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Lobos lose two to Zephyrs, ground the Hawks 15-5

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2013

Photo/Adam Louis. Wheatland Lobo Kyle Pollock slides into home plate during a home game last week. Though the Lobos lost their double-header agains the Westco Zephyrs of Scottsbluff, Neb., they picked up a significant win against the Cheyenne Hawks. As of Sunday, they sit on top of AA Group 2, ahead of the Jackson Giants. The Lobos take on the Laramie Rangers for the first time this Thursday in a double-header at home.

WHEATLAND - The Wheatland Lobos went 1-2 on this past week’s play, losing two games to the Westco Zephyrs at home but bouncing back on the road to take down the Cheyenne Hawks.

During the first game of the home double-header, the Lobos lost 15-7. The Zephyrs had four runs in the first two innings, keeping Wheatland scoreless until the third inning when Tim Becket crossed the plate. The Lobos came close to knotting up the score in the fourth inning, their most productive of the day, when they scored five runs. Braden Fagenbush, Ceasar Zavala, Dan Chesser and Trace Douglas all scored. Wheatland’s only other run in the game came from Kyle Pollock.

In pitching, Zavala pitched for the first four innings, striking out two batters, giving up five hits and six runs and walking nine. Myles Hixson started pitching at the top of the fifth, giving up 10 hits, walking three, giving up eight runs (which includes a three-run homer) and hit three batters with pitches.

The second game ended at the bottom of the fifth, the Zephyrs prevailing 13-3.

Wheatland’s only scoring inning came in the fourth, with runs from Brendan Ruwart, Fagenbush and Zavala. In pitching, Pollock pitched two innings, earning one strikeout, giving up four hits and two runs (including a home run), walked one and hit two batters with pitches. Becket took over in the third and went to the fifth, striking out two batters, giving up five hits and five runs, walking three and hitting two batters with pitches. Fagenbush closed out the game, earning two strikeouts, giving up four hits, walking one, giving up six runs and hitting one player with a pitch.

The Lobos bounced back quickly from the discouraging double-header, knocking the Cheyenne Hawks off their second-place perch. Since this was a conference game, the Lobos’ 15-5 victory brought them from third to first place in the AA Group 2 standings. They currently stand at 13-6 with one conference win, putting them above the 16-16 (1-0 conference) Jackson Giants. The Cheyenne Hawks (14-17 overall, 0-1 conference) and Archie Hay Post No. 24 (2-15, 0-1 conference) round out the four-team conference.

The Lobos are at home for another double-header on Thursday against the Laramie Rangers. The Rangers are 20-7 with one conference win and are on six-game winning streak as of press time. This will be the first time the teams face off this season.

Game times are set for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Sunday, the Lobos will look to take another conference win when they take on the Cheyenne Hawks at home in a single, nine-inning game at 1 p.m.

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