BUFFALO – The Torrington senior Legion baseball team outscored Buffalo 29-9 in a road sweep on Wednesday evening.
The Tigers defeated the Buffalo Bulls 13-5 in game one and 16-4 in game two.
“It was the longest road trip of the year, but to go up there, come away with two wins and go into the Fourth of July break, so to speak, with four wins is good for our guys and good for the confidence,” Tiger manager Rob Mortimore said.
The wins pushed Torrington’s win streak to four, and it was the team’s seventh win in eight games.
“We are sitting right where we want to be right now. Things are starting to come together,” Mortimore said. “There is still some work to be done the last couple of weeks to clean some things up, but the guys know that. It’s basically a three-week season. We’ll come in, get after it and see what happens.”
In game one, after a scoreless first inning, Torrington’s Ben Firminhac got the offense rolling with a leadoff single. A bunt and error allowed Austin Short to reach base, while Ryder Hackbarth and Matthew Hellus collected hits to give Torrington a 2-0 lead.
Aiden Saucedo walked, followed by a Jackson Jones double and an RBI groundout by Bryce Hager pushed the lead to 5-0.
The Tigers added two in the fourth and two in the sixth to push the lead to 9-0 before Buffalo got on the scoreboard.
The Bulls got four runs back in the bottom of the sixth, but Torrington finished off the home with four runs of its own in the seventh.
Keith and Firminhac tallied three hits apiece, while Jones and Short recorded two each. Hager picked up the win in 5 2/3 innings, striking out three.
In game two, Buffalo took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Tigers pounced for 10 runs in the top of the second inning.
“We were able to have a couple big innings,” Mortimore said. “It is nice to see our guys step up and get solid at-bats and put the ball in play. Good things happen when you do that.”
It wasn’t just the offense and pitching getting it done for the Tigers. The defense also saw improvement on Wednesday.
“We played really well – a lot better than what we did the night before when we threw the ball around against Chadron,” Mortimore said. “Wednesday, we picked it up and cleaned it up a little.”
Torrington added three more runs in the third and fifth innings to close out the five-inning, run-ruled contest.
All nine Tigers tallied at least one hit as the team pounded out 14 hits. Firminhac paced the attack, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Short, Saucedo and Keyan Sargent tallied two hits apiece.
Nolan Long went the distance for the Tigers on 101 pitches. Long struck out four and gave up only two earned runs.
“We are starting to compete in the strike zone,” Mortimore said. “At this level, get in the strike zone, change speeds and let guys put the ball in play to allow our defense to do the work. Our goal is to get a batter out of batter’s box in three pitches or less with the pitch count.”
The Tigers (12-10 overall and 1-5 in the ‘A’ Southeast) travel to Douglas for a weekend tournament which begins on Friday and wraps up Sunday.