Jul 14, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton celebrated two victories Saturday in Lander to start the district Little League baseball tournament.
In the 11- and 12-year-old all-star division, Riverton defeated Green River 13-5.
Riverton now continues the tournament against Rock Springs on Wednesday in Bridger Valley.
Riverton held off Lander 21-10 in the 9-and-10-year-old age division. Riverton now faces Green River on Wednesday afternoon, also in Bridger Valley.
The top two teams in both age divisions qualify for the state tournament.
The championship games are slated for Saturday afternoon.
Riverton 13, Green River 6
"I thought that we played really well against Green River," Riverton manager Justin Gaston said. "The kids hit the ball, and that's what we have to do. We need to get on base and play good defense. I thought that we did that."
Things started out shaky for Riverton as Green River quickly loaded the bases and scored three runs off starter Dillon Lange.
Gaston called a meeting on the mound to stop the early momentum.
"They were a little uptight to start the game," Gaston said. "Dillon was kind of off on his landing spot. I was just wanted to settle them down."
Lange didn't allow any more runs in the first inning, and Riverton answered quickly.
"They were ready to hit the ball, and they showed it when they were up to bat," Gaston said.
Riverton crossed home plate three times in the bottom of the first.
Riverton extended the lead to 7-3. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Riverton scored five runs with two outs to secure the win.
"That was a big part of the game," Gaston said.
Lange, Jereko Martinez and Ridge Briggs all saw time on the mound.
Martinez recorded eight strikeouts in the win.
"Jereko stepped in and threw strikes," Gaston said. "We adjusted to what the umpire was calling. Briggs pitched excellent to close the game out."
Riverton 21, Lander 10
In the late game on Saturday, Riverton's younger all-stars was all over Lander in the first three innings.
Riverton was up 4-0 in the first inning, forcing Lander to make an early pitching change.
Riverton continued to dominate Lander taking control at 11-1 in the third inning.
Lander pulled to within 11-10, but in the last two innings Riverton pulled away again.
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