It was a semifinal split for the Laramie Little League teams Thursday at the state tournaments in Torrington.
The Laramie Minors 8-10 year old team stayed undefeated in the postseason, but played its closest game yet in a 5-3 comeback win against Cody to advance to Saturday’s championship game.
It was a pitcher’s duel throughout as Laramie was kept hitless by three Cody pitchers and Cody was limited to one hit. But a combined eight errors – three for Laramie and five for Cody – and free passes contributed to the runs.
Cody took a 3-1 lead after the first inning. Laramie then rallied for two runs in the third inning to tie the game at 3-3. The Minors scored the go-ahead run in the fourth when Jaymes Bailey reached on a walk, advanced on two straight passed balls and scored on a wild pitch.
Laramie added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Porter Stender reached and came around to score on Cody errors.
Dax Parvin started on the mound for Laramie and pitched the first 1 2/3 innings, allowing no hits, three runs (none earned) with three strikeouts and two walks.
Brock Lehning finished the game going 4 1/3 innings, allowing 1 hit with two strikeouts.
The Minors’ opponent on Saturday will be today’s winner between Cody and Rock Springs.
The Laramie 10-12 Majors outhit Gillette 8-6, but came up short in a 5-3 loss. Gillette also won close games against Laramie (5-2 and 4-1) last week during the District 2 tournament in Laramie.
The Majors took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Gillette bounced back with a four-run bottom of the third and a run in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
Brayden McKinney pitched the first two innings for Laramie, allowing one hit, three runs (all earned) with four strikeouts and four walks. Carson Moniz pitched the next three innings, allowing five hits, two runs (one earned) with two strikeouts.
McKinney was also 2 of 2 from the plate and notched Laramie’s lone RBI. Six other Laramie batters connected on singles.
The Majors will play a semifinal elimination game at 10 a.m. today against Lander.