It’s a championship Saturday for both Laramie Little League baseball teams in Torrington.
The Laramie Majors 10-12 year old All-Stars rallied in extra innings Friday to beat Lander 3-2 in a Wyoming state tournament semifinal elimination game to advance to the title game.
The Majors will play Gillette at 10 a.m. today and will need a win to force a second game. The Majors opened the tourney with a 3-2 win against Big Horn County on Wednesday and lost to Gillette 5-3 in Thursday’s semifinal in the winner’s bracket. Gillette is the only team to beat the Laramie Majors in the postseason, counting twice during last week’s District 2 tournament in Laramie.
The Laramie Minors 8-10 year old All-Stars had Friday off and will play Cody at 10 a.m. for the state title. A Cody win forces a second game. The Minors advanced with a 21-6 win against Rock Springs on Wednesday and a 5-3 win against Cody in Thursday’s semifinal.
Laramie Majors pitchers James Vasek and Fisher Frude combined to keep Lander’s hitters guessing throughout the game, giving up just one hit each.
Vasek pitched the first five innings and Lander scored its only two runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 2-1 lead. Vasek recorded eight strikeouts and six walks. Frude entered the game in the sixth inning and had three strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the Majors tallied 11 hits in the contest. Laramie scored a run in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2 when third baseman Brayden McKinney singled in right fielder Diego Herrera.
Laramie shortstop Max Alexander hit a single to right fielder score catcher Carson Moniz from second in the top of the seventh for the go-ahead score at 3-2.
Alexander was 3 of 5 from the plate with a double, the winning RBI and a run and first baseman Grant Vigen was 2 of 4 (both doubles) with an RBI. Six other Laramie batters recorded a single.