It had been nine days since the Douglas Cats played a game.
After playing multiple games each week for the better part of the season, there was a nine day break for the Cats to recoup for the second half.
It wasn’t a scheduled break, as the team was supposed to play on June 11, but the game was canceled because of weather.
“We tried to just practice and go through situations,” Head coach Zack Andrews said. “We didn’t pitch them a whole lot because we couldn’t get on the mounds with them wet. Maybe it was a good thing.”
They had a pair of home games June 18 before embarking on a weekend tournament in Sturgis, South Dakota. In all, Douglas picked up four wins in five games.
The home doubleheader was against the Torrington Tigers, and the Cats were able to take both wins. In the first game, which Douglas won 10-3, the team went with Andres Robles on the mound.
Robles was dominant from the start, stymieing the opposing batters with his curveball. Offensively, it all started with leadoff hitter Michael Bobrowski.
The shortstop got on base in all four of his at-bats with a single, double, triple and walk. He also scored four runs in the opening game. After Bobrowski was able to get around and score in the first inning, first baseman Ransom Ollie stepped up to the plate.
With one runner on, Ollie took the pitcher’s offering and served it well over the left field fence for his second home run of the year. Ollie is tied with Brad Brooks for the team lead in home runs.
In all, eight Cats reached base and seven different players came around to score. Robles threw a complete game on 99 pitches to pick up the win. In the second game of the day, the Cats lost a little offense, but made it back on the mound.
They won 7-1 off five shutout innings from Carson Selk and two one-run innings from Bobrowski. The win was Selk’s second of the year, but it came in his first start.
His other eight previous appearances came in relief. For the second time that day, a Cat was able to launch a home run — this time it was Sam Renner hitting his first of the season.
The team’s offense ran through their big three in the day’s finale with Robles getting three hits, Bobrowski getting two hits while driving in two runs and Ollie knocking in two runs on one hit.
By the time their doubleheader sweep was just a memory for the team, they were loading onto the team bus for the Sturgis Tournament. Despite crossing state lines, the only team they faced outside of Wyoming was host team Sturgis.
The tournament’s opener was also the only game the Cats lost this week, taking an 11-1 beating from Sturgis. Renner was on the mound for the game, allowing seven runs and getting just two outs in the first inning before being pulled and replaced with Selk.
“I just didn’t get him a mid-week start where he could get a feel for it or a midweek bullpen. His arm was a little tired, so double whammy on my part as a coach,” Andrews said.
The only run of the game for Douglas was when Bobrowski scored on an RBI ground out from Robles. In baseball, there’s nothing as important as a short memory.
When the Cats took the field on June 22, it was as if the previous day’s debacle never happened. Douglas eked out their first tournament win 10-8 against Newcastle.
“Newcastle is an okay team but we probably should’ve beat them by 7 to 10 runs,” Andrews said.
Out of the team’s nine hits, there were six doubles. Only third baseman Jacob Russell got multiple hits in the game, hitting a double and single. The team also stole nine total bases with two apiece from Ollie and Robles.
On the mound to start the day was Jordan Bobrowski. He pitched five innings, gave up two runs and struck out four batters on 108 pitches. He was relieved by Selk before Michael Bobrowski came in to collect the save.
The tournament ended for the Cats with an 8 a.m. starting time against the Lander Lobos.
Andrews went with Cy Deluna on the mound and he delivered, leading the Cats to a 7-2 victory. Andrews went on to call Deluna his, “Sunday starter.”
It was only his third outing of the season, but Deluna gave up only one run while striking out six on 66 pitches. It was Renner who came up clutch again for Douglas against the Lobos.
Renner hit two doubles and drove in four of the team’s runs and crossing the plate one time himself. The Cats are now sitting at 10-13 on the season looking ahead to another extended road trip. They will take on Cheyenne June 26.
“Cheyenne’s probably the top team in our conference between us and them we’ll figure out who’s the top team this weekend,” Andrews said.
Their next home game will be on July 3 against Laramie. After that it’ll be another nine day break between home games before the Bollin Wood Bat Tournament.