A big conference doubleheader awaits the Laramie Rangers in Jackson as part of a two-day, four-game road trip.

Laramie (13-17) is coming off a 3-1 weekend in the Dooley Oil Classic tournament they hosted last weekend at Cowboy Field.

The Rangers shutout Rock Springs, 8-0, in their tournament opener, as Jace Moniz tossed a two-hitter last Friday morning.

Laramie followed that with a dramatic comeback win over The Revolution from Castle Rock, CO, last Friday night. The Rangers scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the 4-3 victory. They won it on Sam Hoyt’s walk-off, game-winning RBI single.

Saturday night saw an 18-1 thumping of the Jefferson Academy Jaguars. Laramie had 16 hits in the game. They scored ten runs in the first inning and never trailed. Tayton Moore had 3 hits and 4 RBIs, while Diego Herrera added 3 hits and 3 RBIs.

Last Sunday, the Rangers fell to Douglas, 4-3. Laramie had leads of 2-0 and 3-2 but couldn’t hold them. The Cats scored one run in both the fifth and sixth innings for the victory. Brandon Chavez had 3 hits to lead the offensive attack.

Now, it’s off to Jackson and Cody for games today and tomorrow.

Manager Aaron Lozano said we’ll find out what these guys are made of.

“(To) roll off the bus after five or six hours, and go play a couple of baseball games that are super important, and that’s really difficult to do. Jackson had to do it last year, so there’s no excuses being built in there, that’s the nature of the beast in the state of Wyoming. Everybody’s got to do it. Cheyenne has to go to Jackson at some point this year, coming up, I think. Those are things you’ve got to do in this state, and if you want to win, you’ve got to be able to rise to the occasion.”

The doubleheader begins at 5 p.m.

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Jackson will also host the ‘AA’ American Legion Baseball State Tournament the last week in July. Lozano said it’s a benefit to get to play there before the state tournament.

“Especially in this program, I don’t know the last time this program went to Jackson. Nobody that’s in this dugout (playing currently for Laramie) has ever been on that field, including me, and I’ve been coaching in the state of Wyoming since the late 90s. It’s going to be interesting for us to go up there and get our bearings, and see what the field has to offer to see what we’re up against.”

After the conference twin bill, Laramie is on the road at Cody for two games starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The Rangers' next home games are against Loveland, CO, on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at Cowboy Field. The doubleheader starts at 5 p.m. KOWB radio (AM 1290) will broadcast both of those games.

Statistical information used in this story is courtesy of GameChanger.

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