Rangers Keep Rolling With Win Over Rock Springs
Baden Jordan and Michael Schutterle both had two hits and two RBI’s that led Laramie past Rock Springs 11-3 Friday night in the Dooley Oil Classic.
The Rangers won their sixth straight and improved to 15-16 on the season. The game ended early thanks to a tournament eight-run mercy rule in the fifth inning.
Laramie manager Brandon Ruckman said the kids did a great job.
“Ramon (Gomez) did what we asked him to. We talked about it earlier (in the radio pre-game visit), pounded the zone, let them put the ball in play. I thought the defense worked well behind him. A lot of hustle plays today, backing up, and that’s what it’s going to take.”
Gomez started and was the winning pitcher. He was perfect through three innings of work. Gomez allowed a lead-off triple in the fourth. After a strikeout, he gave up an RBI-single for Rock Springs’ first run of the game. Gomez went three and one-third innings. He was pulled because of pitch count, which would make him able to pitch again on Sunday. Gomez allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts.
Laramie got out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. Will Yates had an RBI-double in the first inning. That was followed by Jordan’s two-run single in the second.
The Rangers kept it going with three more in the third. Reid Baty had an RBI-double. Then Schutterle came through with a two-run single for a 6-0 lead.
Rock Springs answered in the fourth with three runs. After that triple and RBI-single, they took advantage of Laramie’s one error in the game for two more runs.
The Rangers came right back and plated five runs in the fourth. They capitalized on two Rock Springs errors, plus Caleb Eaton and David Coulthard had RBI-singles.
Ruckman said from an offensive standpoint, “We didn’t really get on them fast, but we were steady throughout the game and took advantage of that last (fourth) inning to get after it.”
Laramie is 2-0 in pool play with one more game left Saturday versus the Cody Cubs, who are 27-3 this season.
Ruckman knows that will be a big challenge in their effort to reach the Dooley Oil Classic championship game Sunday.
“They have a good squad. Their record shows it, 27-3. They have the pitching. I’m sure they saved their ace for us and that’s good because we saved our ace for them. It’s gonna be a fight. Our kids just need to come ready tomorrow. This is a true test. We haven’t had one in a while… Cody’s a great team, a double-A caliber team, top in the single-A. They’ve got some good kids and a lot of seniors, a lot of older kids. It wouldn’t surprise me if we saw one of the Brown brothers pitching.”
The game is at 7 p.m. KOWB will once again provide live coverage starting at 6:45 p.m. David Settle will call the game from Cowboy Field.