Cheyenne Run Ends With a 2-1 Loss at American Legion World Series
The only hit that Nebraska had all game led to their only runs, as Lincoln East rallied past the Cheyenne Sixers, 2-1, at the American Legion World Series on Monday.
Colter McAnelly allowed just one hit, and it came in the bottom of the sixth, but it plated two runs for Nebraska. Cheyenne was retired in order in the seventh inning, and Lincoln East advanced to the American Legion World Series championship game on Tuesday.
The Sixers took a 1-0 lead on an error in the third inning. A ground ball, off the bat of Nolan Horton, was misplayed by Nebraska. That allowed McAnelly to score from second base for the game's first run.
McAnelly was dominant and faced one batter over the minimum through five innings. In the sixth, he ran into trouble.
Lincoln East capitalized on a walk and an error. After a strikeout on a pitch in the dirt, runners were on second and third base. An intentional walk loaded the bases. That was followed by a single to left field which scored two and put Nebraska in front.
Cheyenne out-hit Lincoln East, 4-1, but the Sixers stranded 11 runners on base. Mason Tafoya had a hit and walked twice. Corey Williams, Kaden Anderson, and Kaed Coates had the other hits. Cheyenne worked six walks and had one batter that was hit by a pitch. McAnelly took the loss. He allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit. McAnelly walked two, hit one batter, and struck out seven.
Lincoln (NE) East will face either Brooklawn (NJ) or League City (TX) in the title game on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Mountain Time.
The Sixers concluded their 2023 season with a 67-17 record.