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Sports

Goal is to still be playing on Sunday

The Powell Babe Ruth All-Stars baseball team will get a distinctive taste of Klamath Falls, Ore., next week, both on and off the diamond. In addition to having to travel to the southwestern Oregon community for regional competition, the All-Stars will also find themselves facing off against two of the local teams on the diamond.

The Pacific Northwest Regional tournament begins Monday evening with the tournament opening ceremony. Competition starts the following day with Powell opening against the northern Oregon representative, Hermiston, a community of approximately 15,000 residents. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., mountain time.

Team finishes second in consolation bracket

Had it been the World Cup, it would have been called the Group of Death. As it was, Powell's 11-12 Little League All-Stars found themselves in the toughest of pools at the state tournament last week in Riverton.

Dealt into a pool that included three-time defending state champion Laramie, Rock Springs and Torrington, Powell had its work cut out for it at the start of the event. By the time the tournament ended, those same four teams were the only ones from the field of 16 still playing baseball.

During pool play Powell was unable to get much going offensively. Powell opened play against the favored Laramie team, with Laramie winning the game 12-0. The game included five Laramie home runs.

Next, Powell played Rock Springs in what was a must-win contest for both teams if they had any hope to advance to the championship bracket. Despite some outstanding defensive play and pitching, Powell was again unable to muster any offense and lost the contest, 5-0.

The final game of pool play matched Powell against Torrington, which had handed Laramie its first state tournament loss in three years the previous day. Although Powell was finally able to muster some offense, Torrington won the game 11-4.

When single-elimination bracket play began on Thursday, Powell began as the fourth seed from its pool in the consolation bracket. Powell was matched against Lander, who quickly discovered that Powell had found their bats.

Powell scored three runs in each of the first three innings and five in the fifth. Kaden Moore hit a single, a double and a triple, scoring two runs in the effort. Carson Asher had a single and two doubles, and also scored two runs. Jeron Smith, Blaze Flores, Ty Linebaugh, Alex Aguirre and Cole Brown all contributed to the pitching effort and silenced Lander's comeback bid. Powell won the game 14-10.

On Friday, Powell faced a tenacious 3-1 Platte County team from Wheatland. Powell kept its offense going as Ezra Andreasen went 4-for-5 from his lead-off spot, Carson Asher went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and three singles, and Zac Schuler went 3-for-3 with a double and two singles. Grady Sanders and Blaze Flores combined for the win against the small-ball minded Platte County team. Powell prevailed 12-9.

The win left Powell as one of only four teams remaining in bracket play on Saturday. Laramie and Torrington met in the state championship game while Powell and Rock Springs were meeting for the consolation championship.

Unfortunately for Powell, the Rock Springs team had been able to conserve its pitching ace for the game, and Powell lost the shortened contest 14-0.

“Despite the difficult pool placement, the young Powell ball players demonstrated their character and perseverence by making it to the consolation championship game,” said Chris Brown, coach of the team. “We'd hoped for a better record during the tournament, but the players' no-quit attitude certainly left a lasting impression on their opponents.”

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With teammates looking on from the dugout, Marshall McArthur awaits a pitch in the batter's box during Saturday's state championship game between Powell and Rock Springs. Tribune photos by Randal Horobik

Powell Babe Ruth repeats as state champs

Leading by just one run going into the bottom of the sixth inning against Rock Springs, Powell Babe Ruth closer Justin Lynn made a deal with his teammates in the dugout.

“I told them if they got me some runs, that I'd make it hold up,” said Lynn.

All-Stars cruise through their pool

Powell unchallenged in build-up to title game

Powell's Babe Ruth All-Stars jumped on Green River early, then finished the District 3 champs off with a late flurry on Saturday morning to reach the championship game. Powell advanced with a 14-3 victory in six innings.

The local All-Stars removed the drama early in the semifinal game. Powell sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and scored nine runs as a result. Hayden Cragoe's triple, Corey Elton's double and Frankie Vogt's single each drove in two Powell runs in the early onslaught.

Miscues cost Pioneers in title game

Team opens state against Torrington

A bevy of early errors and struggles in the batter's box conspired with a quality Gillette squad to deny the Powell Pioneers a second consecutive North Division title. Powell finished district tournament play with a 2-1 record. The team carries the No. 2 seed into state tournament play in Sheridan this week.

