CASPER – The Torrington Tiger C teams wrapped up the 2022 regular season over the weekend as the C-NE squad split a road doubleheader against Casper, while the C-SE team was swept by the Cheyenne Indians at home Saturday evening.
On Friday, the Tiger C-NE team earned a split against the Casper Crush. In game one, the Tigers held a three-run lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
With starting pitcher Brady Cook up against the pitch count, Tiger manager Mike Harberts turned to Anthony Moser to close out the game.
“Everything blew up. We lost it in the seventh,” Harberts said. “We couldn’t get an out with a new pitcher on the mound. We walked in the winning run.”
Ca sper battled back and won it in awalk-off 12-11.
“The final score didn’t tell the tale of what happened in the game,” Harberts said. “We actually played a pretty decent game. We were up going into the seventh by three runs.”
In the no-decision, Cook pitched six innings, striking out five and issuing only one walk.
“Brady Cook had pitched the first six innings and had done a great job,” Harberts said. “He was approaching his pitch limit, and I decided to pull him.”
Landre Greiman and Wyler Fisher paced the Tigers offense with three hits, while Caleb Kelly, Ryan Moorehouse and Mac Hibben had two apiece.
After the heart-breaking loss, Harberts was worried about how his team might respond in game two, but the Tigers came out behind a strong pitching performance from Hibben.
“It was really hard for the kids going into the second game having given up the first game the way they did,” Harberts said. “They were able to mentally check back in.”
The Tigers were victorious 8-1 behind 13 strike outs from Hibben in a complete game win.
“He pitched a phenomenal game. He gave up one hit and one run and got 13 strike outs,” Harberts said. “Offensively our guys were able to get on base. We had quit a few sac flies to bring guys in.”
Greiman and Cook went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Fisher, Hibben, Drew Kramer, Kelley and Moser collected one hit apiece.
The Tigers (19-8) now turn their attention to the Wyoming ‘C’ State Tournament which begins Thursday in Cheyenne. All games will be played at Powers Field, which features a turfed infield.
“We had Gillette in our conference, and they play on turf,” Harberts said. “We had two games on turf all year. It’s a lot different than we are used to here at Jirdon. Going into the week, we are going to try to get some exposure to ground balls on turf by practicing down in Yoder on their football field. Hopefully, it’ll get them more accustomed to how turf plays versus how our rocky surface plays.”
The Tigers, the No. 2 seed from the Northeast Conference, will open the tournament at 4 p.m. against Jackson, the No. 1 seed from the Southwest Conference. Torrington will face either Cheyenne or Lovell with a win on Thursday at 7 p.m. However, with a loss, they will face the loser of Green River and Gillette at 10 a.m.
Tiger C-SE team ends season
with sweep to Cheyenne
TORRINGTON – The C-SE team saw its season come to an end with a 6-19 record after dropping the final two games of the summer at the hands of the Cheyenne Indians on Saturday evening at Jirdon Park.
Cheyenne outscored Torrington 28-1 in the doubleheader.
In game one, Torrington fell 12-0 to the Indians as the Tigers tallied only two hits in the four-inning loss. Beaux Shimic and Colby Sandusky tallied the team’s only hits of the game.
Shimic was tagged with the loss, pitching 3 1/3 innings, striking out one.
In game two, Sandusky tallied the team’s only hit and scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning of the 16-1 loss.
Rhett Clarke was tagged with the loss, pitching 2 2/3 innings, striking out two.
The losses mark the end of the season for the Tiger C-SE team as they failed to qualify for the state tournament this season.