CASPER – It was a tale of two games Tuesday evening at Mike Lansing Field for the Torrington Tigers despite both ending in losses to the Casper Crush.
In game one, Casper scored all three runs in the bottom of the second, handing the Tigers a 3-2 loss.
“If you look at the box score, we have one inning where we threw the ball around a little bit and had trouble with some walks,” Tiger coach Rob Mortimore said.
That proved to be the difference in the game.
In the second inning, the Crush tallied six of their nine hits and had a hit batter, leading to the trio of runs.
“Other than that, we played well,” Mortimore said. “We stayed in the game and had chances.”
The Tigers began their comeback attempt in the top of the third.
Torrington Nick Sherbeyn singled, followed by a walk by Cameron Murphy. Sam Firminhac followed that up with a double.
The Tigers threatened over the final three innings, with runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames.
Torrington left runners stranded at third in the fifth, second and third in the sixth and had two on with no outs in the top of the seventh.
“We had opportunities to do something there, but if you look at the previous three or four innings, we also had opportunities to push a run across,” Mortimore said. “We are still working on the timely and situational hitting. It’ll come, and we’ll get there. They are staying in games.”
Sherbeyn paced the Torrington offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk.
Jones was tagged with the loss, striking out two over five innings.
Game two belonged to Casper from the opening inning.
The Crush plated two in the bottom of the first, but Gabe Mitchell cut the deficit in half with a double, driving in Deagan Keith.
It proved to be the only run of the game for the Tigers.
Casper added four in the second, three in the third and finished off the game with six in the fourth.
“The second one, we gave up 14 runs on six or seven hits,” Mortimore said. “We are creating traffic on our own via defensive errors or walks, hit batters, which we need to eliminate and give ourselves a chance to compete.”
Sherbeyn went 3-for-3 again at the plate to reach base seven times over the course of the doubleheader.
Caeden Riley was tagged with the loss, working into the second inning, striking out two, walking three and surrendering five earned runs.
The Tigers head to the Roy Peck Tournament in Riverton on Saturday and Sunday.
Torrington (2-4) will open the tournament with Evanston at 10 a.m. Saturday and wrap up the first day with Green River at 7 p.m. Sunday, the Tigers will play Riverton at 11 a.m. with the third-place contest slated for 2 p.m. and the championship at 5 p.m.