It was a tough doubleheader on the road Friday for the Laramie Rangers American Legion baseball team.
The Rangers lost both games when North Platte, Nebraska, rallied for a pair of seven-inning walk-off wins for the sweep.
Laramie (13-24) lost the first game 5-4 after leading 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning before North Platte tied the contest with three runs in the bottom of the frame.
The Rangers rallied from an early 4-0 deficit in the second game for a 6-4 in the top of the fourth inning with two runs in the third and four in the fourth. North Platte then outscored Laramie 5-1 the rest of the way, including two runs for the win in the bottom of the seventh.
Reston Morehouse had an efficient pitching start in the first contest, going five innings and giving up four hits and one earned run with eight strikeouts and two walks. Ben Ruckman came in relief in the sixth inning and North Platte put together three hits and three earned runs with one strikeout and one walk. Caleb Eaton took the tough loss when he walked two and had a strikeout until North Platte scored the winning run.
North Platte had seven hits and Laramie had five – all singles for both teams. Schutterle was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
All of Laramie’s nine hits in the second game were singles. North Platte’s Gus Kreber and Sam Malsbury each had a double included in its six hits. Kreber had 3 RBIs and a run and Malsbury had three runs and an RBI.
Laramie’s Aidan Morris was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Alex Flores was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Eaton was 2-for-4 with a run.
Tyler Oppie started for Laramie and lasted 3 1/3 innings with five hits and five runs (three earned) with six strikeouts and a walk. Darek Squires pitched the next 2 2/3 innings without allowing a hit, but was credited with two earned runs with four strikeouts and five walks. Schutterle took the late loss in the seventh allowing a hit, two runs (one earned) with a strikeout and a walk.
The Rangers will next play six games in five days starting Tuesday at the CABA World Series in Cheyenne.