EVANSTON — Things were rolling along nicely for the Evanston Outlaws Post 41 American Legion Baseball team. After starting the season 1-3 in Casper, with losses to the Casper Oilers, Jackson Giants and Gillette Roughriders, and a win over the Laramie Rangers, the Outlaws put together an eight-game winning streak, defeating Green River four times, Riverton twice, along with a victory over Rock Springs and evening the score with Jackson, to stand at 9-3 on the season.
The team was set to play in Orem, Utah, last Friday and Saturday, May 24-25, and potentially into Sunday and Monday, May 26-27, if they won the pool they were competing in. Friday’s games were canceled, but the team did see action on Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately, Post 41 dropped four games in the Beehive State, albeit three were close contests.
The Outlaws opened with a team from Idaho Falls on Saturday morning at 10:30 and were defeated 5-4, despite out-hitting the Idaho team seven to four and jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. Ryan Fisher was on the mound for Evanston, allowing six hits and four runs through four and two-thirds innings. T.C. Coles and Jagger Mitchell came out of the bullpen to pitch an inning apiece in relief. Fisher and Reid Gross each had two hits for the Outlaws.
Evanston again took an early lead against the host team in Orem on a Seth Lloyd double, but the Utah squad exploded for six runs in the sixth inning, and went on to win, 13-2. Evanston played Orem immediately following the game with Idaho Falls, getting underway at 12:30 p.m. Mitchell was on the hill for Evanston, surrendering five hits and two runs over three innings. Casey Periman, Gross and Ethan Beus all came on in relief for Evanston. Lloyd led the Outlaws, going 2-3 at the plate.
Lloyd was the starting pitcher for the Outlaws against a Spartans team for the first of two games on Sunday, May 27, which began at 3:45 p.m. Evanston had a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning when a Spartans’ double scored two runs and went on to seal the victory at 6-4. Lloyd lasted five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on six hits, while striking out four. Mitchell came out of the bullpen to finish the game for Evanston. The Outlaws struggled offensively with only Periman and Fisher collecting hits.
Evanston rallied in the next game beginning at 5:30 p.m. against Team Utah, after falling behind, 4-0, through four innings. The Outlaws tied things up in the top of the sixth and took a 6-4 lead in the top of the eighth, but three runs by Team Utah in the bottom of the eighth gave the Utah team a 7-6 win. Both teams scattered 10 hits in the game, with Kendall Cummings, Jordan Schneider and Mitchell all connecting on multiple hits. Fisher went seven and one-third innings for Evanston, allowing six runs on nine hits while striking out four.
It was unknown at press time if the team would play on Memorial Day Monday.