Rough Start for the Rangers in Cheyenne
A seven-run third propelled the Windsor Wizards past the Laramie Rangers 10-0 in the opener for both teams at the Cheyenne Post 6 Firecracker Tournament.
Thursday’s game was stopped in the fifth inning after the ten-run mercy rule came into play.
Windsor sent 11 hitters to the plate, came through with six hits and took advantage of an error and two walks in the third inning. It made the score 8-0, and the Wizards added a pair of runs in the fifth on two wild pitches that ended it.
Laramie manager Brandon Ruckman said after the loss, that he visited with starter Albert Steiner and catcher Eli Bryant.
“He was hitting his spots, they were just hitting ‘em everywhere. They hit everything he threw, and we had to make a change.”
The Rangers three pitchers issued six total walks, hit a batter and threw five wild pitches. Steiner lasted only 2-and-1/3 innings on the mound and suffered the loss.
Windsor pitcher Ty Montgomery shut Laramie down. He tossed only 68 pitches in five frames. He struck out five and walked only one.
Ruckman added, “They got those first two strikes and made it difficult at the plate for us… Just struggled at the plate. They made some good defensive plays and couldn’t get the sticks going like we wanted to.”
Laramie (15-17) was held to five hits and left six on base. They failed to get a runner past second base.
Ruckman eluded to some changes might be in store in the line-up for their next outing.
The Rangers second game in the tournament is versus the Parker Lightning at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
KOWB will air the game at 2:15 p.m. David Settle will call the action from Pioneer Park.