TORRINGTON – The Torrington Little League All-Stars wrapped up the season with a fourth-place finish in the 9-10-year-old bracket of the Wyoming Little League State Tournament at the Torrington Sports Complex.
On Wednesday, July 24, Torrington, the No. 2 seed from District No. 2, opened the tournament against the top seed from District No. 1 – Cody.
A rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, ended with a 6-2 loss.
In the top of the first, Cody used an infield single to take a 1-0, but Torrington limited any further damage by stranding a trio of Cody runners on base.
In the home half of the first, Beaux Shimic led off the with single for the All-Stars. After stealing second and ending up on third, courtesy of a wild pitch, he was stranded right there.
Cody added to its lead in the top of the second, adding three more runs. They added additional runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-0 lead into the final inning.
During that same time frame, Torrington was retired in order in the second and third innings, while leaving Alex Fox stranded at third in the bottom of the fourth.
In the sixth, Shimic looked to get the All-Star bats going with a bunt single. Fox walked, and a double steal put runners on second and third with no out.
A wild pitch scored Torrington’s first run of the game, while James Stienmetz’s sacrifice fly drove in a second run.
Hadley Evans and Garrett Hagar were issued walks to put runners at first and second with two out.
Xavier Sanchez snuck a ground ball past the pitcher and put it into the outfield grass. The Cody center fielder overthrew his catcher, but a coach’s interference was called, resulting in the third out, ending Torrington’s rally.
The next day afternoon, Torrington faced elimination against Rock Springs.
Rock Springs blew the game open in the second inning en route to a 20-5 victory, surviving to play another day.
Leading 1-0, Rock Springs added five runs in the second and four in the third to take a 10-0, but Torrington wasn’t finished.
In the bottom of the third, Shimic led off the frame with a bunt single, however, bases loaded walk and a passed ball, drove in the first two runs of the game for Torrington. Hagar made the score 10-3 with an RBI single, while Sanchez hit into an RBI groundout to further cut into the Rock Springs lead.
Torrington added what proved to be its the final run of the game courtesy of a wild pitch, cutting the Rock Springs deficit in half, 10-5.
However, Rock Springs added a run in the fourth and three in the fifth, capping it off with six runs in the top of the sixth.
Over the final three innings, Torrington stranded a runner on base in the fourth and fifth innings and was retired in order in the sixth.
The Torrington All-Stars will host the District No. 2 Tournament in 2020.
Gillette and Laramie win state titles
On Saturday morning, the Gillette 11-12-year-old All-Star team and the Laramie 9-10-year-old All-Star team capped off the Wyoming Little League State Tournament by hoisting the state championships trophies.
Laramie cruised to a 10-1 victory over Cody, grabbing an early 3-0 lead, while Gillette scored a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Laramie.
In the older game, Laramie broke a scoreless time in the bottom of the third when a wild pitch scored its nine-hole hitter Trace Looney.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning.
Following a pitching chance for Laramie, Gillette tied the game on a wild pitch and backed it up with a sac fly to take a 2-1 lead.
Laramie threatened again in the home half of the fifth, loading the bases with no out, but Gillette countered with two strike outs and a fly out to get out of the jam.
Both teams had base runners in the sixth, but each team didn’t allow any further runs to be scored.
With the victory, Gillette advances to the Northwest Regional in San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 4-10. Gillette will face Washington at noon Pacific Time on Sunday, Aug. 4.