CASPER – The Torrington Tiger junior Legion team hit the road for a pair of doubleheaders last week and came away with a 3-1 record, improving to 20-10 overall and 11-3 in the conference play.
On Tuesday, July 2, the Tigers traveled to Casper where they split, winning game one 7-6 but fell in the second game 9-4.
Keyan Sargent went 6 2/3 innings, throwing 104 pitches.
“It was the best job pitching for Keyan this year,” coach Ben Desmond said.
The Tigers led 7-3 in the sixth before Casper mounted a comeback in the seventh.
Bryce Hager closed out the game with a bases loaded strike out to end the game in the home half of the seventh. Hager also scored three times for the Tigers, going 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks.
In the second game, the Tigers led 3-0 in the fourth inning.
“Casper’s big, tall left hander started the game with two walks in the first, but settled down and never had another one the rest of the game,” Desmond said.
Momentum started to shift in the bottom of the fourth inning. Casper rallied with four runs to take their first lead of the day.
“Casper bats and defense took over in the fifth,” Desmond said. “We tried three different pitchers with no luck.”
Casper went on to score five more times en route to a 9-4 win.
The next day, Torrington went on to defeat Laramie 5-1 and 13-4.
Austin Short tallied two doubles, scored three runs in game one. Hager tossed 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.
In game two, the Tigers pounced early with seven runs in the second inning, adding four more in the third and two in the seventh, overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the first inning.
“Austin went on to have his game of the year,” Desmond said.
Short struck out nine on 100 pitches while going 4-for-5 at the plate with two doubles.
Torrington wraps up the regular season on Saturday, July 13 with a doubleheader against Wheatland. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.