TORRINGTON – The Torrington junior Legion baseball team and the Casper Barons split a conference doubleheader on Tuesday, July 9 at Jirdon Park.
In game one, Casper broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs.
Torrington had opportunities to score in the first and fourth innings, leaving the bases loaded both times.
The visitors added an additional in the top of the fifth, but in the home half of the frame, Ben Firminhac was hit by a pitch, and Nolan Long and Keyan Sargent tallied back-to-back singles to put the Tigers on the board.
Both teams added runs in the sixth.
Austin Short’s RBI single cut the Casper deficit to 4-2 heading to the final inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Barons exploded for six runs, pushing their lead to 10-2.
In the home half of the seventh, singles by Hager, Sargent and Grady Shield drove in another Tiger run, but a strikeout with runners at the corners ended the game for the Tigers.
Sargent led the Tiger offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Firminhac was tagged with the loss in 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out two.
In game two, it was a different story.
Torrington jumped on Casper early, cruising to an 8-2 victory.
Casper issued walks to Ayden Desmond, Hager, Sargent and Long in the bottom of the first, aiding a three run first.
In the bottom of the third, Firminhac singled to lead off the inning. Hager and Sargent followed it up with walks. Long doubled, driving in a pair to push the Tiger lead to 5-0.
Casper chipped away at the Torrington lead with a double of its own in the top of the fourth to cut the Tiger lead to 5-2.
More walks issued by the Barrons in the bottom of the fourth led to three more Tiger runs.
Short, Firminhac, Hager, Sargernt and Long all reached courtesy of base on balls, all resulting in runs.
In all, Casper issues 11 free passes to Torrington. Firminhac tallied two of the team’s three hits in the six-run victory, while Hager was credited with the win, striking out seven.
The Tigers (21-11) will host Wheatland at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jirdon Park in the final regular season game.