A blowout for a state title and a close, low-scoring loss was how the championship games played out for the Laramie Little League teams at the Wyoming state tournaments in Torrington.
The Laramie Minors 8-10 year old All-Stars completed an undefeated postseason for the last two weeks with a 10-1 win Saturday morning against Cody for the state title.
The Laramie Majors 10-12 year old All-Stars lost by the narrowest of margins 2-1 against Gillette at the same time. It was the fourth time the teams met during the postseason at the District 2 and state tournaments, all in favor of Gillette in close games.
The Laramie Minors limited Cody to three hits in the final game with Dax Parvin and Brock Lehning on the mound.
Parvin pitched the first four innings. He allowed two hits, one unearned run in the third inning, with eight strikeouts and three walks.
Lehning came in relief in the fifth inning and pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.
The Laramie defense in the infield and outfield backed up Parvin and Lehning with just one error in the game.
Meanwhile, Cody wasn’t as sharp on defense with 12 errors and numerous Laramie runners advanced on passed balls throughout the contest.
The Minors scattered six hits from the plate led by Parvin, who was 2 of 4 with three runs scored. First baseman Quade Gill was 1 of 4, including a double for the only extra base hit for either team, and an RBI and a run scored. A total of seven different Laramie players scored at least one run.
Laramie jumped out in front early with three runs in the first inning with the help of three errors, a wild pitch and two passed balls by Cody to go with Gill’s double.
The Minors added three runs in the third, two in the fourth and a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
The Laramie Majors and Gillette each had five hits in its championship game that featured just one error by Laramie. All 10 combined hits were for singles.
Laramie took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Gillette answered with two unearned runs in top of the next frame for the 2-1 win.
With Trace Looney catching, Sam Hoyt got the start on the rubber for the Majors. He pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up four hits and one unearned run to go with five strikeouts and four walks.
Grant Vigen pitched the final 1 2/3 inning for Laramie, allowing one hit and one unearned run with one walk.
Laramie hitters recording singles were center fielder Max Alexander, left fielder Erik Jacobson, first baseman (at the time) Vigen, right fielder Diego Herrera, and catcher Brayden McKinney, who came in for Looney late in the game.
Gillette will represent Wyoming at the Northwest Regional Aug. 4-10 in San Bernardino, Calif.