Oilers beat out Outlaws again in double header


EVANSTON — The second and third games of the series between the Casper Oilers and Evanston Outlaws were played as a double header on Tuesday. After losing a back and forth contest 7-5, the Outlaws dropped the back-end game 13-2 and fell to 0-3 in the AA West Conference standings.

The Outlaws’ season record sits at 8-12 on the season while Casper improved to 13-14 with the three-game sweep.

Game 1: Oilers 7, Outlaws 5

Casper jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after scoring the first two men to come to the plate. Brooks Browning drove in Carter Young with a single, and three batters later, Matthew Maddux scored Jesse Carr with a two-out base knock.

Outlaws pitcher Seth Lloyd gave up another run in the second to make the score 3-0. Lloyd batted in the bottom of the second and earned a four-pitch walk. After Beau Lloyd advanced Seth into scoring position by way of reaching on an error, Cris Perriman drove the starting pitcher in to score with an RBI single.

In the third, Griffen Mitchell scored Brandon Wicks with a double and then came around to score on an error to tie it up at 3-3.

In all, the Outlaws scored five runs unanswered to take their first lead of the series. Braeden Macdonald homered to lead off the fourth inning – his fourth of the season – and Hunter Hicks drove in Brandon Wicks with a two-bagger later in the inning. 

Casper responded with a run in the fifth. Brayden Deere led off with a double and came around to score on an RBI single by Keaton Westhoff.

Mitchell came in to pitch the sixth inning for Evanston to replace starter Seth Lloyd. An error led things off, followed by a single put the tying and go-ahead runs on base for the Oilers in the inning. Both scored to give Casper the lead 6-5. 

Down 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh, the Outlaws got two men on base with two outs, but the game ended with a groundout to third base. 

Evanston out-hit Casper 13-12 in the game, but Outlaw errors allowed three Oilers to score unearned runs. Westhoff earned the win on the mound for Casper, and Jesse Carr tallied the save. Griffen Mitchell was given the loss for Evanston.

Game 2:
Oilers 13, Outlaws 2

The second game of the double header appeared doomed from the start. Evanston’s starting pitcher Chandler Anderson gave up five free bases via walk in the first inning, and the Outlaws’ defense did not offer much assistance. Three defensive errors in the frame compiled with the walks and one single led to seven runs scored. 

In the game, Casper notched just four total base hits – three singles and one double – on their way to the blowout victory. Just four of the 13 runs were earned.

 Evanston went scoreless and hitless for the first two innings and already trailed by nine runs before scoring its first. Brandon Wicks reached base by way of error in the third and was moved into scoring position by a Seth Lloyd single. After Hunter Hicks walked to load the bases, Wicks scored on a botched pickoff attempt that flew over the head of first baseman Corbin Kirk.

Casper added three more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to put the score at 13-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth. 

The Outlaws needed to score at least three runs in the inning to continue the game and stave off the 10-run rule, but could get only one. Seth Lloyd scored after walking on a two-out, RBI double by Hunter Hicks.

Corbin Kirk delivered the final out for Casper in the fifth, with a four-pitch strikeout against Beau Lloyd to seal
victory.


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