GILLETTE – It was a successful weekend for the trio of Torrington Thunder softball teams at the Wyoming State Championships in Gillette.
The Thunder 14U and 12U teams won their divisions respective state championships, while the youngest 10U team reached the championship game but came up short in the tournament finale.
Torrington’s oldest team went undefeated with a 5-0 record.
On the first day of pool play, the Thunder 14U defeated Wheatland and Lander by a combined 30-3.
The team opened the tournament with a 9-1 win over Wheatland. The Thunder did most of the damage in the sixth inning with seven of teams’ nine runs. The Lady Lobo’s lone run came in the in the bottom of the sixth.
Brooklyn Asmus, Laney Grubbbs and Kaia Jacobson led the Thunder with two hits apiece. Kennedy Reinhardt picked up the win in the circle, striking out two over three innings.
Later in the day, the Thunder defeated the Lander Legends 21-2 in three innings.
Torrington scored 13 times in the second inning en route to the win.
Kadence Schamel went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the offense. Skyla Wunder, Maggie Jacobson, Jordynn Speckner, Asmus and Reinhardt had two hits each. Schamel picked up the win, striking out five and giving up two hits over three innings on 44 pitches.
The next day, the Thunder returned to action against Lander again. This time, Torrington defeated the Legends 23-8 in three innings.
Lander grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Thunder answered with 10 runs in the bottom of the first, adding nine in the second and four in the third to pull away for the win.
Torrington tallied 20 hits in the win, led by Wunder and Speckner with three apiece. Asmus picked up the win, pitching 1 2/3 innings, striking out four.
Later in the day, Torrington defeated the Riverton Renegades 18-1 in another run-ruled contest.
The Thunder scored 11 in the first and seven in the second. Riverton’s lone run came in the top of the third. Torrington didn’t allow Riverton a hit over the three innings.
Jacobson, Reinhardt and Wunder led the team with two hits apiece. Asmus struck out three in 2 1/3 innings.
The win advanced Torrington to the championship game, setting up a rematch with the Wheatland Lady Lobos.
The Thunder overcame a 5-0 deficit to knock off Wheatland 12-9.
After a scoreless first, Wheatland scored the first runs of the game in the second inning. The Lady Lobos added three in the third before the Torrington offense came alive in the top of the fourth.
The Thunder scored seven runs in the frame. Speckner got the offense jumped started with a double, driving in Torrington’s first run of the game.
Wheatland added two more in the bottom of the fourth with two runs to tie the game at seven.
The game wasn’t tied very long as Asmus tripled, driving in two runs, but Wheatland once again tied the game at nine in the bottom of the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Speckner doubled, driving in the go-ahead and ultimately the winning runs.
Speckner went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs batted in and three runs scored. Wunder and Asmus added two hits apiece. Asmus struck out four over two innings, earning the win in relief.
The Thunder finished the season with a 21-13 record.
The Torrington Thunder 12U team also finished the weekend unbeaten.
On Friday, Torrington opened the weekend with a 20-0 win over the Lander Legends. They also defeated the Laramie Rec 9-4.
The Thunder opened bracket play against the Wicked 307, picking up an 18-0 win. Torrington wrapped up Saturday’s action with a 10-6 win over Laramie.
On Sunday in the championship game, the Thunder once again defeated Laramie 17-9.
CeCe Tapia and Shaylyn Wunder each had inside-the-park homeruns for the Thunder.
The Torrington Thunder 10U went 5-3 on the weekend en route to a second-place finish.
The Thunder’s only losses of the weekend were to the Casper Rebels.
In pool play on Friday, Torrington defeated Wicked 307, 20-1, but fell to to the Casper Rebels 7-7.
On Saturday on the first day of bracket play, the Thunder went 2-1. They opened the day with a 13-6 win over Wheatland and defeated Laramie 11-4. In the final game of the day, Casper once again defeated Torrington 14-6.
On Sunday, the Thunder bounced back with wins over Valor Valkryrie 11-10, setting up a rematch with Casper in the championship. This time around, Torrington bested the Rebels 9-7 to force a third game of the weekend between the two teams.
In the end, Casper fended off the Thunder 12-11 in extra innings.