ROCK SPRINGS – The Torrington Twisters 12-and-under softball team snagged the bronze at the Wyoming State Tournament over the weekend in Rock Springs, posting a 4-2 record.
“I thought as a whole, the weekend was a huge success, especially with our limited number of practices,” coach Molly Moorehouse said.
The Twisters haven’t competed as a team much this summer. They participated in a tournament in Douglas on June 24-25, but that was the only competitive action outside of Torrington that they played. Most of the girls on the roster did compete in the town softball league.
“(The Douglas Tournament) was just to get them to see what they would see before they got to the state tournament,” Moorehouse said.
The Twisters handled business in pool play, posting a +29 score differential between two games. They bested the Casper Cobras 17-3, before beating the Douglas Diamonds 23-8.
With a 2-0 record in pool play, the Twisters earned a first-round bye in the bracket. Their first game of the bracket came against Lander Furry, and Torrington’s high scoring halted, falling 14-2. Once in the lower bracket, Torrington replicated its results from pool play, beating the Diamonds 15-3 and the Cobras 9-4.
The Twisters squared off against the Furry again in the finals of the lower bracket, with a birth to the championship game on the line. Lander proved themselves for a second time against Torrington, picking up the win 14-9. Torrington finished third, with Lander falling in the title game to Laramie.
“That’s the key to 12’s and 10’s is if you have a pitcher or two who is good, you can do well. Our pitching (Marissa Moorehouse and Alyssa Albaugh) did really well,” Moorehouse said. “They’re a competitive bunch of girls and they really did their best.”
Moorehouse and Albaugh were joined on the team by Nayeli Loya, Kirstin Tucker and Mackenzie McIntosh as players from last year’s roster. Kailey Porter, Kayla Dreiling, Jade Brothwell and Sierra Allen joined the ranks of the Twisters for this summer, competing for the 12-and-unders. Maddie McIntosh, Kennedy Reinhardt and Kadyn Tucker all also contributed to Torrington’s efforts over the weekend.
The state tournament was the final action of the summer for the 12-and-under Twisters. Moorehouse said she hopes that there can be a 10-and-under and 12-and-under team representing Torrington all summer long in 2018.
“The Twisters have always been known in the area as a good softball team,” she said. “We’re hoping (finishing third) does well for our team and we get a 10’s and 12’s team together for next year.”