SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Torrington Tigers had a busy weekend playing five games in four days.
For the weekend, the Tigers went 2-2-1, including wins over the Westco Express on Thursday in Scottsbluff, Neb. and Sunday in Fort Morgan, Colo. against Mead, Colo.
Torrington (11-17-1) travels to Laramie for a weekend tournament beginning Friday and running through Sunday.
Tigers 8, Westco Express 2
The Tigers opened a busy weekend with an 8-2 win over the Westco Express on Thursday evening in Scottsbluff, and it took only two batters for the Tigers to take the lead.
Cameron Murphy led off with a triple, and Jackson Jones followed it up with an RBI single.
“The biggest thing is momentum,” Tiger head coach Andy Brown said. “Winning that first inning and building off that momentum is what we are trying to do.”
They did just that with the leadoff hitter getting on in six of the seven innings, leading to runs in five of those innings.
Torrington pounded out 12 hits – three from Jones, two from Murphy, Jared Myrtle and Gabe Mitchell.
Myrtle also pitched a gem, striking out eight and walking none in the complete-game performance.
“Jared pitched awesome,” Brown said. “All-in-all, it was a great game and great win.”
Following the win, the Tigers had a quick turn around with four games over the course of the weekend in Fort Morgan, Colo., and the coach hopes the team takes the same mindset shown on Thursday evening into the weekend.
“It’s the same mentality – keep the momentum in our favor, keep the pitch counts down and put the pressure on the other team’s defense,” Brown said.
Fort Morgan Tournament
The Tigers went 1-2-1 over the weekend at a tournament in Fort Morgan.
“We had a tough time. We couldn’t hit the ball really well. We had a tough time at the plate,” Brown said. “Pitched pretty decent, but we just couldn’t get the bats going until the last game.”
Torrington opened the weekend with a 2-2 tie against Fort Morgan before dropping a 14-10 decision to Brighton, Colo. and a 13-1 contest to Sterling, Colo.
Finally, the Tigers ended the weekend on a positive note with a 14-10 win over Mead.
No stats were available at press time.
“We started off slow, but we ended on a high note,” Brown concluded. “We had a big game against Mead so we are going to use that momentum going into this week. We are going to try to ride that momentum into the state tournament.”