TORRINGTON – The Tigers finished its season 0-2 at last week’s Wyoming State ‘A’ Legion Baseball Tournament at Dean Bullock Field in Torrington.
The Tigers fell on back-to-back days to the Cody Cubs and the Cheyenne Hawks – the teams who later played for the state title on Sunday morning.
Despite going 0-2, the Tigers had some positives come out it.
Cameron Murphy was named to the second team All-State squad, while Torrington earned the league’s Sportsmanship Award.
Thursday, the Tigers held a 4-1 advantage heading to the bottom of the third inning before the Cheyenne Hawks did most of the damage over the next two innings.
“These guys have a lot of character,” Tiger coach Andy Brown said. “That’s what we’ve been preaching all season. They showed a lot of heart coming out and fighting hard.”
The Hawks scored 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to take an 11-5 lead.
Torrington threatened again in the top of the sixth with singles from Murphy and Jared Myrtle, along with a Hawk error, but the Tigers only managed a single run.
Cheyenne capped off the win with two more runs in the home half of the inning while facing the minimum in the seventh.
Murphy, Myrtle and Bo Moorehouse collected two hits apiece in the loss, while Myrtle was tagged with the loss, striking out one in four innings of work.
“We are young, skipping B and jumping straight into the single-A tournament,” Brown explained. “We knew it would be a tough season, but I’m proud of the guys. They fought all season long. The best thing is, there is always next year.”
He hopes the experience gained this season will be beneficial to the team in the coming seasons.
“It’s just about seeing pitching at the higher level,” Brown concluded. “We are probably the youngest team at the single-A division in the state. Seeing that pitching will help in the long run.”