Laramie Rangers Drop Conference Game to Wheatland Lobos
The Laramie Rangers lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday with a 9-6 loss to the Wheatland Lobos at Cowboy Field.
Rangers manager Zac Baker attributed the loss to mental errors, especially with runners in scoring position as Laramie left 11 runners on base and committed 6 errors.
“We have not even scratched the surface as far as our potential goes. We are in a funk, but I see us bouncing out of this.”
-Manager Zac Baker
Laramie got their 6 run on 10 hits. Abel Casas had 9 strikeouts and gave up 8 hits through 8 innings in the loss for the Rangers who are now 6-10 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Joe Hageman picked up the win for the Lobos, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits. The Lobos had just 8 hits but went 9-for-9 on stolen bases. Wheatland moves to 13-8 overall and 1-2 in the conference with the win.
The Rangers took a one run lead into the second inning, but Wheatland plated 8 runs through the next three innings for an 8-1 lead. Laramie surged back into the game with a 4-run fourth inning and buckled down defensively. Both teams went scoreless in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before Wheatland scored a run on a delayed steal after a failed attempt to throw out a runner stealing second base. Laramie went into the bottom of the ninth inning down 9-5. They were down to their last strike when Tommy Johnson reached first base on an error which allowed Kevin Dooley to score from third base for the Rangers sixth run.
The Rangers hit the road for two weeks before returning to their home field for the Dooley Oil Classic on June 24.