The baseball team Gillette Roughriders suffered the first defeat of the season on Saturday, but bounced back in the second match of a double player in Cheyenne to move to 8-1.
The Roughriders fell to Prime 2, from Littleton, Colorado, 5-4 in the hands of a single walk-off. Then they returned to their dominant form from the start of the season against Rocky Mountain Oysters (Grand Junction, Colorado) and ended the day with a 9-0 victory.
“Both teams are very good today,” said Gillette coach Nate Perleberg. “It was a good day overall, definitely a day that will make us better in the long run only by the level of competition.”
Gillette led 4-3 towards the last innings against Prime 2, but could not cover it. Cole Swisher (1RBI), Caleb Lewis (1) and Mason Powell (2) all drove to lead.
Lewis scored a triple RBI at the top of the first innings, before Powell came home for the third time this season to lead 2-0 in the third innings.
Prime ties the game at two under the third innings, only to have a double Powell and a single Swisher giving the Roughriders a 4-2 advantage over fifth. Until then, Bode Rivenes had given up in one round in 2.1 innings and Dalton Martin had not given up on his 1.2 innings working on the mound.
Matt Newlin came in fifth and almost closed Gillette’s victory on the mound on several occasions. Up 4-3, he hits the dough with two outs at the bottom of the seventh and then gives up two singles with two attacks over the next two bats. It ties the game at 4-4, before the third single in a row goes through in game-winning runs.
Perleberg said that Newlin threw well, but things did not fall into Gillette’s path.
“Whenever you are in a 4-3 game, anything can happen there in the last innings,” Perleberg said. “We got down to the last attack a few times, so I think both teams really got it.”
Perleberg said he liked the response in the second game of the day and Gillette faced the campus pitchers, who had “very good arms.” The Roughriders have a good approach in all plate games and come up with some big hits that were lost in Game 1.
Lewis began scoring with a two-run triple at the bottom of the third inning. Then one Powell drove in another run and Gillette had a 4-0 advantage towards the fourth innings.
Roughriders actually blow the top open at the bottom of the fourth inning. Lewis hit his second triple in the game and Sylte also tripled to drive in a row. The lead grew to 8-0, when Powell and Swisher both came with the single RBI.
Sacrificial flies by Sylte swept the last round of the ball game. Powell took the win on the mound with five innings of closing jobs and Brown closed it over the last two innings for a 9-0 victory.
“We got several blows with people on (the base) and had several great days on the plate from several people,” Perleberg said. “I think we will bounce back, but I don’t think it will be 9-0. It is a very good team.”
Perleberg was very impressed with Lewis, Powell, along with Swisher, who made several diving catches in the field. For two games, Powell went 5-7 with four RBI, Lewis 5-8 with four RBI and Swisher 3-7 with a pair of RBI.
On Sunday, the Roughriders faced Prime 1 and Rocky Mountain Oysters 1, but Perleberg said the program coaches told him that both teams No. 1 and 2 are evenly divided.
“We expect more from the same tomorrow. We must do the right thing to win and be competitive,” Perleberg said.
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