Tiger ‘C’ team splits with Douglas

DOUGLAS – The Torrington Tiger ‘C’ team returned to the baseball diamond for the first time in 11 days on Sunday afternoon, splitting with Douglas.

In game one, the Tigers fell 7-4.

Douglas grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but in the top of the third, Rhett Clark got the offense going with an inside-the-park home run. Colby Sandusky tripled driving in the tying run and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Cats tied the game at three apiece in the home half of the third, and in the top of the fifth, a balk by the Douglas pitcher, scored Harrison Rodriguez to put the Tigers back in front 4-3.

The lead was short-lived as Douglas plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth to go back in front for good.

Clark and Will Rodgers tallied two hits apiece in the loss. Rodriguez and Sandusky had the other two hits. Starting pitcher Garrett Hager pitching 3 1/3 innings, striking out four in a no-decision.

In game two, Torrington jumped on Douglas early, grabbing a 4-0 lead in the first inning en route to a 13-11 victory.

The Tigers also got two runs across in the second and fourth innings and one in the fifth.

Torrington capped off the game with four runs in the seventh, breaking the 9-9 tie.

The Tigers led off the inning with a walk, and James Stienmetz singled to put the Tigers in front 10-9. An error by Douglas on a ground ball by Rodriguez, extended the lead to 12-9. Later, Rodriguez came around to score on a wild pitch.

Douglas got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh, but Stienmetz closed out the game for the with a strike out and a pair of ground outs.

Stienmetz and Sandusky combined to strike out five Douglas batters. Stienmetz picked up the win, pitching three innings in relief.

Clark, Hager and Sandsuky tallied three hits each.

The Tigers (5-6) head to Laramie for a weekend tournament June 23-25. They open play against Wheatland at 11 a.m. and Rocky Mountain at 3 p.m. on Friday. They play Rock Springs on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and Sunday’s opponents are TBD.