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July 09, 2013 8:07 am

Powell battles in Twin Cities Tournament

Written by Dante Geoffrey

Minors Division All-Star Mason Marchant slides into home during Powell’s 9-6 victory over the Big Horn County All-Stars Friday afternoon in Cody.  Minors Division All-Star Mason Marchant slides into home during Powell’s 9-6 victory over the Big Horn County All-Stars Friday afternoon in Cody. Tribune photo by Dante Geoffrey

It’s a good thing the Twin Cities Tournament doesn’t count toward All-Star team records.

The Powell Minor and Major All-Star teams combined for a 1-6 record over the weekend.

The Majors went 0-3 at home while the Minors went 1-3 in Cody.

The Powell Minors All-Stars’ lone win came against the North Big Horn County All-Stars Friday afternoon. Powell beat North Big Horn 9-6 behind Brailey Gann’s four-and-two-thirds innings on the mound.

Dylan Preator drove in three runs on two doubles and Mason Marchant drew three walks and scored three runs.

Jordan Marchant relieved Gann, who reached his pitch-count limit, to record the save.

Head coach Cory Ostermiller said it was nice to beat a North Big Horn team that featured players who beat Powell teams during the regular season.

“Lovell had our number this year,” Ostermiller said.

That held true on Saturday, when North Big Horn exacted revenge in the form of a 15-5 win.

“The kids just ran out of gas in this one,” Ostermiller said. “North Big Horn came out swinging some hot bats, plating nine runs in the first two innings.”

Preator had two hits and scored a run.

Landon Sessions, who pitched in relief, scored one run on one hit.

Powell opened the tournament with a 11-8 loss against Cody’s B team, which entered Saturday’s bracket play as the No. 1 seed.

Landon Lengfelder started and was relieved by Sam Whitlock, who struck out six. Riley Bennett went 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBI.

Powell played a close game Saturday morning against the Riverton All-Stars. Powell lost 13-11, narrowly missing out on a time-limit victory.

Ostermiller said Powell was up 11-10 heading into the final inning but couldn’t hang on for the victory.

“I’m disappointed we lost this one but it was a very exciting game and I was proud of the way the kids played,” Ostermiller said.

Mason Marchant pitched four-and-two-thirds innings.

Kobe Ostermiller hit a bases-clearing double in the first inning. Bennett scored twice on two hits.

The Minor Division All-Stars will begin the district tournament against Lander at 11 a.m. July 17.

Powell’s Major Division All-Stars started with a dismal Friday.

They opened the day with a 11-1 loss to Sheridan Friday morning before losing 14-2 against Riverton in four innings in the evening game.

“Our kids didn’t show up to play mentally,” said head coach Scotty Brown. “The errors were over the top.”

Brown said the team bounced back strong the next day in a 6-2 loss against the eventual tournament-champion Cody team.

Cody beat Riverton 6-3.

“This shows we are capable of going out and winning and competing,” Brown said.

The Majors All-Star team will be spending time this week on their fielding.

“We’re going to work pretty hard on limiting those errors,” Brown said.

He would also like to see his team make some noise in the batter’s box.

“We’re going to work really hard at being aggressive at the plate,” Brown said.

Powell’s Major Division All-Stars will open the district tournament against Riverton July 17.

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