Otto Minors and Majors win against Greybull

Stephanie Tolman

The Otto Rattlers Babe Ruth team faced a tough Riverton team last Wednesday and fell 13-3.
Will Hatch walked in the first at bat for Otto, stole around to third base and was driven in by Joe Worthen. Worthen started on the mound and struck out two but it was a big inning for Riverton which scored nine runs. Kimber Allen took over the mound and got the final strikeout.
There were no runs for the Rattlers in the second inning. Hatch took over the mound with two outs and pitched one. “The batter was trying to avoid what he thought was a ball that might hit him. He didn’t bring his bat down and the ball hit and went fair right along the first base line,” said Coach Janalee Call. “The batter didn’t realize what had happened so he didn’t run and Will knew what was going on and quickly grabbed the ball and threw it to Elijah at first for the force out.” Riverton scored three.
Otto scored twice in the third inning and Hatch remained on the mound. The infield saw another force out from Hatch to Rice at first and Rice saw the runner at third decide to steal home and got the ball to Rykeal Andrew at catcher who tagged the runner out. Riverton scored one more.
The Majors team had a close game against Greybull on Thursday, winning 6-5.
Porter Aagard started on the mound for the Rattlers, with Nicholas Worthen at catcher. Greybull scored five before Aagard struck out three.
The biggest moment of the game came in the first inning. With Kobe Winters and Aagard on base, Raiden Andrew came up to bat. He got the count to two balls and two strikes. “The next pitch was a strike,” said Call, “but the catcher trapped the ball on the ground with his mitt, which is considered a dropped ball. The Greybull coaches assumed that he had struck out, so they promptly pulled their team off the field. Meanwhile, I yelled at Raiden to run!”
With no Greybull players on the field, Andrew rounded first and headed to second and third. The Greybull team recovered and got the ball but an overthrow to the catcher resulted in Andrew running all the way home. “Porter and Kobe had run in during the commotion and scored and Raiden got two RBIs and a home run! The other coaches, team and fans were very upset but the rule states that a ‘batter can advance to first base at any time before entering the dugout’ on a third stake dropped by the catcher (Little League Baseball official Rule 6.05b2).”
With an additional run from Brigham Winters, the Rattlers scored four runs that inning.
Both teams were scoreless in the second inning and Aagard remained on the mound for the third inning. The Rattlers saw some great fielding with N. Worthen throwing the ball to Brooklyn Winters who tagged out the runner trying to steal second and a great play from Davin Buck who fielded a hard hit grounder to left field. Once up to bat, the Rattlers had another big moment with the bases loaded and Case Nicholson up to bat. He got a line drive into center field that drove Aagard, K. Winters in for 2 RBIs and the hit earned him a stand up double. Neither team scored in the final inning. “We were short major players and so we had to bring up five minors and they all did super!”
The Minors added another win to their record in a 10-3 win over Greybull. Brigham Winters started on the mound with R. Andrew at catcher. Greybull started out strong getting two runs but Brigham Winters had two strikeouts and Andrew tagged a runner out at home. K. Winters, Gage Tolman, R. Andrew, Brigham Winters and D. Buck all walked and advanced around to score.
Greybull ran in one during the second inning and Brigham Winters, still on the mound, struck out one and fielded a ball to Tolman at first base for an out. At bat, both K. Winters and Tolman hit doubles and the top of the line up scored again with K. Winters, Tolman, Andrew, Brigham Winters and Jax Morgan got runs and the game was called for time constraints.
Otto’s Babe Ruth team played at home on Tuesday and will play Riverton at home Thursday night at 6 p.m. The Majors and Minors will have their last game Monday night at home against Thermopolis at 5:30 and 7 p.m.