TORRINGTON – The third time was a charm for the Giants in the Torrington Little League Championship game.
After coming up short in two previous appearances in the title game, the Giants overcame an early deficit to defeat the Cubs 10-5 on Thursday evening at the Torrington Sports Complex.
The top-seeded Cubs hoped to put the game away early with four quick runs in the bottom of the first inning.
A leadoff walk by Barrett Bruch and a single by Skyler Patrick, followed by a wild pitch drove in the game’s first run.
Morgan Cross and Harrison Rodriquez got RBI hits, while a throwing error scored Rodriquez.
The Cubs threatened again in the bottom of the second but left runners at second and third to end the inning. The Cubs lead remained 4-0 until the top of the fourth inning.
In the fourth, the Giants strung some hits together and began their comeback.
A leadoff double by Beaux Shimic, followed by singles from Connor Coxbill and Hadley Evans drove in the Giants first run.
It was the start of a six-run frame.
The Giants also got hits from Elijah Mathias and Alex Fox to go along with multiple Cub errors to take a 6-4 lead.
The Cubs got one of those runs back in the home half of the fourth when Cross drove in a run on a two-out double.
That proved to be as close as the Cubs came to seeing the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Giants scored two in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away for the victory.
The Torrington Little League will be hosting the 2021 District 2 Tournament from Monday, July 19-24. The top two teams from the tournament will advance to the state tournament the following week in Riverton.
The Torrington 11-12-year-olds will open the Majors portion of the tournament at 7 p.m. against Douglas, while the 9-10-year-olds will also play at 7 p.m. against Gillette. Opening ceremonies and a Challenger Division game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
All-Star rosters announced
The Torrington All-Star rosters were also announced over the weekend.
Members of the 9-10-year old team include: Parker Shimic, Colby Groene, Jaxon Shimic, Waylon Merrigan, Ebin Hunter, Asher Mattis, Bryce Booth, Kane Correa, Patrick Mortimore, Owen Curry, Barrett Bruch, Hudson Hoffman and Easton Desmond. Manager: Wade Bruch and coaches Matt Mattis and Grant Curry.
Members of the 11-12-year old team include: Skyler Patrick, Xavier Sanchez, Brandt Eichenberger, James Stienmetz, William Rogers, Garrett Hager, Matthew Cook, Beaux Shimic, Harrison Rodriguez, Morgan Cross, Alex Fox, Connor Coxbill and Hadley Evans. Manager: Kevin Evans and coaches Chris Cook and Russell Stienmetz.
Both teams will do battle on their home field at the 2021 Wyoming District 2 Tournament July 19-24.