TORRINGTON – The District 2 Little League Tournament kicked off Monday, with both Torrington All-Star teams facing Laramie, with the 11-12-year-old team dropping a 6-3 game and the 9-10-year-old team falling 17-5.
Laramie plated a run in the top of the first inning to jump out to an early lead in the 11-12-year-old game, but Torrington rallied with a run scored by Austin Short in the bottom of the frame. Bryce Hager came around to score in the second inning off of a home run to give Torrington a 2-1 lead.
Laramie scored three runs in the third to storm back for a two-run lead, before Short scored his second run of the contest, bringing the score to 4-3. The away team plated two additional runs in the fourth inning to up their advantage to 6-3 and held on for the win.
Ben Firminhac and Hager paced Torrington in hits, with two apiece. Firminhac had two singles and Hager paired his homerun with a single.
The Torrington 9-10-year-olds had a start similar to their older counterparts, allowing a run in the top of the first. Torrington battled back in the bottom of the frame, with Race Schwartzkopf and Ryan Moorehouse both scoring, giving the home team a 2-1 lead.
Both teams were shutout in the second inning, before Laramie added four runs in the third and Braeden Reid scored for Torrington, putting the score at 5-2 after three innings. Laramie plated two runs in the fourth, followed by a run from Mac Hibben. Laramie blew the game open in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring three runs in the fifth and seven in the sixth. Brady Cook crossed the plate for Torrington in the sixth, but it was too little too late.
Both Torrington All-Star teams played Tuesday night after press time. The 9-10-year-olds return to action tonight (Wednesday) against the Gillette Nationals at 7 p.m. They will then be seeded into a bracket to be played out Thursday and Friday. The 11-12-year-olds remaining week’s action depended on the game Tuesday.