Laramie Rangers Dominate Casper Drillers 13-1
Two big innings keyed a 13-1 victory in only six-and-a-half innings, as the Laramie Rangers stayed alive at the Class 'A' State Tournament.
Rangers' manager Rich Wilson said, "We couldn't have written a better script."
Laramie exploded with seven runs in the first inning. It was capped by a three-run home run to left field by Marshall Stuart.
Wilson said of Stuart, "You know he can hit that way. His average might not show that he's actually done that very often, but I know he has that ability."
The Rangers followed with six more runs in the fourth. Nate Hill, Kacey Bernaski, and Stuart all contributed RBI singles. Drew Burman capped the frame with a two-run single.
Four pitchers combined for the victory. Hill went the first three for the win. He struck out six and walked one.
"You get a chance to limit Nate (Hill)... he'll be able to comeback easier and pitch for us in our next series of games. Plus, we got to use some other pitchers and give them a little bullpen work," said Wilson.
Casper was held to four hits in the game and didn't get their first until the fifth inning.
After the first step of survive and advance in the loser's bracket, the Laramie Rangers face the same scenario on Saturday. They will take on the Douglas Cats at noon.
Wilson added, "Hopefully we answer to that (the opponent's) intensity, and our intensity picks up; that's exactly what I'd like to have happen."
The winner will play a second game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
You can listen to the game live on KOWB (AM 1290) or through our live stream by clicking here. David Settle will be on the call from Cowboy Field. It will begin at 11:45 a.m.