TORRINGTON – The Torrington Tigers 15-and-under baseball team suffered two losses against Gillette at home Wednesday, dropping the first 14-9 and the second 18-7.
The Tigers put five runs up in the first inning, with Nick Sherbeyn, Cameron Murphy, Sam Firminhac, Gabe Mitchell and Daniel Wayland all crossing the plate. In the second inning, Murphy and Firminhac scored again, putting the Tigers up 7-0. Over the next five innings, Torrington plated only one run, while allowing 14.
“We were up 7-0 in the first game in and blew a seven-run lead. There was no pitching again,” coach Andy Brown said. “Our starting pitching was great, but our relief pitchers weren’t so much. We need to work on that.”
Sherbeyn and Mitchell were the only Tigers to record multiple hits, accounting for two apiece. Carr, who had two RBIs, knocked a home run in the first game. Murphy, Firminhac, Mitchell and Gage Correa all had an RBI on the night. Torrington was active on the bases, racking up four stolen bases.
The Tigers fell behind early in the second contest. Gillette hit a lead-off home run, but Torrington battled back to score five runs in the third inning to take a lead. The Tigers let that lead crumble, falling 18-7 after seven innings.
Murphy had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-4, including a double and two runs. Carr and Sebastian Doucette each had two hits in the second game and combined for three RBIs.
The Tigers dropped to 4-6 on the season. They return to the diamond on the road Friday against Bridgeport, Neb. The double-header is set to start at 5 p.m., with the second game at 7 p.m.
“It’s going to be a totally different group of kids because we haven’t seen them yet,” Brown said. “It’s the same thing. We just want to get a lead early and we can do our stuff – steal bases, hit and run, play small ball – that’s our key… and again, throw strikes.”