“We didn't make the plays we needed to and we didn't swing the bats as well as we can,” said Pioneer coach Mike Jameson. “Those are things you can't have happen at this time of the year.”

Not even Pioneer starting pitcher Scotty Jameson's nine early punch-outs of Gillette batters was enough to overcome Powell's miscues in the field. Powell was charged with four defensive errors in the first four innings. The result was an early four-run lead for the Roughriders.

The Pioneers finally scored their first hit and their first run of the contest in the fourth inning. Jameson provided Powell with its first hit of the night with a one-out single. Catcher Auston Carter followed two batters later with a solid two-out double to the right-center gap to score the run.

The momentum never carried over. Two innings later, the Roughriders connected off Jameson for a two-run home run, chasing the Pioneers longtime ace from the hill.

Josh Cragoe came aboard in the seventh and retired Gillette in order, but encountered troubles in the eighth. With one out and Powell still trailing by a 6-1 margin on the scoreboard, Gillette had six of its next seven batters reach base safely. The result was six additional Gillette runs.

Powell attempted to avert being run-ruled in the bottom of the eighth as Jameson drove in Josh Cragoe as the pair delivered Powell's only back-to-back hits of the night. A pair of infield ground balls followed, denying the Pioneers an opportunity to record their 40th win of the season.

To reach the finals, the Pioneers had to overcome an early scare against Sheridan, then rolled to their second win in as many years against Class AA Casper.

Powell's district tournament got off to a less than auspicious beginning as the Sheridan Troopers teed off early for a 6-0 lead. The Troopers added a run in the second inning and carried the 7-0 advantage into the fourth inning before Powell recorded so much as a hit.

Once the Pioneers dusted their bats off, it didn't take the team long to climb back into the contest. Powell batted around the order in the fourth inning to plate four runs. The team added three more in the fifth to tie the game up.

Powell's first lead of the game came in the sixth as Grant Geiser singled home Cragoe, who had reached base on a triple earlier.

The team added three more runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth, eventually winning by a 13-11 final score.

Jake Beuster took the win for Powell after coming in early to relieve Carter, who began the game for Powell. Beuster worked 7.1 innings, giving Powell time to mount a comeback by holding Sheridan scoreless from the third through the sixth inning.

Dallas Robirds was 3-for-5 in the game. Carter made up for his struggles on the mound with a 2-for-4 showing at bat, including two RBIs.

Powell's slow starts continued in the semifinals against Casper as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie after the first three innings.

Powell finally broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning as Colt Nix drew a bases-loaded walk and Tyler England, who would finish the game 4-for-5 at the plate, followed with a two-run single. Jameson also doubled in a run in the inning to put Powell in front 5-1.

The Pioneers would add two more runs in the sixth inning as Jameson again drove in a run. The offense was more than enough for Powell starting pitcher Colter Bostick, who threw seven strong innings in which he struck out nine Casper batters. Geiser worked the final six outs in relief and also connected for a two-run single in the eighth as part of the Pioneers' final four runs of the game.

Powell, now 39-13-2 for the summer, opens state tournament play at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Sheridan. The Pioneers play in the first game of the tournament against Torrington, a team they have faced twice previously this year. Also on Powell's side of the state bracket are AA squads Cheyenne and Casper.

Playing on the opposite side of the bracket in the first round are Gillette and Rock Springs, while tournament host Sheridan opens against Laramie. The state tournament is a full double-elimination bracket.

The tournament champion advances as Wyoming's representative to Northwest Regional play in Spokane, Wash., while the top-ranking Class A team moves on to regional play at Bozeman, Mont.

Casper, Cheyenne and Gillette are the only AA Legion programs in Wyoming this summer.

State tourney underway

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Sheridan's Skyler Holwell delivers a pitch to home plate in the opening game of the 2010 Wyoming Babe Ruth state championship tournament. The event runs through Saturday afternoon in Powell. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Powell all-star team hopes to defend title

In the end, there can be only one.

