Ranger Baseball

By: Jackson Devine 

The Laramie Rangers Baseball team is beginning to kick off their 2021 campaign.

After five games, the Rangers hold a record of 3-2.

Laramie is coming off a couple of wins against Sterling, Colo.

The Rangers also have a win against the Cheyenne Hawks and their two losses came against Cheyenne Post 6.

Post 6 is the defending state champion. Despite the two losses, the Rangers posed stiff competition.

Post 6 won the two games by a score of 5-4 and 7-5, respectively.

Junior Billy Jenkin has been pleased with the play of the Rangers so far this season.

“I feel like the performance of our team so far has been really good this year, we are all working together really well,” Jenkin said.

Senior Garrett Dodd has also felt good about the play of the team.

“We’re doing good, I feel a lot better than last year,” Dodd said.

Dodd primarily plays anywhere in the outfield, while Jenkin spends most of his time at third base.

According to Jenkin, he has been playing well defensively but has struggled at-bat early season.

“I feel like my individual performance so far hasn’t been too good batting, but on defense, I’ve been playing really well,” Jenkin said.

Jenkin knows that he needs to improve his batting throughout the season.

“I need to work on being more consistent when up to bat and not overthinking when doing so. I will improve by putting in extra work outside of practice and asking for help from the coaching staff when needed,” Jenkin said.

Dodd also participates in track and has not been able to focus all his time on baseball.

However, Dodd still believes that he has been doing well in baseball.

“I’ve been surprised with my individual play since I haven’t been able to put everything into baseball because of track,” Dodd said.

Dodd and Jenkin both know that there are things that the team needs to improve on if they want to be a top team in the state.

“As a team, I feel like we need to work on fixing mental errors on the field and improving our base running,” Jenkin said.

“We need to work on finishing games because we have had the lead some games and we blow it because we don’t step on the gas pedal,” Dodd said.

Dodd and Jenkin have high expectations of the team for the remainder of the season.

“I expect us to be a very competitive team and let the rest do the work,” Dodd said.

“For our team this year I have very high expectations, even though we are a young team I feel like we are going to go far and have a very good chance at winning state this year,” Jenkin said.

The Rangers are set to compete in a tournament this weekend May 1-2 in Casper, Wyo.

Later this year, the state tournament will be hosted by the Rangers, in Laramie, on July 26-30.