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Season ends for Riverton 14-year-old champs
Aug 4, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Riverton team did hand regional semifinalst North Washington its only loss.
Riverton finished a remarkable summer with a 1-3 record at the Pacific Northwest Regional Babe Ruth baseball 14-year-old tournament in Whitefish and Columbia Falls, Mont.
Idaho beat Riverton, the Wyoming state champion, 13-5 in the final game of pool play on Friday night.
At regionals, Riverton edged North Washington 2-1 in eight innings on Thursday for its only --victory.
Riverton lost to Southern Oregon 15-2 and Montana 11-0.
North Washington and Montana were the top two teams in Riverton's division to make the semifinal round.
Members of the Riverton team this summer were Dalton Baldes, Isaac DeVries, Ridge McCoy, Dillon Fabricus, Brodie Roden, Jaren Draper, Matt Fisher, Kyren Higgs, Cody Frazier, Dalton Lassiter and Payton Rees.
"It was a great experience for a lot of reasons," Riverton manager Mike Fisher said. "These guys needed to see some different teams. They also needed to get out there and see how they match up other teams that were state champions from other states."
Les Wempen and Shane Lassiter were the assistant coaches.
"We didn't have the results that we wanted, but we are still pretty happy about winning a game," Fisher said.
The Riverton team started practicing for the season back in February.
Riverton's traveling team (the Renegades) and the all-star team finished with a combined 36-6-1mark.
"They put a lot of effort into it," Fisher said.
North Washington 1
"We played a pretty flawless game, and that is the way we have been playing most of the year," Fisher said.
Baldes and McCoy combined on an eight-inning one-hitter vs North Washington.
"The only run scored by the other team was an unearned run," Fisher said.
Baldes pitched six-plus innings, and McCoy finished things up.
"Dalton did a great job for us," Fisher said. "It was better than we could have hoped for."
Riverton's Matt Fisher scored on a bases-loaded walk to McCoy.
In the top of the eighth, Riverton scored the winning run when Higgs and McCoy had back-to-back doubles.
In the bottom of the eighth, McCoy recorded the last out when he picked off North Washington's runner at first base.
"They were very excited about the win," manager Fisher said. "It was very well played by both teams."
The Riverton game was North Washington's only loss in pool play. The team still advanced to the semifinals with a 3-1 record.
"We came out pretty flat," Fisher said.
Hayden Wempen took the loss for Riverton on the mound.
"Hayden had a great year for us, but he just wasn't his normal self," Fisher said. "Our fielding was not very good either. It was a combination of a lot of things."
Riverton's offense picked up against Idaho.
"It was a pretty good team effort on scoring the runs," Fisher said.
One of the highlights came from McCoy when he stole home to cut the lead to 8-4.
"Their pitcher was going out of the windup," Fisher said.
Idaho quickly scored five runs to knock out Riverton's momentum.