Last year, Cheyenne Wells ended their season with an impressive 16-5 overall record losing in the Great Eight round of the state tournament.
The Cheyenne Wells Tigers had a very strong season a year ago where they advanced to the state quarterfinals and just missed a Final Four berth, losing 3-2 to Haxtun. They were second in the very tough District 4 with a 10-3 record and a 16-5 overall season record.
And they lost 7 key starters from their team.
But this year the Tigers are 22 strong and return a number of key players who should allow the Tigers to be just as competitive as last year—and perhaps—even more successful.
For starters they return their two top pitchers from a year ago including seniors Blake Gilmore and Ty Scheler. Gilmore was their ace with a 2.60 ERA last year while Scheler was the middleman with a 4.07 ERA. And they still have three other pitchers with mound experience in Keaton Marriott and the twins Alex and Paul Mitchek.
Cheyenne Wells is blessed with the presence of 7 Kit Carson athletes who have come from the western end of Cheyenne County ready to roll within the Tiger system. They include seniors Alex Mitchek, Paul Mitchek, and Tanner Conaway; junior Keaton Marriott, sophomore Brennan Framel, and freshmen Bryson States and Mason Marriott.
The Tigers also return a number of players who led in the stats department from a year ago.
Alex Mitchek was the top hitter at an incredible .622 batting average and a .679 on base percentage. He was third in runs with 17, second in hits with 28, second in RBIs with 20, third in doubles with 6, and third in triples with two.
Blake Gilmore was also strong at the plate with .460, third in hits with 23, third in RBIs with 19, and second in doubles with 7.
Scheler had the most hits from a year ago with 29, the most RBIs with 24, the most doubles with 9, and the second most triples with 3.
Carson Noe is also a threat with an on base percentage of .542 from a year ago.
Other players who will contribute for the Tigers this season include seniors Sullivan LeFlore, Bladin Domsch; juniors Perry Chadwick, Jesse Harlow, Jonathon Reyna; sophomores Bryson Hyle, Taegan Eiring, Ethen Garay, Gabe Zamarripa, Chason Turner; freshman Trey Scheler.
Myles Smith will once again be at the helm for the Tigers and be assisted by BJ Mayhan and Kendall Pelton.
Cheyenne Wells begins their season on Tuesday, March 21 when they host McClave. The Cardinals are coming away from 8 years of being part of the 2A coop with them and Wiley known as the County Line Rivals. They will be a tough opponent in the 1A ranks as they have a large number of players and many who return from good success from a years ago. This will be a couple header on Tuesday.
Then on Friday, March 24, the Tigers will host the Springfield Longhorns in a non-conference contest.