Eight 15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball teams descended upon Powell on Wednesday to begin state tournament play. The competition will run through Saturday afternoon, with the winner earning a spot in the Pacific Northwest regional tournament, to be played later this summer in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Defending district champs eye repeat

Throw strikes. Play solid defense. Wait for the big inning.

On paper, Powell's strategy for the start of the American Legion baseball post-season seems fairly straight-forward. The defending 2009 Class A state champions will begin pursuit of their title defense at 1 p.m. on Thursday when they face the Sheridan Troopers in their North District tournament opener in Cody.

The Powell Piranhas Swim Club hosted the Wild West Challenge last weekend, and a dozen Powell swimmers swam times that qualify them to swim at the state USA meet this month.

Swimmers from nine USA swim clubs, including some from as far away as Rangely, Colo., participated in the meet. No team scores were kept for the meet.

The meet was the first competition held in the new Powell Aquatic Center, but Jerry Rodriguez, coach of the Powell club, said it went very smoothly.

Among Powell swimmers, Kacey Creed and Jared Fuller swam in the 10 and under division. Creed swam to four second and four third places, while Fuller finished with one third, two fourths and two fifths.

In the 11-12 girls' division, Amanda Tracy grabbed a first in the 500-yard freestyle and another in the backstroke.

She added a second and a fourth in other individual events. Katie Brown competed in nine events, earning two second places, three thirds, three fourths and a fifth. Aly Schneider picked up four fourths and four fifths in her eight events while Katelyn Doughty competed in six events, finishing with two fifth places and three sixths.

Competing in the 11-12 boys' division, Seth Fuller earned a second, a third, a fourth and a fifth in his events, while Nyckalas Harvey earned a second, two thirds and three fourths in his events.

Among swimmers 13 and older, Roy Oursler swam in 10 events, winning six of them and finishing with three seconds and one third. Edward Oursler also swam 10 events, finishing with one second, one third, four fourths, two fifths and one sixth. Kyle Anderson, Derek Phelps and Nic Tracy each swam three events. Anderson took a second and two thirds in three events, Tracy earned two third and a fifth, and Derek Phillips finished with a third, a seventh and an eighth.

Seven Powell swimmers competed in the 13 and older female division. Belen Quillen competed in 10 individual events and one relay, she finished in the top 10 in seven of the events, earning a third, two fifths, two eighths and a ninth. Natalie Quillen earned four top-10 finishes in eight events, including a fourth, a sixth, a seventh and a ninth.

Kaiya Rodriguez earned a first place in the 200-yard backstroke, and also collected two fourths, one sixth and two sevenths in six events. Gretchen Moretti swam state qualifying times in her five events while earning three top-ten finishes, a fourth, a fifth and a ninth. Sarah Jean O'Neill earned two eighth places while swimming four individual events and one relay. Megan Curtis also swam four individual events and earned one top-10 finish with 10th in the 200-yard freestyle.

Jessica Curtis swam in two events and earned a second and a third. Anya Tracy finished with one eighth and one 10th in her two individual events, and she also swam in a relay.

Pioneer perfection

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The baseball eludes Powell Pioneer second baseman Dallas Robirds while attempting to make a play against a Cody Cubs baserunner during the Pioneers' 13-1 victory in Cody last week. Tribune photo by Ben Wetzel

Pioneers finish undefeated run through Northwest Conference

The Powell Pioneers used a revolving door philosophy on Sunday to sweep a doubleheader from Jackson in the final regular-season games of the summer for Post 26. The Pioneers' wins came by final scores of 15-8 and 14-4.

The victories also placed the final touches on an undefeated conference campaign. Powell was 12-0 against its fellow Northwest Conference members this year and carries a 37-12-2 mark into district tournament play this week in Cody.

Babe Ruth squad wins district title

All-stars get a shot to defend state title

The Powell Babe Ruth all-stars squad shut down a trio of Big Horn Basin teams to capture the Wyoming District 4 Babe Ruth title over the weekend. Powell knocked off Cody, Lovell and Worland to win the tournament in Worland.

Powell opened tournament play with a 10-2 victory over Cody, thanks to a strong start in the game. Powell sent 10 players to bat in the first inning, scoring five runs to take control of the game early.

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