Trash Pandas 2-2 in home wood bat tourney

Riverton’s traveling Under12 baseball team, the Trash Pandas, went 2-2 over the weekend in their home wooden bat tournament in a four-team field that included squads from Jackson, Cheyenne, and Gillette.

Catcher Basyn Anderson had a meeting on the mound with pitcher John Hull against Gillette on Sunday morning (h/t Randy Tucker}

Riverton’s record is 9-9 on a season that began back in late April and continues with a couple of more tournaments this month.

The Trash Pandas opened play digging a huge hole in trailing the Jackson Giants 20-1 before a final 20-6 loss Saturday morning. They rebounded with a solid, come-from-behind effort under 97-degree temperatures later that evening with a 6-5 win over the Cheyenne Mustangs.

Douglas Mowery caught a pop fly (h/t Randy Tucker}

Sunday morning they played perhaps the best traveling team in the state in the Gillette  Bulldogs and fell 17-3, sending them to the third/fourth game and a rematch with the Cheyenne squad.

They handled Cheyenne 12-5 in their final contest.

In their tournament opener, Jackson tallied four runs in each of the first two innings, then blew the game open with a 12-run onslaught in the top of the third. Riverton’s run in the bottom of the first came after Aaron Hutchison reached on a walk, then advanced to third where he scored when JJ Majdic made it to first on a dropped, called third strike.

First basemen JJ Majdic chased down a ground ball (h/t Randy Tucker}

That was the only Trash Panda offense entering the bottom of the third with the score 20-1. Riverton added five runs in the inning, but the game reached the time limit along with more than a 10-run lead by Jackson.


Majdic had a solid effort on the mound against Cheyenne, fanning eight Mustang batters in the five-inning contest.

Riverton trialed 1-0 with an unearned run by Cheyenne and an otherwise solid defensive effort with Miles Holiday-Rico catching a fly ball in right field and second baseman Douglas Mowery running down another fly ball to end the inning.

Aaron Hutchison delivered a pitch (h/t Randy Tucker}

The Trash Pandas had only one hit in the game, a double by Colman, but they used five walks, and clever baserunning behind infield, fielder’s choice plays to tally three first-inning runs.


Cheyenne jumped ahead in the top of the second with four runs for a 5-3 lead, but the Trash Pandas again answered with three more in the bottom half to take a 6-5 advantage.

Anderson was hit by a pitch and scored on Colman’s double. Colman advanced to third and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 5-5.

Aiden Lebrun walked, then stole second, and advanced to third on a ground ball. He scored the go-ahead run on a Cambden Heil ground out to the third baseman, taking off as the third basemen threw to first and outrunning the throw home.

Miles Hoiiday-Rico chased down a fly ball late Saturday (h/t Randy Tucker}

Gillette is a powerhouse team with size, power, and quickness and they displayed that prowess early against the Trash Pandas jumping to an 11-0 lead before Riverton was able to put together single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings.

Conor Carey and Evan Stephenson worked as umpires for the tournament (h/t Randy Tucker}

In their tournament finale, Sunday afternoon the Trash Pandas spread eight hits over five innings to take an early lead 5-1 and then built on it with a pair of mid-game runs and a final five-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth to even their tournament mark against the Mustangs 12-5.

Cheyenne 1 0 3 0 1 –    5 7 1

Riverton    5 0 1 1 5 – 12 8 2

Trash Pandas – Coombs  0-2, Lebrun 1-3, Holiday-Rico 0-1, Colman 1-1, Majdic 2-3, Heil 2-2, Mowery 0-2, Hutchison 2-3, Anderson 0-2, young 0-1, Clark 0-3. Totals 8-23

Cheyenne – Totals 7-24

WP: Aiden Lebrun (3.0) 4H, 3K, 2BB, Brenner Colman (3.0) 3H, 1K, 1BB

LP: Jonaven (5.0) 8H, 5K, 7BB

Gillette   4 7 0 6 – 17 11 1

Riverton 0 1 1 1 –  3   4 3

Trash Pandas – Anderson 1-2, Majdic 0-2, Hull 0-2, Colman 1-2, Mowery 0-2, Heil 0-2, Hutchison 1-2, Young 0-1, Coombs 1-1, Lebrun 0-1 Totals 4-17

Gillette – Totals 11-25

WP: Logyn (2.0) 1H, 2K, 0BB, Wyatt 3H, 3K, 0BB

LP: John Hull (1.) 1H, 1K, 2BB, Douglas Mowery (1.2) 3H, 1K, 1BB, Cambden Heil (.2) 1H, 1K, 2BB, Aaron Hutchison (.2) 6H, 0K, 0BB

Cheyenne 1 4 0 0 0 – 5 2 2

Riverton    3 0 3 0 0 – 6 1 2

Trash Pandas – Clark 0-0 , Holiday-Rico 0-2, Anderson 0-1, Majdic 0-1, Colman 1-3, Lebrun 0-1, Mowery 0-0, Heil 0-0, Hutchison 0-2, Young 0-1, Corbin Coombs 0-1. Totals 1-14

Cheyenne – Totals 2-18

WP: JJ Majdic (4.0) 2H, 8K, 3BB, Aiden Lebrun (1.0) 0H, 0K, 0BB

LP: Kendal (2.2) 0H, 3K, 1BB, Jonaven (2.1) 1H, 3K, 9BB

Jackson   4 4 12 – 20 8 1

Riverton 1 0    5 –   6 8 5

Trash Pandas – Aaron Hutchison 0-2, Basyn Anderson 0-2, JJ Majdic 1-2, Brenner Colman 1-2, Cambden Heil 1-2, Douglas Mowery 1-1, Dayne Young 0-1, Aiden Lebrun 2-2, Miles Holiday-Rico 1-2, Greyson Clark 1-2. Totals 8-18

Jackson – Totals 8-20

WP: Callaway (2.0) 3H, 2K, 1BB, Knox (1.0) 5H, 4K, 3BB

LP:  Brenner Colman (1.0) 2H, 1K, 3BB, Aiden LeBrun (1.0) 4H, 1K, 3BB, John Hull (.1) )H, 0K, 2BB, Cambden Heil 2H, 1K, 5BB, Douglas Mowery (.1) 0H, 0K, 0BB


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