TORRINGTON – The Torrington Tigers wrapped up conference play and the home portion of the 2022 schedule with a pair of losses to the Cheyenne Hawks on Wednesday evening at Dean Bullock Field.
In game one, Cheyenne grabbed an early 3-0 lead, but Torrington managed to chip away at the deficit during the second and third innings.
In the second inning, Deagan Keith led off the inning with a walk, but it wasn’t until there were two outs in the frame before Tiger center fielder Aidyn Saucedo drove in Mac Hibben to put Torrington on the scoreboard.
In the third, the Tigers continued to chip away at the deficit when Ayden Desmond scored from second base on a wild pitch, cutting the visitors lead to 3-2.
Unfortunately, it proved to be as close as the Tigers got for the remainder of the game. Cheyenne countered with five runs in the top of the fourth and seven in the fifth.
Meanwhile, Torrington’s offense only mustered one more run for the remainder of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Landre Greiman led off with a single. Saucedo hit into a fielder’s choice before Short doubled, driving in Saucedo.
Saucedo, Austin Short, Ben Firminhac and Greiman tallied one hit a piece.
Starter Nolan Long was tagged with the loss, pitching 3 2/3 innings, surrendering three earned runs.
In game two, Torrington scored the first six runs, but it was the Hawks who scored 12 unanswered runs in a 12-6 contest, handing the Tigers their second loss of the evening.
Firminhac drove in the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning with a one-out single.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the third inning.
Greiman led off with a single, sparking a five-run frame for the Tigers.
Saucedo, Firminhac and Keith also had hits in the innings, while Hackbarth drove in a run with a groundout.
With a 6-0 lead, Torrington only managed one additional baserunner over four innings.
Torrington held onto the lead until the top of the fifth inning when the Cheyenne offense exploded for eight runs. The Hawks added four more in the sixth in the come-from-behind victory.
Firminhac collected two of the Tigers’ seven hits, driving in two runs.
Desmond was the losing pitcher of record. He struck out three and gave up three earned runs over five innings.
Torrington (15-10) travels to the Bolln’ Wood Bat Tournament in Douglas over this weekend. The Tigers face Wheatland at 5 p.m. Friday and Powell at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Game times for Sunday are to be announced.
Torrington travels to Douglas this weekend for Bolln’ Wood Bat Tournament. They open play against Wheatland at 5 p.m. Friday. They will play Powell at 12:30 p.m. Saturday before wrapping up play on Sunday with bracket play.