After big victory to open state, Lander 9-10 stars go 0-2Jul 28, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
After picking up a 16-6 victory vs. Gillette on Wednesday, the Lander 9- and 10-year-old all-star team lost two straight baseball games to be eliminated from the state tournament in Laramie.
Laramie knocked off Lander 13-3 in the next round. Facing elimination, Cody defeated Lander 15-5 on Friday.
Laramie rolled past Cody 21-1 in the title game.
Eli Mazurie, Connor Carey, Ty Massey, Jack Sweeney, Jayden Currah, Jaren Calkins, Ridge Barrett, Keegan Stephenson, Jonny Kulow, Caynen Brown and Kurt Hafer made up the Lander squad.
Lander won the district championship last weekend in Riverton for a spot at state.
"I'm proud of the kids," Lander manager Tom Massey said. "We played Laramie as tough as anybody in the second game."
Cody and Lander were the two teams from the district tournament in Riverton to make the state tournament.
"The kids came a long way," Massey said. "I saw a lot of improvement. Hopefully, they will be sticking with baseball for years to come."
Lander made the final-four state tournament last year as well.
"The state tournament showed that we can compete with some of the bigger towns," Massey said. "We were just short one or two pitchers of being a real competitive team."
Lander 16, Gillette 6
Gillette had control issues on the mound in the opening game at the state tournament. Gillette walked the first three Lander batters in the game.
"They had to make a pitching change after the fourth batter," Massey said.
Lander took advantage, scoring six runs in the first inning. Gillette walked five batters and hit one before batter before getting three outs.
"We started to hit the ball in the second inning," Massey said.
Lander built a 13-0 lead after the first two innings.
"Things were looking good ," Massey said.
Lander slowed down in the third inning as Gillette scored five runs.
"We had a couple of plays that should have been outs," Massey said.
Lander bounced back for a 16-5 lead. Lander recorded the final out when third baseman Jack Sweeney fielded a ground ball and tagged a Gillette runner.
On the mound, Lander went with a number of different pitchers to keep them under the 20 pitch count rule.
Ty Massey,, Calkins, Carey, Sweeney and Ridge Barrett all pitched for Lander.
Laramie 13, Lander 3
The game started well for Lander against the host team of the state tournament. Lander was up 2-0 before Laramie's Garrett