The Rangers Split in Spearfish
A trip to Spearfish, SD resulted in a 2-2 weekend for the Laramie Rangers at the 8th annual Alan Tellinghuisen Memorial Tournament.
Rangers’ manager Brandon Ruckman said, “We struggled defensively on Friday and Saturday and at the plate on Sunday. We pitched well on Sunday, though.”
Laramie (9-9) alternated losses and wins through the three days of action.
Friday was an 11-1 loss to the Douglas Cats in five innings. The Rangers committed seven errors that led to nine unearned runs. Douglas even had an eight-run third inning. Marshall Stuart took the loss on the mound. He did have one of Laramie’s three hits offensively, a triple that led to their only run in the fourth.
The Rangers won the first of two games last Saturday with a 16-2 victory over Alliance, NE in three innings. Laramie exploded for 11-runs in the first inning and added five more in the second. They took advantage of nine walks, two hit batters and five errors by Alliance. Albert Steiner started and was the winning pitcher. He also had a two-run single and scored three runs to pace the offense.
In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the host Spearfish handled the Rangers 14-6. It tied at four, when Spearfish scored ten runs over the final four frames. Laramie surrendered 11 walks, hit two batters and committed six errors. Steiner took the loss on the mound. The Rangers had seven hits on offense led by Blake Moore with two.
In their finale last Sunday, Harrison Yates and Marshall Stuart combined on a two-hit shutout in Laramie’s 3-0 victory over Sturgis, SD.
Yates struck out 11 over six innings. He allowed the two hits along with two walks. The hits came in the second and fifth. Stuart wrapped it up with a perfect seventh on seven pitches. Yates helped himself with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. An error led to Laramie’s other run in the sixth.
The Rangers were scheduled to play a twin bill at North Platte, NE Tuesday, but it was cancelled due to the field being underwater. No word on if the games will be rescheduled.