Watch the Cheyenne Sixers Make Wyoming Legion Baseball History
Thanks to two close victories, the Cheyenne Sixers became the first Wyoming team to advance to the American Legion World Series on Sunday.
Cheyenne survived an elimination game against the Rocky Mountain Lobos from Fort Collins, CO, 4-3. That put them into the Regional Championship versus the host Gillette Riders. Cheyenne held off Gillette, 7-4, and they became the first Wyoming team to make it past the regional tournament.
In Sunday’s first game, Cheyenne fell behind 2-0 and 3-1. Kaed Coates’ 2-run single in the fourth tied the game at 3-3. That set the stage for Julian Romero’s walk-off, game-winning RBI triple to right-center, which scored Mason Tafoya with the winning run.
Tafoya had three hits, and Bradley Feezer went all seven innings for the win on the mound. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits. Feezer walked two and struck out six on 95 pitches.
That sent the Sixers to the title game.
Cheyenne had beaten Gillette on Saturday night, which set up, the one-game, winner-take-all format on Sunday.
Gillette struck first on an RBI single from Riley Schilling.
The Sixers answered with four runs in the first and took the lead for good. Hayden Swaen, Kaden Anderson, and Nolan Horton had RBI singles for a 4-1 lead.
The Riders rallied thanks to a two-run single by Keyton Kilian that trimmed it to 4-3.
Horton came through with a 2-run single, and Tafoya added an RBI single for a 7-3 advantage.
Gillette broke through in the sixth inning on Kilian’s RBI single. That capped the scoring.
Corey Williams allowed a one-out single in the seventh, but a flyout and strikeout gave the Sixers the victory that has alluded them until now.
The video highlights are at the top of the story.
Cheyenne will be in the Stars Pool at the American Legion World Series. They will play three pool play games starting on Thursday, Aug. 10. The top two in each pool advance to the single elimination semifinals on Monday, Aug. 14. The championship game is on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
The Sixers’ first opponent will be League City, TX at 8 a.m., Mountain Time (10 a.m. Eastern Time) on Thursday.
Defending champion Troy, AL, and Ellsworth, ME are the other two teams in the Stars Pool.
The Stripes pool features Brooklawn, NJ, Florence, SC, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Lincoln, NE.
Enjoy some photos from Sunday's action in Gillette at Hladky Stadium in the AA Northwest Regional Tournament below.