Generals drop home openers to Douglas
By Thorn Compton
RAWLINS — On a windy night with the threat of storms surrounding the ballpark, the Rawlins Generals hosted their first two home games of the season Tuesday night.
While the rain never really fell on the field, a storm of runs hit the Generals when the Douglas Cats beat them in both ends of the double-header, losing the first game 15-1 and the second game 16-2.
Generals head coach Tom Weed said his team was not in the correct mindset to compete on Tuesday night.
“When you hang your head you’re not going to win. Period,” Weed said as rain started to fall after the losses Tuesday. “When you hang your head and don’t play as a family, you’re not going to win. When you put yourself above everyone out there, you’re not going to win. That’s the bottom line.”
One positive to takeaway from the game was that offensively, the Generals weren’t completely stifled. Multiple times during both games they were able to get runners in scoring position, but the situational hitting didn’t show up well for Rawlins.
“We can hit with anyone,” Weed said of his team. “Our pitching wasn’t there tonight, and we had eight errors in one inning that killed us. We can overcome that though, we did last time up in Riverton; we just have to play harder.”
Pitching was definitely an issue on the night, especially in the second game, considering Weed switched pitchers in the middle of the first inning. Nate Williams started the second game for Rawlins, and actually ended up finishing the game as well in an odd turn of events.
Trysten Rathbun and Damon Warner both saw time on the mound as well before Williams came back in the fifth inning to close things out. Between the three of them, they walked 11 batters and gave up 10 hits.
The Generals now have a bit of a break to attempt right the ship before traveling to Riverton Sunday to take on the Raiders in another double-header.
Weed said at 1-3 on the season, his team has a chance to get back to .500, but only if they recover mentally after Tuesday’s losses.
“If we play like we did last time we played Riverton we will be fine,” Weed said of his team moving forward. “But we’ve got to have our heads straight.”
Originally Rawlins was scheduled to head to Laramie for a three-day round robin tournament starting yesterday, but that has been rescheduled to later in the season.