Mustang Majors go undefeated at local tournament

Stormy Jameson
The Majors Little League All-Stars proved they are true contenders after winning all of their games at the All-Stars and Stripes Tournament over the weekend at the Northeast Little League Complex in Lovell.

The Majors Mustangs pulled away early against the first pool play opponent, Greybull, winning by a 14-1 final score.

On the mound, Kannon Owens got the start and struck out three in the first inning. Mac Morgan struck out three more in the second, and Hudson Miller fanned four in the final three innings.

At the plate, the Mustangs totaled 16 hits as a team.

Bradley Mickelson, Hudson Morgan, Owens, Miller, Easton Morgan, Jaxx May and Lukas Miller all blasted two hits each.

Dax Mangus and Brooks Brost also managed to add a hit apiece.

The Mustangs then squared off against the Cody Cubs All-Stars in their final pool play game on Friday.

The Mustangs struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. They held that lead until the fourth inning when Cody scored four runs in the top half of the inning.

But the Mustangs answered back with five more of their own. Cody tried to make a comeback, but the final score left the Mustangs on top 10-5.

Weston Hendershot, Mangus, Owens and Hudson Morgan lead the way offensively with two hits each.

Mickelson, Brost, May, Madden Cooley and Lukas Miller each contributed one hit in the winning effort.

Jaxx May got the start on the hill for the Mustangs, striking out three in 1 2/3 innings. Easton Morgan provided middle relief and struck out three more in the next 1 1/3 innings, and Hudson Morgan closed out the last three innings, striking out five in the victory.

On Saturday morning, the pool play results left the Mustangs in a rematch with Cody, and they were determined to reach the same outcome.

The Mustangs took the lead in the first inning and never looked back to advance with a 7-3 win over the Cubs.

The righty, Owens, threw a gem of a game as he fanned eight batters and only gave up one run in five innings pitched.

Mangus got the save and closed out the game with two strikeouts in the final inning.

Weston Hendershot went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the way for the Mustang bats. Mangus and Mickelson contributed two hits each while Owens, Cooley and Hudson Miller added one apiece.

In the final game of the tournament, the Mustangs faced off against the Lander Legends for the championship.

The matchup was proving to be a close one until inclement weather forced an early stoppage of the game after the second inning when the Mustangs were up 3-2 on the scoreboard.

Since the game didn’t complete the minimum of 3 1/2 innings, it does not count as a full game and no winner was determined.

In the two innings played, Mac Morgan struck out two batters on the mound for the Mustangs while Hendershot, Hudson Morgan, Owens and Hudson Miller got hits in their chances at the plate. 

“We came out strong and had a great first weekend,” head coach JT Mickelson reported. “Greybull played hard against us. Cody has a solid team that will do well at Districts. We came back from behind the first game with them, then we took an early lead in the second game and never let up.”

When looking back over the whole tournament, Coach Mickelson was proud of his team’s hitting and said, “The kids batted very well and played hard throughout the whole tournament, and I’m excited to keep building on that heading to the district tournament.”

The Majors All-Stars will next compete at the district tournament in Riverton July 12-15 where the top teams will advance to the state tournament in Rock Springs.