EVANSTON — The Evanston Outlaws Post 41 American Legion Baseball team had their season ended by the Laramie Rangers for the second year in a row. The Outlaws lost 10-0 to the Sheridan Troopers to open the Class AA state tournament in Gillette on Friday, July 26, but rallied to defeat the Cody Cubs on Saturday, 7-2. Though they fell behind early to the Laramie Rangers, the Outlaws staged a late-inning comeback but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 4-2 defeat to the Rangers in the double-elimination format of the state tourney at Hladky Memorial Stadium on Sunday, July 27. Laramie also knocked Evanston from title contention during last season’s state tournament in Cheyenne, handing the Outlaws a 17-6 setback.
Cody, Rock Springs, Sheridan and Evanston were eliminated during the second and third days of the state tournament, with Casper, Gillette, Jackson and Laramie living to play another day, with Jackson squaring off with Gillette and Laramie facing Casper yesterday. The Casper Oilers drew an automatic entry into Tuesday’s title game, as the only team without a loss and will face the winner between Jackson and Gillette for the Class AA American Legion state title. Cheyenne Post Six, last year’s state champion, opted to forego the state tournament and instead compete in the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.
The Outlaws ended with a 22-26 record on the season. A more detailed story with pictures from this year’s state tournament will appear in a future issue of the Herald.