Tigers go 1-2 at Douglas

DOUGLAS – The Torrington senior Legion baseball team wrapped up the regular season with a 1-2 weekend at the Bolln Memorial Wood Bat Tournament in Douglas.

The Tigers’ lone win came on Saturday afternoon over the Green River Knights.

On Friday, the Douglas Cats jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning en route to an 8-0 run-ruled victory over the Tigers.

Back-to-back walks to open the home half of the first sparked the home team’s big inning.

Four of the five runs in the frame came with two out on the scoreboard.

Douglas added three more runs in the bottom of the third inning.

In the loss, Torrington collected only three base runners – coming in the form of hits – over the span of five innings.

Pitcher Jackson Jones, first baseman Ryder Hackbarth and shortstop Bryce Hager were the only Tigers to reach base in the game.

Jones was also tagged with the loss, pitching four innings, striking out four.

The next day, Torrington rebounded for a 9-5 win over Green River behind a 12 strike out performance from starter Caeden Riley.

After two scoreless innings, the Knights were first on the scoreboard with two runs in the top of the third, but Torrington answered with six runs in the home of the same frame.

A two-out double by Hager tied the game at two apiece. Hackbarth, Riley, Austin Short and Matthew Hellus tallied hits to push the Tiger lead to 6-2.

The score remained a four-run advantage for the Tigers until the sixth inning.

The Knights plated two, but Torrington answered again with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Jones, Hager and Ben Firminhac recorded RBIs in the inning.

In the seventh, Green River tried to make things interesting, loading the bases, but Torrington was able to induce a groundout to secure the victory.

Jones, Hager and Hellus tallied two hits apiece in the win. Riley went 6 1/3 innings, striking out 12 and giving up only five hits.

With a 1-1 record in pool play, the Tigers went into Sunday’s bracket portion of the tournament as the No. 2 seed and scheduled to play the No. 1 seed, the Wheatland Lobos, from the other pool.

In the opening round, Wheatland got the best of Torrington for the third time for the week, handing the Tigers a 9-2 loss.

Wheatland got five runs across in the top of the second inning to give the Lobos a 6-1 lead.

Torrington only managed to score one more run over the remainder of the game.

A Wheatland error allowed Jones to score in the bottom of the first, and in the sixth inning, Hackbarth scored on a passed ball.

Hager paced Torrington’s offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate, while Hackbarth and Riley tallied the only two hits for the Tigers.

The Tigers end the regular season with a 13-14 overall record and a 1-7 mark in the ‘A’ Southeast Conference. Torrington heads to this weekend’s East District Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face the No. 2 seed Riverton at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 16 in Wheatland.



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