DOUGLAS – The Torrington Tiger junior Legion team opened the tournament with its only loss of the weekend.
The Tigers stumbled to Gillette, the eventual tournament champions, in the opening game of pool play.
“It was a pretty good game for us, but it was a really good game for them,” coach Ben Desmond said. “The Gillette pitcher threw a two-hitter against us.”
Torrington held Gillette scoreless in the first, third and fifth innings, but the undoing came in the second inning.
The Tigers gave up three walks and a triple. Gillette took advantage of that, scoring three of the five runs.
“That was pretty much the ballgame,” Desmond said.
Pitchers Bryce Hager and Ayden Desmond combined to hold Gillette to three hits.
Torrington 13, Rock Springs 6
In the second game of pool play, the Tigers jumped on Rock Springs early en route to a 13-6 victory.
A triple by Ayden Desmond and inside-the-park home run by Firminhac set the tone for the rest of the game.
“He has so much speed. He hit it to the gap and made it,” Desmond said of Firminhac.
Torrington’s offense tacked on four walks, leading to a six-run frame.
The Tigers added two more runs in the third inning with singles from Austin Short, Ayden Desmond and Sargent and four more runs in the fifth.
Torrington 10, Wheatland 3
In the final pool play game of the weekend, Torrington defeated Wheatland for the second time this season 10-3.
Hagar had a pair of hits with a single and a triple.
“He had a good day at the plate,” Desmond said.
The Tigers did most of their damage in the third inning, scoring seven runs.
Matt Hellus picked up the win.
“Matt threw a complete game and did very well.”
With a 2-1 record in pool play, the Tigers matched up with Powell for third place.
Torrington 4, Powell 1
Short tallied three hits for the game in a 4-1 win that came down to the final inning of play.
“He really came alive,” Desmond said. “He hadn’t been hitting the ball really well, but with his speed, he’s been getting on base.”
One of the highlights from the weekend came in the second inning when Bodie Moffit hit the cutoff man at shortstop, who relied it on to the catcher, who put a tag on a runner coming home for the third out.
Heading into the final inning, Torrington held a 2-1 lead.
“There was a lot of tension. Pitchers went the entire way for both teams,” Desmond said.
In the final inning, Moffit led off with a walk, Short and Ayden Desmond followed with singles. Hellus reached on an error. Sargent hit gap shot to left center, driving in the final two runs.
The win improves the Tigers to 7-2 on the year.
“Everybody got to play, and it was different people each time,” Desmond said. “Now, if we can get them all to do it at the same time.”
The Tigers travel to Cheyenne for a weekend tournament which begins at 1 p.m. Friday.