MC Outlaws drop 3 at Cheyenne

The Miles City Outlaws varsity baseball club traveled to Cheyenne, Wyoming, on April 8-9, and found themselves at the mercy of tough pitching, hard hitting, and rough weather. The Outlaws returned home 0-3 on the series, with the fourth game canceled due to weather. 

“The series on a whole was ugly,” said coach Monty Frare. “The baseball wasn’t crisp and the weather was rough.”

Losses can be learned from, according to Frare. “We had twelve pitchers who got their work in, and our front line guys did what they do,” he said. 

“We just had some of the younger guys struggle against a quality lineup, but that’s how you get better.” 

It wasn’t just the pitching that struggled. The Outlaws’ defense committed  11 errors in the series. 

“Defensively we kicked it around pretty good,” Frare said, “but that will get cleaned up.”

As coach, Frare held himself responsible for the series. 

“Bottom line,” he said, “is that I didn’t have our club prepared to compete like they can.”

Game 1

Outlaws 11 Mustangs 13

Despite a seven-run seventh inning to take an 11-6 lead, the Miles City Outlaws fell 13-11 to the hard-hitting Cheyenne Mustangs.  

Left fielder Shane Sinclair led off the seventh with the Outlaws down 6-4 and took a free pass after being hit by a pitch. Dylan Munroe walked, and Kasey Seyfert’s error-causing bat scored Sinclair. Sebastian Morrow’s single scored Munroe. Makenzie Gross took another hit-by-pitch to load the bases, and Jace Notbohm’s fielder’s choice scored two. 

Pinch-hitting Kyle Nielson rocked a double, Austin Kappel’s single scored Notbohm, Dustin Benson’s single scored Nielson and Kappel, which brought Sinclair to the plate again. He stroked a single to reach base for the second time in the inning, and the Outlaws closed out the top half of the seventh ahead 11-6. 

After Cheyenne knotted the score in the bottom of the inning, and took a 12-11 lead in the eighth, the Outlaws threatened in the top of the ninth. Kappel was hit by a pitch, Benson doubled and Sinclair walked, but they were unable to score.

First baseman Kappel was 2-for-4 with, and third baseman and relief pitcher Sebastian Morrow was 2-for-5 with four RBIs.

The Outlaws’ pitching rotation allowed 14 hits by five hurlers. Starting pitcher Wyatt Weiss took the loss.

Game 2

Outlaws 4 Mustangs 19

The Outlaws jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Mustangs’ 17 runs in the final two innings of play forced a mercy-rule-shortened game. 

A second-inning leadoff double by center fielder Kyle Nielson scored two runs to give the Outlaws their early lead, and a ground out from catcher Jace Notbohm scored Makenzie Gross in the top of the third. 

Benson led off the fifth for the Outlaws with a double, which was followed by a Sebastian Morrow single that put Benson on third. He scored when Morrow’s stealing attempt drew the throw to second base. 

Morrow, 2-3 at the plate in the game, added a bit of offense in the top of the seventh with a triple, but three consecutive Outlaw strikeouts ended the game. 

Starting pitcher Munroe threw 3.1 innings with one hit and two runs. Kappel, taking the loss, recorded 0 innings, and gave up two hits and eight runs, and Seyfert put in 1.1 innings with five hits and seven runs. Gross closed the game with 1.1 innings pitched, two hits, and two runs. 

Game 3

Outlaws 5 Mustangs 9

The Mustangs picked away at the Outlaws’ rotation of Shane Sinclair and Dustin Benson, who allowed Mustang runs in all but the second inning and gave up a combined nine runs.

Closer Jakob Kok allowed just one hit and no runs, but it was too little, too late for the struggling Outlaw offense. 

Second baseman Kasey Seyfert led off the with a triple and scored on a Dylan Munroe double. Sebastian Morrow batted in Munroe with a single. 

Tied 2-2, Outlaw catcher Makenzie Gross led off the fourth inning with a triple, and Kyle Nielson followed with a single that easily scored Gross. Nielson moved to second with the Jace Notbohm walk, and scored on designated hitter Quayde Shores’ single for the Outlaws’ for two runs in the inning. 

Shortstop Dylan Munroe started the fifth with a leadoff walk and tagged up to score on a sacrifice fly to deep center from Morrow, and the Outlaws took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

But Cheyenne rallied with four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth for the win.

Shores was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Miles City.