Laramie Holds Off Casper Twice for a Sweep
The winning streak reached four over the weekend for the Laramie Rangers, as they swept the Casper Oilers in a home doubleheader Sunday at Cowboy Field.
Laramie (5-7) rallied to win both games. The final in the game one was 9-8 in eight innings. The Rangers pulled out game two, 9-7.
Harrison Yates came through with a game-winning, walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded that scored Blake Moore in the eighth that won it for Laramie.
The Rangers led 3-0 early, but Casper responded with six runs in the third and fourth inning. After the teams traded runs in the fifth, Laramie took the lead with two in the sixth. RBI singles from Moore and Marshall Stuart gave the Rangers an 8-7 advantage. Casper got one back in the seventh and forced extra innings.
Moore had three hits and drove in two runs to lead the offense. Stuart added two hits and two RBI’s. Harrison Yates got the win in relief of Albert Steiner and Moore. He went one and two-thirds with no runs or hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Casper (2-15) had nine hits and ten walks at the plate. They also stole four bases. Jesse Carr took the loss.
In game two, the Rangers scored four times in the fourth and took the lead for good.
The Oilers plated three in the first and third for a 6-3 lead. That included a two-run double in the third by Daultyn Rux.
In the fourth, Albert Steiner had an RBI single with one out. After a line-out, Stuart walked with the bases loaded which forced in a run. An error led to two more runs. Laramie added two more in the fifth on another Casper error.
Logan Pickard tossed four innings in relief for the victory. He didn’t allow a hit with one unearned run. Pickard walked four and struck out five.
Steiner had two hits, an RBI scored three times. Treyven Armijo added a pair of hits. The Rangers took advantage of five walks by Casper pitchers and six errors by the Oilers. They had only six hits in game two.
Laramie returns to the diamond Wednesday at home against the Green River Knights. The twin bill from Cowboy Field starts at 3 p.m.
Rangers at Rock Springs
Sunday’s pair of wins followed a sweep of Rock Springs Archie Hay Post 24 Saturday on the road.
Laramie won the opener 11-7. They got out to a 5-1 lead, but Rock Springs rallied for a 6-5 edge. Four runs in the fifth put the Rangers in front for good. An RBI double by Marshall Stuart gave Laramie the lead. Stuart was also the winning pitcher.
In game two at Rock Springs, the Rangers exploded for 12-runs in the third inning on their way to a 17-5 victory. It was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
In the big third inning, Laramie had eight RBI hits, which included an RBI double from Treyven Armijo and a two-run double from Stuart.
The 19-hit attack was led by Moore, Yates and Pickard with three hits apiece. Reid Baty added a two-run home run and three RBI’s. The Rangers pounded out six total extra-base hits. Armijo started and got the win on the mound.