Baseball seasons winding down

Nathan Oster

A team of majors all-stars from the South Big Horn Little League captured three wins in four starts last week at an interleague tournament in Powell and Lovell.
AFter pool play wins over the Powell Cubs on June 10 and the Powell Orioles on June 11, the Bandits proceeded to knock off the Lovell Reds, 13-3 on June 12 before stumbling against the Lovell Rockies, 12-4, in one of the semifinal games played June 13.
The all-star team, which features a mix of players from the Big Horn Federal and The SHACK regular season teams, will take a 3-1 record into this weekend’s Stars and Stripes tourney.
Quaide Houchin and Marshall Brown powered the Bandits to their opening round win, limiting the Reds to just six hits over four innings in the 13-3 triumph.  They fanned seven along the way.
Colt Collingwood was credited with the big hit, a bases clearing triple that keyed the Bandit’s four-run first inning.  Houchin, Brendyn DeShazer, Tanner Dunlap and Jesse Craft were each credited with two hits.
The Bandits were sizzling at the plate, banging out 13 hits in the four-inning contest.
Their impressive run finally came to an end Thursday night when they lost to the Lovell Rockies.
The Rockies hung four-spots on the scoreboard in the first, third and fourth innings and limited the Bandits to just three hits, delivered by Houchin, Dunlap and Kade Julson.
Jack Olmstead and Jesse Craft each worked a pair of innings on the mound for the Bandits.
The Big Horn Federal team reunited on Monday night for a matchup with Thermopolis.  The Bandits came away with the 9-7 win to run their record to 7-3.
Wyatt Kunkel, Dunlap and Collingwood handled the pitching chores, combining to strike out nine Thermop batters in the three-inning affair.
Dunlap led the way with two hits, but it was Noah Blakely who provided the big blow, a two-run, walk-off homer to left that snapped a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the third.