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LL championship games scratched after fields soaked Thursday night
Jun 27, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Giants and the Braves were declared winners of their respective Riverton Little League baseball divisions on Thursday night after the title games were cancelled because of the late-afternoon rainstorm.
In the Major League, the Braves finished with a perfect mark.
The Giants ended their season undefeated in the Minors.
"When I saw the storm roll in, I started crying," Riverton Little League president Mark Reinig said. "There is a lot of hard work that was put in to make this happen. It didn't work out the way that we planned."
Reinig said the officials did talk about postponing the games.
"People were going to be gone next week, and plus we had the Babe Ruth (championship game) happening next week," Reinig said. "That was the other reason."
The annual fireworks display went off as scheduled at 10 p.m.
Braves win majors
The Braves used a deep pitching staff all year to climb into the No. 1 position.
"It was amazing," Braves manager Justin Gaston said. "It was a great season."
The Braves piled up a 13-0 mark in the regular season.
"The kids worked extremely hard," Gaston said.
The Braves were fired up to play in the showcase game vs. the Orioles.
"It was very disappointing to both teams," Gaston said. "We were going to play against a great opponent in the Orioles."
On Monday night, the Braves edged the Twins for the regular season crown.
The Orioles beat the Rockies.
The Giants steamrolled to a 12-0 mark in the Minors division.
"That was a really fun group," Giants manager Travis Draper said. "My No. 1 goal is to just have as much fun as anybody else does."
All of Draper's players saw time on the mound.
"They are a great bunch of kids," Draper said. "We had a lot of 10-year-olds that did a good job. They listened really well. It was a pleasure to coach with them."
The Tigers finished second, and the Yankees came in third.
"We wished that we were able to play the championship game," Draper said. "I always tell the kids that there are certain things that you can control and certain things you can't. For some reason, it just happened to rain."