by nathan oster
With local play wrapping up this week, Greybull’s major and minor ballplayers are shifting into tournament mode this week as they prepare for the School’s Out Tournament this weekend in Lovell.
The coaching staffs of the two Greybull teams — Big Horn Federal, coached by Ken Wright, and Greybull Building Center, coached by Nate Patrick and Curtis Johnson — will be sending two teams to the tournament in Lovell. One will be made up of younger kids generally between the ages of 9 and 10, while the other will feature mostly 11- and 12-year-olds.
Competition will be fierce, as Cody, Riverton, Sheridan and Gillete have all sent their top players to the tournament in past years, according to Wright.
His Big Horn Federal team is closing the season with a flourish, having won all three of its games last week. Big Horn Fed beat the Basin team, Murdoch Oil, 14-8 behind the pitching of Jake Schlattmann and Coby Henderson and a balanced offensive effort that was led by Cale Wright, Carlos Rodriguez and Dante Terry, each of whom scored two runs.
Wright credited the Basin team for a good game. “They’ve come a long way this season,” he said of the team, which has been led by Kristen Schlattmann. “She’s done an awesome job with those kids.”
Big Horn Fed also scored a victory in the rubber game of their three-game series with Greybull Building Center, winning 15-0. It was quite a turnaround from Opening Day, when GBC emerged with a one-run victory.
Rodriguez was brilliant on the mound, fanning the maximum 12 in four innings of work.
Beto Diaz-Rios, Irving Castro, Kevin Atilano and Rodriguez were the hitting stars, according to Wright.
Big Horn Fed capped the week with an 11-6 win over the Otto Rattlers. Castro and Isaac Gaytan pitched the team to victory, according to Wright. Rodriguez had the game’s biggest hit.