The Cody Legion baseball team earned its 40th win of the season on Tuesday during a sweep of Lovell.
The Cubs are 40-11 overall and 11-1 in conference.
“We’re having a darn good season,” coach Bart Grenz said. “To get to 40 wins is a great accomplishment for any team and this group of players is doing a great job. We’ve really grown and matured throughout the year and it’s good to see that come together.”
They host Powell on Friday at 5 and 7 p.m. for another conference doubleheader. The Cubs travel to Sheridan on Saturday for another doubleheader.
Cody 10, Lovell 0
The Cubs started the game with two runs in the first inning after Cody Phillips walked and Tristan Blatt hit a homer to left field.
Cody loaded the bases in the third on back-to-back errors and Blatt’s getting hit by a pitch. A single by Jack Schroeder scored a run and a double by Tyler Grenz made it 6-0. After Elijah Leyva walked, Hayden Bronnenberg hit a single to score two more.
“I think our offense did a good job of getting an early lead and we continued to build on it,” Tyler Grenz said. “We were smart on the base paths and we were able to get extra bases when we had the chance.”
In the fourth, two walks and an error loaded the bases. The final two runs came on a single by Leyva.
The Mustangs managed two hits and only got five on base during the game.
“I thought our defense did a good job of communicating and making the routine plays,” Tyler Grenz said.
Cody finished with five hits. Schroeder, Blatt, Tyler Grenz and Leyva all went 1-2.
Leyva earned the win, giving up no runs on two hits through 5 innings.
“Leyva had a good outing,” Grenz said. “He seemed very composed and looked comfortable.”
Cody 14, Lovell 5
The second game was close early on, but the Cubs pulled away in the later innings to win by nine runs.
“At the beginning of the game we had a lot of mental errors and we started to pull away once we focused up on defense and began putting hits together,” Tyler Grenz said.
Cody scored one run in the second inning on a triple by Tyler Grenz and single by Bronnenberg. Lovell tied the game in the bottom of the frame on an error, but the Cubs regained the lead in the third on a single by Jared Grenz, walk and back-to-back sac flys by Heston Williams and Schroeder.
The Mustangs again got one run back in the third, but Cody took a 5-2 lead with two runs in the fourth after a single by Bronnenberg, walk, error and passed ball.
The Cubs scored three runs in the fourth on a double by Schroeder, single by Ethan Johnston and single by Max Williams. In the fifth, Blatt hit a triple and scored on a sac fly by Heston Williams.
Lovell closed the gap with three runs in the sixth to make it 9-5. In the seventh, Cody scored five runs on singles by Tyler Grenz and Devyn Engdahl, an error, two walks and a ground out.
“I think our offense was better in the first game because we were able to string hits together and score earlier in the game,” Tyler Grenz said.
Cody finished with 15 hits. Tyler Grenz went 3-4, Max Williams and Blatt 2-3 and Bronnenberg 2-2.
Cody sent four pitchers to the mound. Heston Williams started and went 2 innings, giving up one run on three hits. Bronnenberg pitched 3 innings and allowed one run on two hits for the win. Johnston pitched one inning and allowed three runs on four hits and Schroeder finished the game, giving up one hit.
“It was good to get a host of pitchers to the mound,” coach Grenz said. “We were running them all on pitch counts and were glad that each of them got some work.”
Cody to play AA state
When Cheyenne Post 6 decided not to attend the AA state tournament earlier this week in favor of going to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M., it created a void in the bracket which the Cody Legion baseball team has been invited to fill.
The tournament is July 26-30 in Gillette. The Cubs will be the No. 4 seed from the AA East Conference.
Players for the Cubs will still be considered for Class A All-State honors for the 2019 season. Cody hosts and will still play in the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament on Aug. 9-13.