ROCK SPRINGS – Adia Sherbeyn, Chrissy Lira and Morgan Bates all won state softball championships this past weekend in Rock Springs with the Cheyenne Extreme, while Shelby Luttrell’s Cheyenne team finished second.
“The weekend went really good,” Sherbeyn, who has now won two state tournaments with the Extreme, said. “The weekend before, we went to the Sparkler Tournament and struggled a little bit but we got better by the end of the weekend and playing like we knew how to and that carried over into this past weekend.”
Sherbeyn and Lira are members of the 18-and-under Extreme. In pool play to start the weekend, the Extreme beat the Rock Springs Storm 12-1 and squeaked out a win over the Gillette Blue Jays 10-9.
In the bracket, Cheyenne got a first-round bye, with Gillette and Rock Springs squaring off in the opening round. Gillette had the upper hand, besting the Storm 11-4 and advancing to take on the Extreme. Cheyenne put more distance between themselves and the Blue Jays, compared to their first meeting of the weekend, snagging the win 11-5.
The Storm and Blue Jays met again for a spot in the championship against Cheyenne, with Gillette getting another win, 9-7. In the title game, Sherbeyn, Lira and the rest of the Extreme flexed their muscle, earning the championship with a 12-4 win.
“When our bats start going, they just keep going. We fed off each other,” Sherbeyn said. “Our coach says score at least once each inning and we got a couple bonuses and that worked out well.”
The state tournament was the final action of the summer for the 18-and-under Extreme. They finished the year with a 36-20 record. Sherbeyn plans to return to action for Cheyenne next summer.
“We have tryouts probably in August and we will practice all winter,” Sherbeyn said. “We will be ready next year. A state championship is always the goal.”
Bates, with the 14-and-under Extreme, also earned herself a state championship. Opening up the weekend, Cheyenne didn’t fare too well against the Cody Pride, falling in a pool play game, 12-7. After that opening loss, it was all up for the rest of the weekend. The Extreme closed out pool play with a 13-2 win over the Casper Voltage.
Opening up bracket play, Cheyenne faced off against Cody again, with the result staying the same, an Extreme win, 12-0. In the semi-finals of the double-elimination bracket, Cheyenne took on the Gillette Blue Jays for the first time of the weekend. After winning 22-5 over Casper in the opening round, the Blue Jays could not continue their hot streak, falling to Cheyenne 15-3.
Gillette worked their way through the lower bracket and came back to face Cheyenne again, but this time for the championship. The Blue Jays put up more of a fight, but the Extreme still came out on top, 9-8, to snag the title.
Shelby Luttrell, as a member of the 16-and-under Cheyenne Extreme, started the weekend hot. The Extreme won both of their pool play games, besting the Torrington Twisters 7-4 and the Rock Springs Storm 14-0.
“Even though we didn’t hit very well, we just had each others backs,” Luttrell, who won two state titles with Torrington and one for Cheyenne, said. “We bonded better than we have in other tournaments.”
The Extreme had a first-round bye in the bracket because of their seeding from pool play. In their first action of the bracket, they handled the Twisters again, 9-1. In the semi-finals, Cheyenne finagled its way past Gillette, 4-3, to reach the championship.
“We just played an all around good game in those first four,” Luttrell said. “We had good situational hitting and our pitchers did amazing.”
The Blue Jays went into the losers bracket and won their way into the championship game, facing the Extreme for the third time of the weekend. Gillette came out hot and picked up a win 12-3. Because it was Cheyenne’s first loss of the bracket, Gillette and Cheyenne played again in a winner-takes-all game. The Blue Jays continued their hot streak, winning the game and the championship over Cheyenne, 9-1.
“Nobody could get a good hit,” Luttrell said. “We were doing the right things, we just weren’t doing it well enough.”
The state tournament was the final action of the summer for the 16-and-under Extreme, who finished the season with an 18-17 record. Luttrell has to move up to the 18-and-under Extreme for next summer, but that doesn’t change her goals.
“I want that (state championship) patch next year,” she said.