Rangers Make Brief Stop at Home
The Laramie Rangers return home Tuesday evening hosting Idaho Falls, ID in a doubleheader at Cowboy Field starting at 5 p.m.
It’s been nine days since the last home games for Laramie. After they split a doubleheader last Monday, June 5 at the Cheyenne Hawks, the Rangers went on the road for a tournament last weekend.
Laramie (10-11) went 2-2 at the Alan Tellinghuisen Memorial Tournament in Spearfish, SD. The Rangers opened with a 10-1 victory over Sturgis, SD last Friday in pool play. They dropped both games on Saturday. Their first was an 8-1 loss to Wahoo, NE followed up by a 9-8 loss to Billings (MT) Upper Deck. Laramie rallied for fifth place with a 14-4 victory over the Douglas Cats on Sunday. The Rangers broke open a tie game with 10 runs in the fifth inning.
Manager Brandon Ruckman thought it was a pretty good effort.
“I really thought we could’ve got one more on Saturday and ended up 3-1, but overall I thought the kids did good. Started strong and finished strong, we just got a little complacent there in the middle.”
Ruckman says with Idaho Falls tonight, “They’re kind of a younger team, so we’ll probably end up playing some of our younger guys. From what I saw last year, they’re a pretty decent team, decent squad. Obviously they have some good talent and good pitching, so we’ll see what they do.”
Tonight’s double dip marks the only home games this week. Laramie goes to Rawlins Wednesday for a pair of games, and then it’s off to Alliance, NE for tournament action this weekend.
Laramie starts a big home stretch on June 20 with a home doubleheader versus Wheatland. They will also host the wood bat Dooley Oil Classic and twin-bills against Mountain View (CO) and Alliance (NE) on June 28 and 29.