Tigers ‘A’ split with Casper

Robert Galbreath
Posted 7/6/24

The Torrington Tigers 'A' Legion team scored a decisive victory against the top-ranked Casper Drillers in the opening game of a double-header on Tuesday.

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Tigers ‘A’ split with Casper


TORRINGTON – The Torrington Tigers ‘A’ Legion team scored a decisive 3-2 walk-off victory against the top-ranked Casper Drillers in the opening game of a home double header on Tuesday, July 2.

Torrington’s win disrupted the Driller’s undefeated record in the ‘A’ East Wyoming conference and proved the Tigers are capable of running with any opponent.

The second game remained tied, 2-2, through the fifth inning before the Drillers scored six runs in the sixth inning to prevail, 8-3.

Scoring the win

The neck-and-neck first game between Torrington and Casper resulted in a scoreless stalemate through the first two innings.

A solid defense by the Tigers shut out the Drillers in the top of the first and second innings. In the first inning, leftie pitcher Mac Hibben struck out one. Ryan Moorehouse fielded a ground ball and shortstop Bryce Hager delivered the ball to first baseman Caleb Kelly for the third out.

Hibben struck out one in the top of the second inning. Casper ground out to third baseman Garrett Hager. Grady Shields fielded a fly ball in right field to post the third out.

The Drillers got on the scoreboard with two runs in the top of the third inning to take the initiative, 2-0.

Torrington’s fielders closed ranks to prevent Casper from scoring again in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

The Tigers offense scored its first run in the bottom of the fifth inning, reducing Casper’s lead to a single run, 2-1. Garrett Hager was hit by a pitch and advanced to first base. Drew Kramer singled. Casper’s fielders faltered with the ball and Garrett Hager sprinted home.

The Torrington defense once again shut out Casper in the top of the sixth and seventh innings.

Stepping up to bat in the bottom of the seventh, Moorehouse drew a walk. 

Caleb Kelly took his turn to bat and hit a ground ball, reaching third base on an error by the Driller’s shortstop and driving Moorehouse home to tie the game, 2-2. 

Kelly took advantage of another error to slide into home plate for Torrington’s third run and a walk-off victory.

Overall, the Tigers tallied three hits against Casper, led by Kramer with two while Hibben contributed a single.

On the mound, Hibben pitched seven powerful innings, striking out 10.