop also smoked a base hit up the middle and cracked a hard line-out to center. He finished the day 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Macleary’s recent production is a welcome addition to a lineup that already boasts some heavy firepower.
“It’s huge, man,” Lain said. “It’ll lengthen our lineup. We’re in need of as much length as we can (get) in our lineup, and getting (Macleary) rolling and getting some of these guys rolling would be huge for us, for sure.”
The difference between the start of the season and now for Macleary has had a lot to do with plate discipline. He worked the count full before ripping a fastball that caught the outside corner of the plate to deep right.
“It’s been hard staying consistent, but I feel once you get that first barrel (on the ball) of the game, I felt like I’m locked in every game, but it was big for us,” said Macleary, who now has three triples on the season. “I saw that pitch and hit it. I felt like it helped our team a lot to get a couple more runs onto our lead right there.”
Cheyenne (42-17) took a 3-1 lead after two innings. The added run support was plenty for starting pitcher Max Pedroza to work with. After a hiccup in the second, the Cheyenne right-hander worked around consecutive hits to lead off the third and retired the next eight NoCo hitters in row.
The ball never left the infield during that stretch.
“He got better and better command as the day went on, and that’s just his competitive nature,” Lain said. “They hit a few balls hard early, but then he settled in and really went to work.”
Pedroza (4-2) worked five innings, allowed one earned run off five hits and struck out five before giving way to Colton Nyberg, who closed it out.
But the Sixers weren’t done offensively.
After Jackson Hesford hit a leadoff single to left, Nico Vite followed with a double to left. Both Sixers scored when Andrew Johnson smoked a two-run, stand-up triple to right.
“We were very situational, and we did our jobs when it came to the plate,” said Johnson, who went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. “We didn’t try to do too much, so that was really important.”
The Sixers finished with three extra-base hits one what proved to be one of the sharpest games offensively they’ve had this summer. If it’s a sign for what’s to come, Lain is all for it.
“We squared up several balls,” the manager said. “We didn’t really get rewarded on a lot of the balls that we hit hard. That’s baseball for you. That’s going to happen at times, but we did enough offensively to open it up and get a win.”
CHEYENNE 7, NOCO 3
NoCo...... 010 000 2 – 3 8 1
Cheyenne...... 030 103 X – 7 6 3
NoCo pitching: Rearick, Martinez (6) and Medoza. Cheyenne pitching: Pedroza, Nyberg (6) and Johnson and Pedroza (6).
W: Pedroza (4-2). L: Rearick. S: Nyberg (1).
2B: NoCo 3 (Marthaler, French, Phillips), Cheyenne 1 (Vite). 3B: NoCo 1 (French), Cheyenne 2 (Macleary, Johnson).
Cheyenne 6, Gillette 3
A fast start helped Post 6 jump out to a four-run lead en route to a 6-3 victory over the Gillette Roughriders during the Continental Amateur Baseball Association wood-bat tournament Wednesday at Powers Field.
Nico Vite’s RBI single gave and an error handed the Sixers a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Cody Brooks doubled the lead with a two-run double to right field in the home half of the second.
Aidan Colgan and Zack Costopoulos also drove in one run each for the Sixers. Garrett Oswald earned his fourth win of the season. Colton Nyberg picked up his second save of the season.
Cheyenne takes on En Fuego (Seattle) today at 7:30 p.m.
CHEYENNE 6, GILLETTE 3
Gillette……. 000 020 1 – 3 11 X
Cheyenne...… 220 200 X – 6 9 0
Gillette pitching: Powell, Lewis (4), and Richardson. Cheyenne pitching: Oswald, Nyberg (5) and Pedroza.
W: Oswald (4-3). L: Powell. S: Nyberg (2).
2B: Gillette 2 (Sylte, Richardson), Cheyenne 2 (Brooks, Johnson).