GILLETTE – The Torrington 9-10-year-old All-Stars finished off an undefeated postseason run on Saturday morning in Gillette with a 10-0 win over the Laramie All-Stars.
The win capped off an 11-0 postseason run, including a tournament win in Douglas, as well as District and State tournaments.
The state championship was the first for Torrington Little League since 1994.
At state, Torrington outscored their opponents 20-2 over three games.
“Anytime you go into a state championship only giving up two runs, you’ll have a chance to win it,” Torrington coach Grant Curry said. “It speaks volumes to the pitching and the defense.”
Curry said the team didn’t commit any errors over the three games.
“They came and played hard,” he said. “As far as the group level, they are the same type of kid where there is no ups and downs. They are pretty steady. We hit the ball well, and we pitched well. If you can do that, you’ll win a state championship.”
On Wednesday, the younger all-star team opened the weekend against Big Horn, picking up a 5-2 victory.
Torrington jumped on Big Horn early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Patrick Mortimore got the offense clicking with a leadoff triple. Caden Ryall walked, and Hudson Hoffman singled, driving in the first run of the game.
A passed ball made it 2-0 Torrington, and a single by Case G drove in two more runs.
Torrington pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second inning courtesy of an RBI single from Owen Curry.
It proved to be the final run of the game for Torrington, and both of Big Horn’s runs came in the top of the third.
In all, the local all-stars sprinkled nine hits over five innings. Hoffman and Curry had two apiece to lead Torrington.
Ryall picked up the win as the starting pitcher. He struck out four over 1 2/3 innings. Mortimore, Curry and Hudson also pitch in the win. The four combined to strike out 11 Big Horn batters.
In game two, Torrington faced Laramie for the third time in less than two weeks. The all-stars defeated Laramie 5-0 to advance to the championship game.
Mortimore led off the first with a single and later came around to score the game’s first run.
Torrington added three more runs in the second. Mortimore drove in a run with his second single of the game, while Curry walked in a run. Chase Moeller was hit by a pitch, brining Torrington’s fourth run of the game across the plate.
Torrington added one more run in the fourth courtesy of a wild pitch from Laramie.
Mortimore went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI, and he also picked up the win on the mound, pitching three innings, striking out three.
The win meant the all-stars had Friday off before playing in the championship game on Saturday.
Laramie picked up the win setting up the fourth meeting between the teams in the past two weeks.
Torrington sprinkled 10 runs over five innings to score the run-ruled victory.
“Anytime you beat a team four times, it’s pretty tough,” Curry said. “Last year, they did that to us, and I felt like we reversed the tide this year.”
The all-stars got at least two runs in each inning except for the second.
Mortimore once again set the tone for Torrington with a double to center field and later came around to score on a groundout by Hoffman. Curry drove in the second run of the game on a ground out.
The score remained 2-0 until Moeller singled, driving in Ryall. A fielder’s choice drove in the Hoffman, giving Torrington a 4-0 advantage.
The all-stars plated four in the fourth and two more in the fifth behind 11 hits for the game.
Mortimore went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, while Moeller went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Mortimore also went the distance for Torrington, striking out six and walking none over five innings of work.
The Torrington 9-10-year-old All-Stars were coached by Curry, Rob Mortimore and Kevin Evens.
“It’s pretty cool,” Curry said of bringing another Little League state title back to Torrington.
Curry and Mortimore were teammates two years prior on the 1992 state championship team.
“The coolest thing is getting to do it with Rob as a teammate and now a coach,” Curry said. “Watching our kids win their first of hopefully of many is pretty awesome.”