TORRINGTON – Rotarian Rob Mortimore spoke at the Torrington Rotary Club’s weekly meeting on Monday about the baseball program and town newspaper.
Mortimore started with an update on the Torrington Legion baseball season. The C-team reached the state tournament and finished 0-2. Mortimore said 25 kids between the ages of 13-15 signed up to play baseball, which was a good sign for the program.
The A-Team ended the regular season 18-19 with a new set of core players. Despite ending one game under .500, Mortimore said the underclassmen showed promise for the future of the program.
“If you take a look at our roster, we replaced basically seven of our nine everyday starters from a year ago,” Mortimore said.
The A-team included two first team All-Conference and All-State players, and a sophomore on the All-Conference second team. According to Mortimore, the younger players were often thrown into games to face 19-year-olds and handled it well leading up to playoffs.
“We did make it to State, albeit the hard way,” Mortimore said.
Torrington entered the postseason as the bottom seed but upset the top team in the north, Casper, on the way to States. Mortimore said the win was the highlight of the season. Overall, the Tigers ended the tournament 1-2 to take fifth place.
Mortimore switched focus to the newspaper and its growth since coming back to town in March. After a year-and-a-half hiatus, Mortimore acknowledged how important moving production back into Torrington from Cheyenne was for the paper.
“We were losing a whole day of news to get it in our publications,” Mortimore said.
Moving production back into town made for more appropriate deadlines to print.
“Now, with our press, we’re writing stories up to Tuesday mornings and it’s on the press by Tuesday afternoon,” Mortimore said.
The new issue is finding people to work. Mortimore said the company is seeking to fill four full-time positions. While there are still open positions, Mortimore said re-opening the press initially brought seven jobs back to Goshen County.
Mortimore also mentioned how the success of the paper is much different from other newspapers across the country which are closing on a daily basis.
“For us to open ours back up is a testament to the staff we have,” Mortimore said.
The office has upgraded from five to seven units and now has the ability to print almost any type of publication in-house. Mortimore added the company is in the process of adding three publications as well.
According to Mortimore, the future is looking good for baseball and the paper.