by nathan oster
Greybull Building Center has a 1-2 record and Big Horn Federal sits at 1-3 after the first couple weeks of the majors baseball season in south Big Horn County.
Each owns a win at the other’s expense, as GBC topped Big Horn Federal 8-1 in the first game of the season for both clubs before Big Horn Federal evened the score with a 7-4 win over GBC on Opening Day.
GBC falls to Lovell
In a game played last week in Lovell, the hosts plated a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to escape with a 7-6 win over visiting Greybull Building Center.
GBC plated two runs in the top of the first to stake starter Carlos Rodriguez to an early 2-0 lead, but Lovell rallied with four of its own in the bottom of the third.
The hosts tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth, pushing their lead to 6-2, before GBC rallied in the top of the sixth for four runs to tie the game.
Mark Sanford, an assistant coach on the team, said Coby Henderson, Weston Adams and Rodriguez had key hits to spark the rally. Rodriguez was thrown out at the plate trying to score the go-ahead run to end the inning. But by then, GBC had tied it.
It didn’t last long, however, as Lovell opened the bottom of the sixth with a hit and that baserunner would later come around to score the winning run.
Sanford said the GBC team is coming along, but needs to tighten up defensively in the second half of the season.
Joining Sanford on the coaching staff are Kristen Schlattmann, Andy DeGraw and Ross Henderson. The roster, in addition to Henderson, Adams and Rodriguez, includes Tyler DeGraw, Caroline Schlattmann, Hayden Paxton, Titus Nicholson, Grace Sanford, Kevin Rosales, Emerald Jordan, Dylan Alexander and Juan Acuna.
Worland, Otto top BHF
The Big Horn Federal team has lost a pair of road games to this point in the season, falling May 5 in Worland (score unavailable) and again Saturday evening in Otto, 15-7.
After setting down Big Horn Fed in order, the Rattlers broke the game open with a seven-spot in the bottom of the first off starter Johnny Coyne, who was victimized both by the Otto batsmen and some shoddy defense behind him.
Big Horn Fed used hits by Beto Rios-Diaz and Irving Castro to push across three in the top of the second, but the good vibe was short lived, as the Rattlers matched them with three of their own in the bottom half off of Cade Cooper, who had come in relief of Coyne.
Big Horn Federal pulled to within three, at 10-7, with a four-run rally in the third, sparked by hits by Chase Oster, Cale Wright, Rios-Diaz and Davis Wrage, all of whom would come around to score.
But Otto salted it away with four more in the bottom of the third and a single run in the bottom of the fifth. It was 15-7 when the game was called due to time.
Big Horn Federal scored its seven runs on six hits.
The team’s roster includes Chase Oster, Jake Schlattmann, Cale Wright, Beto Rios-Diaz, Davis Wrage, Irving Castro, Cade Cooper, Johnny Coyne, Aiden Reece, Dante Terry, Aiden Farrow and Isaac Gaytan.
Dean Schlattmann, Darrell Cooper and Nathan Oster are assisting Wright this season.
GBC had a game scheduled earlier this week against Otto.
Big Horn Federal is scheduled to play in Lovell tonight.
Those contests will set the stage for Friday night, when the two Greybull teams will renew their rivalry in a 6 p.m. contest at the Art Schutte Sports Complex.