A Good Start for the Laramie All-Stars
Both Laramie Little League All-Star teams opened play in the District Tournament with victories Monday at the Laramie Youth Baseball Complex.
The 9-10 year old All-Stars defeated Torrington 12-4, while the 11-12 year old All-Stars beat Rawlins 22-1 in four innings.
Laramie pulled away from Torrington for the eight-run victory.
It began with a three runs in the first inning on a passed ball, RBI-groundout and Jake Vigen RBI-single. It was 6-2 Laramie through four innings, when the 9-10 All-Stars broke it open in the fifth. James Darling’s two-run double got it going. Later in the inning, Andrew Ballard and Caleb Squires each hit RBI-doubles, as Laramie extended to an 11-2 lead.
Squires led the offense with a double, triple and 3 RBI. Laramie had 11 total hits and drew eight walks.
Tanner Schilz started and was the winning pitcher. Laramie used five pitchers in the victory.
9-10 manager Brett Moniz said they had to get the jitters out early.
“Everybody was nervous, including myself and the coaches. (Our goal) was getting a lot of pitchers in; get the experience on the mound; give everybody an opportunity to play. I think now we’ll just carry this on and just get tougher as we go. So, it was a great win.”
Laramie takes on Gillette American at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The tone was set early when Brandon Chavez homered to left field to lead-off the bottom of the first inning. The 11-12 All-Stars rolled from there to a 22-1 win.
Chavez homer was part of a five-run first inning. In the second, Laramie exploded for ten runs. Garrett Dodd got it started with an RBI-double. Mahlon Morris followed with an RBI-double. Later in the frame, Jaedyn Brown had a two-run double, Dodd added an RBI-triple and Morris with a sacrifice fly. The 11-12 year old All-Stars pushed across seven more runs in the third.
Laramie manager Jerry Dodd said they were ready.
“They came out just raring to go. They jumped on the defense right away, established that three up, three down, and just brought the bats the rest of the way.”
Diego Medina started and went two innings for the victory on the mound. He surrendered one run on two hits with four strike-outs.
Chavez and Dodd had three hits apiece to lead a 16-hit attack. Laramie also took advantage of six walks and five errors. Brown, Dodd and Jake Vigen drove in three runs apiece.
Laramie takes on Cheyenne at 4 p.m. Tuesday.