TORRINGTON – The Torrington junior Legion baseball team ended their ‘C’ Tournament weekend on a winning note on Sunday.
“We had an opportunity to grow and gain some experience,” Tiger coach Morgan Desmond said of the weekend. “We played some pretty quality teams.”
On Friday, the Tigers were swept by Wheatland and WyCo.
Against Wheatland, the 13-year-olds fell 13-5.
The Lobos did most of their damage in the first inning, sending 12 players to the plate, scoring seven times.
Torrington got runs from Holden Hackett and Ethan Robbins in the second inning. The Tigers also got a run in in the third by Ty Albaugh. Spencer Booth and Cole Keller plated the final runs in the loss for the Tigers.
In the next game, the older ‘C’ team fell to WyCo., 9-8
After a scoreless first inning, the WyCo scored four times in the second frame, but the Tigers answered with five runs.
Ayden Desmond, Grady Shields, Ryan Moorehouse, Wyler Fisher and Anthony Moser all crossed the plate in the second.
Torrington didn’t score again until the sixth inning. During that time, WyCo didn’t score either.
The Tigers got runs by Moser and Ty Nicolay, pushing their lead to 7-4, but WyCo stormed back in the fifth inning with five runs to take the lead for good.
“The first game of the tournament, we were up on them and our pitching fell apart at the end,” Desmond said. “Otherwise, we hit the ball well.”
On Saturday, WyCo jumped out to a 6-0 lead through 2 1/2 innings before the Tiger 13-year-olds scored their only run of the game in a 11-1 loss.
In the third, Albaugh walked, later stealing second and third. Caleb Kelly walked, and a wild pitch brought home Albaugh.
WyCo capped off the game with five runs in the top of the fifth in the run-ruled loss.
“They showed a lot of character. They hit the ball well on some tough pitches, and they stuck to it,” Desmond said. “It was a closer game than the score showed.”
In the night cap, the older ‘C’ fell 19-2 to a 16-and-under Sheridan County Regulators out of Gordon-Rushville, Nebraska.
The Tigers’ lone runs came in the bottom of the second.
Brady Cook singled, Fisher walked, Colter McFarlin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Moser reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Torrington to score its first run of the game. Nicolay also drove in a run despite grounding into a double play.
“The older boys were definitely outmatched,” Desmond said. “They had a lot of 16-year-olds. They were a pretty salty team. Our boys did what they could do against them. They showed some good plate discipline.”
After that, Sheridan County added 10 more runs in the five-inning contest.
“Even though the score doesn’t reflect it, we hit the ball against them, but it was just right at people,” Desmond said.
On the final day, the Tigers ended up in the win column.
“We finally woke up and decided to play a little better,” Desmond said.
The C team defeated Chadron, Neb. 10-0, while 13-year-old squad knocked off Douglas 10-8.
Ayden Desmond went the distance for the Tigers in the shutout victory.
The Tigers travel to Alliance, Nebraska on Friday at 5 and 7 p.m.
“I’m throwing them from one fire straight to another,” Desmond said. “I’m challenging these guys and trying to keep them sharp and mentally tough. I don’t want to make it too easy on them. I want these guys to work.”