Colts Impress in First Home Tournament of the Year
The Laramie Colts were back on their home diamond this last weekend when they hosted the First Interstate Bank Classic. The Colts played a total of four games.
Laramie impressed their home crowd on Friday, winning both of their games against Impact Sports of Denver. The Colts won the first game 5-1 and held on to win a back-and-forth second game 7-6.
The Colts took an early lead in the first game by capitalizing on an error, scoring three runs in the first inning. Jordan Rice led the offense for the Colts, going 2-2 and picking up two RBI. Jesus Brito pitched another gem for Laramie, going all seven innings and allowing only one run on three hits and three walks. Brito also struck out 5 batters.
Laramie got off to another hot start in Friday’s second game plating two runs in the first inning. The Colts then surrendered six runs the very next inning and did not take the lead again until the very last play.
The Colts started a rally in the bottom of the ninth, down 6-5. With the bases loaded and one run already in, Nich Pitzer had a walk-off infield single that secured the win for Laramie 7-6.
Laramie had did not play again until Sunday when they took the field for a doubleheader against the Denver Sox. The Colts ended up splitting the two games against the Sox.
With 14 total hits, the Colts went on an offensive tear in the first game winning 6-0. The Colts only went down in order one time the entire game. Tyler Bobenstab was the offensive MVP of the game, going 3-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Manny DeLeon had a solid pitching performance for the Colts, throwing all seven innings, giving up three hits and striking out five.
With three wins already under their belt, the Colts seemed to have lost their mojo going into the last game, dropping the tournament finale 4-2. Laramie didn’t manage to get a hit until the third inning.
The Colts did seem to have some life in that third inning, gathering two hits and two runs. After the third, Laramie could not find any sort of offense while the Sox could. The Sox retook the lead in the top of the fourth, 3-2, and never looked back.
Christian Cale took the loss for Laramie, pitching 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out 5.
Laramie is off until Wednesday when they will host the Arvada Colts in a doubleheader.