Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 senior Kaden Anderson holds his new catcher’s mask as he describes how the springs around its cage absorb the impact and disperse the energy of a foul tip. Anderson returned to the Sixers’ lineup Thursday after having three plates surgically implanted in his face to fix fractures he suffered when he was struck with a pitch. Jeremiah Johnke/WyoSports

CHEYENNE – There was no wiping the smile off Kaden Anderson’s surgically reinforced face late Thursday night.

The senior had just caught all seven innings of Cheyenne American Legion Post 6’s 2-0 victory over Hastings, Nebraska. It was a game delayed by rain for nearly two full hours, which only ramped up Anderson’s anticipation of the many firsts he hoped to get out of the way: First inning at catcher, first foul tip back off his mask and first at-bat.

Jeremiah Johnke is the WyoSports editor. He can be reached at jjohnke@wyosports.net or 307-633-3137. Follow him on Twitter at @jjohnke.

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