TORRINGTON – The Torrington Tigers 15-and-under baseball team cruised to a 13-3 win in the first game of a double-header Monday against Cheyenne, before falling in the second game, 7-5.
“We knew Cheyenne was going to be tough,” manager Andy Brown said. “Right now we are battling for the first and second seed in the East part of the state going into the state tournament. We knew that this was going to be a dogfight and this was a playoff atmosphere.”
The Tigers got started quickly in the first game, with the first four batters all coming around to score in the first inning. Torrington blew the game open with another six runs in the second inning. The Tigers added two runs in the third inning and their final run came in the fifth inning.
Sam Firminhac paced the Tigers in scoring after crossing the plate three times. Cameron Murphy, Teddy Carr and Daniel Wayland each scored two runs in the win. Firminhac was the only Tiger with multiple hits, recording three in the first contest. Sebastian Doucette had two RBIs in the game.
After going three up and three down in the first two innings of the second game, Torrington became active at the plate. They scored a run in both the third and fourth innings and added another two in the fifth. Jackson Jones came around to score in the sixth to try and give Torrington some insurance. With a 5-2 lead heading into the seventh, the Tigers allowed five runs in the top of the frame and did not have an answer, falling 7-5.
“It was a really emotional game,” Brown said. “Both teams were fired up. We had seven walks in that last inning and walks kill in baseball, especially in games like that with high emotion.”
Murphy, Firminhac, Carr, Jones and Gage Correa accounted for the five runs. Carr also contributed with his bat in the fifth inning, batting in two runs on a double. Doucette and Firminhac each contributed an RBI.
Double-header vs. Wheatland
The Tigers defended their home field Thursday, winning both games of a double-header against Wheatland by a combined score of 23-2.
“It was our first time seeing them so we didn’t know what to expect,” Brown said. “We gave them the benefit of the doubt that they’d be good. We played excellent and we are playing excellent ball right now in general. We are peaking at the right time.”
In the first game, which was an 11-0 win for the Tigers, Firminhac, Carr and Wayland all scored twice. Carr had his second home run of the season in the first inning, on his way to a four-RBI game. Caeden Riley was second on the team in RBIs, with two.
The second game proved to be more of the same, with the Tigers snagging a 12-2 win. Nick Sherbeyn crossed the plate three times to pace Torrington in scoring. Firminhac, Carr and Correa all contributed two runs. Firminhac had three RBIs, while Carr and Wayland each had two.
“We are starting to understand getting into hitter’s counts and being aggressive in the correct hitting counts and that’s really what we’ve been promoting all season,” Brown said. “We’re really hitting the ball well because of that.”
The Tigers now sit at 17-12. They are 6-1 in their past seven games. Torrington hosted Gering, Neb. Tuesday after press time to close out the weekend. The Tigers are slated to compete in the Legion 15-and-under State Tournament in Wheatland on July 19-23.
“We are going to keep riding this high wave and keep it going as long as we can,” Brown said. “We are peaking right now, we are playing great ball. I’m proud of the guys. We’re pitching, we’re hitting, we’re bunting – we’re doing everything right and playing great ball right now.”