Hayden Sylte wins Wyoming Pitcher of the Year
Gillette Riders right-hander Hayden Sylte was informed on Thursday night that he had won the Wyoming “AA” Pitcher of the Year award. It is a well deserved award for the 5’11" right hander who had a phenomenal junior campaign. Sylte was 8-5 with 1 save on the season and pitched in all the biggest of games for the Riders. He allowed just 38 hits in 67 innings pitched, with 84 strikeouts. His 1.9 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and .165 Batting Average Against show his dominance this season. Sylte had just 8 stolen bases against in 67 innings on the mound.
Some of Sytle’s highlights in 2019 included a 6 inning no-hitter in the Spring Classic Tournament against Cheyenne Post 6 in which he struck out 12. The next week in the Montana/Wyoming Showdown he followed that up with a 6.2 inning 2-hitter against the Billings Scarlets with 11 K. Sylte held the North Dakota State Champion Fargo Post 2 to just 3 hits in the Dakota Classic in Sioux Falls. In the Hladky Tournament, he beat rival Sheridan with a 6 1/3 inning, 3-hitter. In the CABA World Series Tournament, he beat the Rocky Mountain Oysters a perennial powerhouse. His best outing may have been his last when he dualed with Carter Young of Casper, allowing just 3 hits and 0 ER to the eventual State Champion Casper Oilers.
“Hayden was the definition of an ace this year,” said Riders manager Nate Perleberg. “He took the ball in our biggest games all summer and always gave us a chance to win. The quality of teams that he pitched against and the numbers he put up, show his dominance this season. No one works harder than Hayden, he is the first one in to do his pitcher work-out every day and the last one to turn off the lights on the way out. He understands the process of being a pitcher on game-day starts in the days leading up to the start. No one deserved this award more or worked harder for it than Hayden. Coach Perleberg and the Riders family is extremely proud of Hayden for his great accomplishment.”
Sylte is the 5th Riders pitcher to win the award since 2014. His brother Hunter also won the award. Wyatt Estabrook (2014), Cody Eaton (2015), Hunter Sylte (2016), Joseph Harris (2017), Hayden Sylte (2019)