Tiger ‘B’ team bounces back with win in doubleheader

TORRINGTON – The Torrington American Legion ‘B’ team has had its fair share of troubles in game one of doubleheaders, and Tuesday night against conference-foe Cheyenne, it was no different.

With two out in the top of the first inning, Cheyenne’s offense racked up an additional 10 runs to grab an 11-0 lead after only half an inning.

“That’s what we’ve been struggling with this year is that first game,” coach Mike Harberts said. “The kids know it. We’ve been trying to change some things at practice to get going earlier in the day, but these kids are resilient from game one to game two.”

The end result was a 17-4 loss.

Cheyenne added three more runs in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth in the run-ruled contest.

“Something we try to relay to our players, when things aren’t going your way in one inning, it doesn’t mean the whole game,” Harberts said. “The rest of the game was back-and-forth. That’s what these kids have to learn moving forward.”

As for the Tigers, the team combined for six hits. Leadoff hitter Wyler Fisher tallied two of those hits going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.

Torrington got runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings.

Fisher led off the bottom of the first with a double, and Drew Kramer brought home around with an RBI single.

In the second, an error scored Caleb Kelly who led off the frame with a single.

In the fourth, Mateo Correa collected an RBI single, driving in Rhett Clark, and in the final inning, Anthony Moser’s RBI single scored Moorehouse for the final run of the game.

In game two, the Tigers rallied in the sixth inning to overcome a 6-4 deficit to score an 8-6 victory.

“This is baseball they can play. We are two ends of the same spectrum,” Harberts said. “They have just proven after the first beating, they were ready to come back and fight. I couldn’t be more proud of them for that.”

After two and a half innings, Cheyenne led 4-1, but in the third, the Tigers started to chip away at the deficit.

An error and a fielder’s choice drove in a pair of Torrington runs, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

Each team scored a run in the fifth inning, and in the sixth, Cheyenne added yet another run to make the score 6-4.

In the bottom of the sixth, Ethan Robbins got the offense going with a one-out double. Clark also tallied a hit, while Spencer Booth and Kramer both walked. With a bases loaded and two out, an error led to Torrington scoring three runs to take the two-run lead.

In the seventh, Moorehouse, the starting pitcher, reached his pitch limit with one out remaining in the game, despite the protest from the Cheyenne coaching staff.

“The controversy was about the pitch count with Ryan,” Harberts said. “We understood the rules being classified as the senior Legion with a max of 120. They were used to juniors which is 105 now. There was a discrepancy there.”

Moorehouse ended the game with five strikeouts, and Kelly came on to put the finishing touches on the game with a strikeout of his own.

“Ryan is maturing a lot on the hill, and he’s gaining confidence. He’s starting to show he has a place on the mound,” Harberts said. “Caleb finished out strong.”

Clark led the Tiger offense with a 3-for-3 game, while Robbins and Moorehouse had two hits apiece.

The Tigers (3-3) are off to Gering, Nebraska for a weekend tournament. They play Kearney, Nebraska and Buckley, Colorado at 2:30 and 5 p.m., respectively. On Sunday, they will play Gering at 3 p.m. with the final game’s opponent yet to be determined at 5 p.m.

“The best thing is, it’s teams we haven’t seen before. We know we what we are going to get with Laramie, Cheyenne, Casper, Wheatland, Saratoga and all of those,” Harberts said. “Going to another state and playing their American Legion teams is new because it will allow us to see how we perform against different situations that we might not see here. Hopefully, we can go deep into that tournament.”