RICHLAND, CHEYENNE PLAY FOR TITLE

August 19, 2002 11:00 pm
HURRY: A Richland baseball player scurries for home before Josh Good of Mountain Home can locate the ball in the top of the third inning. Richland went up 4-0 after this run at the plate in the American Legion Northwest Class "A" regional tournament at Optimist Field Monday evening. Richland played Cheyenne today for the championship. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
HURRY: A Richland baseball player scurries for home before Josh Good of Mountain Home can locate the ball in the top of the third inning. Richland went up 4-0 after this run at the plate in the American Legion Northwest Class "A" regional tournament at Optimist Field Monday evening. Richland played Cheyenne today for the championship. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

Richland and Cheyenne played for the American Legion baseball Northwest Class "A" regional tournament championship this morning at Optimist Field.

Richland went into the game unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament.

Richland slammed Mountain Home 11-1 Monday evening, while Cheyenne sent West Albany packing with its 16-6 victory in the afternoon.

Mountain Home could only muster eight hits against Ryan Greager, who went the distance for the win, striking out five and walking one.

Richland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.

Jimmy Hendershot of Mountain Home did not have a good game. He surrendered eight runs off seven hits.

Kyle Conley homered for Richland.

In the earlier game, Cheyenne started slowly, going up 2-0 after two innings.

The fourth inning went well for Cheyenne but went wrong for West Albany. Cheyenne scored 10 runs in the inning.

Tim Costain of West Albany was yanked after 3 2/3 innings after making six errors and giving up nine runs off nine hits.

Josh Gutierrez of Cheyenne hit the winning RBI with one out in the seventh.

Charlie Payne of Cheyenne had a homer and five RBIs.

Richland and Cheyenne were scheduled to meet for the championship at 11:30 a.m. A win by Cheyenne would force a second game to decide the champion.

West Albany 000 060 0 — 6 9 4

Cheyenne 020 (10)03 1 — (16)(13) 2

Note: One out when winning run scored.

Costain, Polequin (3), Sim (3) and Ashley; Wiljakainen and Anthony. WP — Wiljakainen. LP — Costain.

West Albany hits — Cannon, Sim 2, Roberts, Kollaer, Jones, Hall, Dvorak. 2B — Hall. RBI — Cannon 2, Roberts, Hall.

Cheyenne hits — Coonts 2, Garcia 2, G. Gutierrez, Anthony, Gering 2, Melander 2, J. Guiterrez, Payne 2, Wiljakainen. 2B — Gutierrez. HR — Payne. RBI — Coonts 2, Garcia 2, Anthony, Gering, J. Gutierrez, Payne 5.

Richland 301 000 43 — (11)(12)1

Mtn. Home 000 010 00 — 1 8 3

Greager and Cejka; Hendershot, Turcotte (8) and Good. WP — Greager. LP — Hendershot.

Richland hits — Perez 2, Tierny, Conley 2, Gana 3, Roberts 2, Ehlis, Cejka. 2B — Roberts, Tierney. HR — Conley. RBI — Tierney 2, Conley 4.

Mtn. Home hits — Caufman 2, Good, Hendershot, Turcotte, Dunn, Holmes 2. 2B — Caufman. RBI — Uhl.

Observer staff reports