Thanks to dominant pitching and some key hits, the Casper Oilers returned to the top of Wyoming American Legion ‘AA’ Baseball Tuesday.

Their 5-0 victory over the Jackson Giants in the state championship game in Gillette was their 20th state title in program history.

Corbin Kirk earned MVP honors for the 2019 state tournament. He put up some impressive numbers. In five games at the plate, Kirk was 9-for-16, which is a .563 average. He had four doubles, a triple, and a home run. Kirk finished with 8 RBI’s and scored four runs. He walked three times and struck out only twice. On the mound, Kirk won one game and had a save in another. He threw 8.1 innings and allowed zero runs and just one hit. Kirk walked three and finished with 15 strikeouts.

Oilers’ shortstop and pitcher Carter Young went 8-17 at the state tournament. That included four doubles and a triple. He also had 8 RBI’s.

Casper manager Josh Simms is just in his third season in charge of the Oilers program. After winning 19 games three years ago, Simms has turned Casper around. They’ve won 35 games each of the last two seasons, but are at 45 and counting in 2019.

The Oilers now prepare for the ‘AA’ Northwest Regional Tournament in Lewiston, ID, Aug. 7-11. Casper will play the Idaho State Champs on Aug. 7 at 4:30 p.m.