SHERIDAN — It was a hot and slow start Saturday at Thorne-Rider Stadium where the Sheridan Cavalry matched up and beat Laramie 11-3 for the state championship in the Babe Ruth Tournament.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the second inning that the first blood was drawn by Laramie, with Ethan Sell hitting a single, stealing two bases, and scoring on a Jaykob Ahrenholtz RBI.
The Cavalry wouldn’t let that slide. To start the third inning, with loaded bases, Parker Christensen batted in two runs, bringing Cade Eisele and Kellen Mentock home.
Jackson Parker added an RBI, bringing Jerrod Fritz to home plate and Will Timberlake followed, hitting a double to score Parker.
Laramie team manager Mike Eaton replaced his team’s pitcher on the mound, just in time for John Cunningham to come to the plate. Cunningham hit the ball just far enough to allow Timberlake to score, making it 5-1.
Sheridan exploded again in the fifth.
Eisele hit a single, then after stealing his way to third-base, set up Christensen for an RBI. After Eisele scored, Christensen stole two bases, and Parker found his way onto second base. Timberlake’s two RBIs that followed strengthened the Trooper’s lead to 8-1.
Cunningham stepped up to bat again, hitting a double for himself while sending Timberlake around to home plate.
Finally, Carter Wells stepped up to the plate with two outs, and hit an RBI, bringing the score to 10-1 before he was tagged out at first himself.
You couldn’t blink in the third and fifth innings without missing a Sheridan stolen base or score.
“We just came out and hit, you know. It wasn’t one kid; all of them got a base hit, base hit, base hit, and a few stolen bases,” Sheridan manager Mark Fritz said.
The game was called after the seventh inning with a final score of 11-3.
The team will now head to Helena, Montana, next week for the regional tournament with all of the state champions. This is the second year that the 13-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball team has won the state championship and went on to play in the regionals.