Tigers fall in opener at Districts

DOUGLAS – The Torrington senior Legion baseball team fell in a high-scoring affair to Casper in the opening round of the East District Tournament on Monday afternoon in Douglas.

The combination of a small field and winds blowing out, made for plenty of scoring opportunities for both Casper and Torrington as the Tigers lost in a 20-10 run-ruled contest.

The first eight runs scored by Casper were all courtesy of home runs. The teams combined for five home runs – four of which came from Casper and Torrington catcher Ben Firminhac tallied the Tigers’ lone bomb of the game.

Firminhac’s home run got the offense going in the top first inning. Austin Short hit a double and Firminhac followed up with a two-run blast to left field to put the Tigers in front 2-0.

However, the lead was short-lived as Casper tied the game with the first of its four long balls in the bottom of the first. They also broke the tie with a solo home run.

It was the first of several lead chances over the first three innings.

Torrington regained the lead in the second with a passed ball and a Landre Greiman single, but Casper turned to the long ball again in the second. With two out, Casper retook the lead 5-4 on a second two-run home run.

In the third, the Tigers got two more runs across courtesy of singles by Deagan Keith and Bryce Hager.

Torrington held on to the lead until the bottom of the fourth when Casper hit its final home run of the game. It was a three-run blast to put Casper in front 8-6.

It was the last time Torrington held the lead for the remainder the game. Casper poured on six runs in the fifth and sixth innings, while the Tigers were able to only counter with a run in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Keith paced the Torrington offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Saucedo had two hits. Nolan Long was tagged with the loss, pitching four innings, striking out one.

The Tigers will resume play at the East District Tournament at noon on Wednesday. A win would secure Torrington a place at next week’s ‘A’ State Tournament in Cody, but a loss would end its season.


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