RIVERTON – The Torrington Tigers avenged a loss in the opening round of Riverton’s Roy Peck Tournament on Sunday evening to claim the tournament’s championship.
The Tigers opened the two-day tournament with a 5-4 loss to the ‘AA’ Evanston Outlaws.
Evanston held a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth when Gage Correa drove in Jackson Jones for the Tigers’ first run.
Torrington added two more in the fifth courtesy of a two-RBI single by Sam Firminhac.
However, the lead was short-lived as Evanston plated three of its own in the top of sixth to retake the lead.
Torrington got one back in the sixth, leaving one stranded in scoring position and were retired in order in the seventh.
Cameron Murphy went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored as the Tigers collected eight hits total. Deagan Keith was tagged in the loss, working the sixth inning, walking three and surrendering three earned runs.
In game two on Saturday, the Tigers rebounded with a 7-3 win over Severance, Colo.
Torrington grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on RBIs from Keith and Caeden Riley and never trailed for the remainder of the game.
The Tigers added four in the fourth and one in the fifth to pull away for the win.
Torrington only had five hits in the win, including two from Correa. Dylan Drieling picked up the win, striking out four over five innings.
On Sunday morning, the Tigers opened the day with a 5-3, extra-inning victory over host Riverton.
Jones broke the 2-2 tie with an RBI triple to right field, scoring Firminhac. Late in the inning, Jones scored on a Correa single and Blake Lofink came around to score on a passed ball.
Nick Sherbeyn, Firminhac and Jones tallied two hits apiece for the Tigers, while Firminhac was credited with the win, working 5 1/3 innings in relief.
The win put the Tigers in the championship game in a rematch against the Evanston Outlaws.
Evanston scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the first, but Torrington answered with runs in the second and third to tie the game at two.
In the top of the fourth, Keith put the Tigers in front 3-2 and Riley walked with the bases loaded to make the score 4-2.
The Outlaws got a run back in the sixth but left the bases loaded in the seventh.
Sherbeyn went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Jones went the distance for the Tigers on the mound, striking out two on 95 pitches.
For the tournament, Sherbeyn continued his offensive output at the top of the Torrington lineup, going 5-for-10 at the plate with three walks.
With the 3-1 weekend, the Tigers evened their record at 5-5 as they prepare to host the Dean Bullock Tournament on Thursday and Friday.