SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Torrington Tigers wrapped up the Nebraska Transport Company Tournament on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 record at Cleveland Field in Scottsbluff.
The Tigers took down the Wheatland Lobos on Thursday before splitting Sunday’s pair of games against the NoCo Roughnecks and the Westco Express.
Torrington 13, Wheatland 1
On Thursday, Torrington opened the NTC Tournament in dominating fashion with a 13-1 run-ruled victory.
It didn’t take long for the Tigers to get on board with six runs in the home half of the first inning in a game which last only three innings.
Cameron Murphy and Bo Moorehouse worked walks to open the bottom of the first, while Sam Firminac singled to give the Tigers an early 2-0 advantage.
Wheatland’s only run came in the top of the second inning, but Torrington countered with seven more runs in the bottom of the third to close out the victory.
Eight of the nine batters in the Tiger lineup collected at least one hit for the game.
Jared Myrtle went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Moorehouse, Sam Firminac and Jackson Jones added two hits apiece.
Daniel Wayland recorded the win, striking out two over three innings of work.
NoCo Roughnecks 4,
After Saturday’s games were rained out and moved to Sunday morning, the Tigers looked to pick up right where they left off against Wheatland.
Murphy singled to open the game, while Jones backed it up with a walk. Murphy then stole third and later home on a double steal giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Torrington’s pitching and defense didn’t allow a Roughneck batter to reach base until the third inning.
However, in the fourth, NoCo tallied three hits to go along with a walk, hit batsman and a Torrington error to grab a 3-1 advantage.
The home team on the scoreboard added one more in the fifth, while Torrington played catch up the last few innings.
“I saw a lot of good things this morning, especially,” Tiger assistant coach Ryan Kath said. “We played clean baseball. We ended up losing, but we made a lot of plays. We didn’t get runs scored when we had the opportunity. We left a lot of runners stranded.”
The Tigers managed to plate one in each in the fifth and sixth innings courtesy of RBIs from Gabe Mitchell and Murphy.
The Tigers had a shot at extending the game, but left the game-tying run at third in the one-run loss.
Murphy and Sebastian Doucette went 3-for-3 at the plate.
Murphy was also tagged with the loss in six innings of work. He struck out two, surrendering six hits and three earned runs.
Torrington 8, Westco 7
Late on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers bounced back to end the tournament with an 8-7 win over the host Westco Express.
It was a high scoring affair as both teams struggled defensively, committing a combined 11 errors.
“The second game looked a little sloppy,” Kath said. “We put that pressure on ourselves, but they handled it in the end.”
With the scored tied at five heading to the sixth inning, Torrington broke the tie with hits from Wayland, Mitchell and an RBI groundout from Gage Corea.
The Tigers added runs from Nick Sherbeyn and Murphy to go up three, but the home team made things interesting, loading the bases with one out.
The Express added two runs prior to Doucette coming on in relief of Jones, recording the final two outs and the save.
“(Sebastian) came in and did a great job of finishing it. Overall, pretty good today,” Kath said. “We had a couple opportunities to make plays earlier in the inning, but it didn’t happen.”
Wayland and Sherbeyn tallied two hits apiece, while Jones picked up the win, striking out four in 6 1/3 innings of work.