Torrington Takes Apart Rangers
Too many miscues plagued the Laramie Rangers Wednesday night, as they were swept in a conference doubleheader by the Torrington Tigers at Cowboy Field.
Torrington took over first place in the ‘A’ Southeast Conference of Wyoming American Legion Baseball with the victories. The Tigers won the games 11-2 and 19-12.
The Laramie Rangers had 12 errors in the twinbill, six in each game.
“They threw strikes, and we made errors. We can’t do that,” said Laramie manager Rich Wilson.
Game one saw the Tigers jump out to a 5-0 lead. The Rangers scored twice in the fourth and seemed back in the game until the sixth. Torrington scored two runs on no hits and took advantage of two Laramie errors. A pair of mistakes in the seventh by the Rangers led to four more Tiger runs.
A total of six errors by Laramie led to six unearned runs. Torrington also took advantage of seven walks issued by three Rangers pitchers.
Laramie was held to five hits by Tigers starting pitcher Brice Hill, who went the distance for the victory. Rangers’ starter Kacey Bernaski took the loss. Laramie’s offense was led by Nate Hill, who had a pair of hits and a stolen base.
Game two saw the Rangers score five runs in the first inning. They led 7-4 through three innings of play. Then, Torrington scored 15 runs in the final four innings. The Tigers took the lead with four runs in the fourth; then added three in the fifth and seven runs in the sixth inning.
Laramie hurt themselves with five errors over the final four frames. Albert Steiner was the losing pitcher. Harrison Yates had three hits and two RBI to lead the offense. Torrington pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of six walks to complete the sweep.
Wilson added, “They (Torrington) came in here ready to play… we gotta be ready the next conference series with them.”
The Rangers have dropped three of their last four games. They are now 9-13 this season and fell to second place in the conference at 4-2.
Next up, Laramie goes on the road for the Alan Tellinghuisen Memorial Tournament in Spearfish, South Dakota Friday through Sunday.