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Traveling baseball team posts 13-1 record so far

Jun 5, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The only loss for the Riverton Renegades is a 1-0 defeat to Laramie on the road.

The mission for the Riverton Renegades, an age 14-and-under traveling baseball team, is to play as many competitive games as possible this summer.

The Renegades are fresh off winning a tournament Friday and Saturday in Buffalo.

Riverton has a mixture of 13- to 14-years-olds on the roster.

"The kids have played a lot of baseball together over the last couple of years," Riverton coach Scott Fabricus said. "They are just getting better and better. The key to baseball is playing a lot of baseball. Game situations are hard to have in practice."

The team has compiled a 13-1 overall record to start the season.

"The 13-years-old are doing fine," Fabricus said. "We played a lot of 50-70 baseball last year, with the same full baseball rules," he added, referring to games with infield measurements bigger than Little League but smaller than Babe Ruth baseball.

"It hasn't been that big of an adjustment other than the size of the field."

The team's only loss was 1-0 to Laramie on the road.

Riverton heads to Powell this weekend for a tournament. In two weeks, the Renegades play a tournament in Scottsbluff, Neb., then

play in a Casper event later this month.

Mike Fisher is the manager. Shane Lassiter and Les Wempen are the other coaches with Fabricus.

"It takes a lot of different people to put something like this together," Fabricus said.

Buffalo tournament

"They just got better each game," Fabricus said. "They hit the ball well. Our pitching is coming around. You can tell that they are starting to come together."

Riverton blanked Buffalo 8-0.

In the victory, Dillon Fabricus pitched four innings. He allowed three hits and struck out three.

Matt Fisher pitched the final scoreless inning.

At the plate, Fabricus and Ridge McCoy had two hits apiece.

Riverton pounded Newcastle 17-8.

Riverton's offense was credited with 11 hits.

McCoy paced the team with three hits. Kyren Higgs added two.

Higgs and Jaren Draper shared time on the mound in the win.

Coach Fabricus said the tournament highlight was beating Lead, S.D., twice in two days.

"Lead brought several players that were American Legion-aged kids," Fabricus said.

Riverton edged Lead 6-5 in the first game.

Brodie Roden recorded the win, going four innings on the mound. He yielded five hits and struck out three. McCoy had a team-high two hits.

In the title game of the tournament, Riverton won 6-0 over Lead.

"By then, we had more depth in our pitching," Fabricus said.

Riverton's Hayden Wempen tossed a two-hitter in six innings of work, striking out six.

"It has been pitching by committee so far this year," Fabricus said.

"We don't want to overwork anybody because we are also playing league baseball. We try to spread the pitching out among everybody."

League play

Fabricus also is the president of the Riverton Babe Ruth League this season. The league is for players ages 13-15.

There are six teams, with games all week at the Riverton Babe Ruth Field.

Teams in the league from Riverton are the Phillies, Yankees, Giants and Rockies.

There also are two Lander squads in the league.

Babe Ruthteams are playing a 12-game schedule this year.

The season ends later this month.

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