Andrew Johnson had four hits and drove in four runs to lead Cheyenne past Gillette, 8-1, in the ‘AA’ State Championship on Sunday in Rock Springs.

Cheyenne Post Six (51-20) won the 32nd championship in program history and their 17th in the last 20 years.

Johnson was named the State Tournament MVP for his efforts in Cheyenne’s five wins. He went 12-20 (.600 BA) for the tournament with nine RBI’s.

In the title game, Johnson’s RBI-single in the first inning gave the Sixers a 1-0 lead.

Gillette (52-15) got an RBI-single from Logan Davis in the second inning and tied the game, 1-1.

Johnson hit a 0-1 pitch that bounced off the top of the fence in left-center field and went over for a two-run home run (yes, missed it during a camera battery change – cringe) that made it 3-1 Cheyenne in the third inning. On the play, Colter McAnelly, who was on base was ejected for a sportsmanship violation. He led off the inning and was hit by a pitch and was on-base during the home run.

Two batters later, Dominic Lopez hit a triple to centerfield. He came in on a sacrifice fly by Keldon Hastings for a 4-1 lead.

A throwing error on a ground ball led to the Sixers’ next run in the fifth inning. Hastings had singled to lead off and was sacrificed to second base. He scored on the error. Nico Vite hit a 1-1 pitch for a two-run home run to centerfield. That made the score 7-1. Three batters later Johnson added an RBI-double that extended the lead to 8-1.

Mason Powell came on for Gillette as their pitcher and retired the side over the last two innings for Gillette in the field, but the Riders managed only two singles in the final three innings. A groundout to third base ended the game.

Garrett Oswald started the game and went 3.2 innings for the victory on the mound. Bailey Applegarth got one out in relief before he gave way to Bradley Feezer, who went the final three innings.

Vite and Hastings both had two hits for Cheyenne.

Cole Swisher and Zach Brown had two hits apiece to lead Gillette. They finished with six hits as a team. Hayden Sylte started and pitched 2.2 innings. He took the loss and allowed four runs on six hits. Brody Richardson also threw. He gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits.

Here is the postgame trophy presentation from Wyoming Department of American Legion Baseball State Chairman Cody Beers.

Congratulations to both teams on outstanding seasons during the shortened 2020 campaign.

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