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Umpires yell ‘play ball’ as Riverton Little League season starts
Hayden Wempen, 11, center, was congratulated by his Little League Cardinal teammates at the Ron Saban Memorial Baseball Complex after hitting a home run. The Riverton Little League season opened Monday. Photo by Jamie Drendel

Riverton Little League season starts

May 8, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Cardinals and the A's opened the Riverton Little League season in the victory column on Monday night to begin the 16-game baseball season at Ron Saban Complex.

The A's took care of the Yankees 20-4, while the Cardinals beat the Cubs 11-4. The teams played in the Major League Division for players 11-12 years old.

"We are excited and relieved to get the season started," Riverton Little League president Jason Muehler said. "We were relieved because of just how hard the board has worked and especially how hard Amber Hinkle (player agent) has worked. It was great to hear the umpires say play ball."

The Rockies round out the five-team league.

"I think that the major league is going to be a balanced league," Muehler said.

Muehler and Jeremy Martinez are on the coaching staff of the A's.

Mike Fisher and Cory Higgs manage the Cardinals. Jeremy Saltsgaver and Jamie Frazier guide the Cubs.

"We have a lot of great coaches that are aware of how important it's to keep the arms healthy," Muehler said.

Shane Lassiter and Travis Draper coach the Rockies. Scott Fabricus and Ryan Wilcox have signed to coach the Yankees.

"I would like to see the number of teams increase,"Muehler said. "For right now, five is a decent number."

The Yankees and the Rockies play on Wednesday. The Cubs and the Athletics tangle in the other game. Both games start at 6 p.m.

"We will be starting doubleheaders in June," Muehler said.

Opening night

Ridge McCoy of the A's belted a three-run homer over the fence early in the game vs. the Yankees to set the tempo in the season opener.

The A's scored five in the fourth and seven more in the fifth for the 16-run victory.

Dalton Baldes, Jevon Brown, and Chase Garcia all pitched for the A's.

In the seven-run win, Matt Fisher went the distance throwing six innings.

Fisher had 12 strikeouts and gave up five hits. The Cardinals were up 6-2 after two innings.

"My pitcher took control and kept the game under control," Cardinals coach Mike Fisher said. "Matt had good control. He had a lot of strikes. He stayed ahead of the hitters."

Hayden Wempen hit a solo shot over the fence late in the game for the Cardinals.

"We have been waiting for Hayden to break out in practice, and he did it in the game," Fisher said.

Minor leagues

The Angels, Diamondbacks, Giants, Orioles, Royals and Twins are in the Minor League. The league is for 9-10-year-olds.

The coaching staff for the Angels is Jake Olheiser and TJ Vaughn. Draper and Martin DeVries coach the Diamondbacks staff.

The coaches for the Giants are Jeremy Martinez and David Kellner. Jim Hinkle and Nick McKiernan coach the Orioles.

Selmer Murfitt and Randy Perry are with the Royals. Muehler and Scott Schoening guide the Twins.

The league opens on Tuesday night with the Angles vs. the Twins, and the Orioles vs. the Royals. Both games go at 6 at Ron Saban Complex.

Rosters for the Riverton Major Little League division

A's --- Dalton Baldes, Dino Baldes, Jevon Brown, Cole Cash, EJ Devoss, Isaac Devries, Ricky Forget, Chase Garcia, Devon Harper, Kobe Matsen, Ridge McCoy.

Cardinals -- Caden Coons, Matt Fisher, Abby Florence, Wade Florence, Kyren Higgs, Blake Howard, James Jordan, Zack McCormick, Bryce Murdock, Nathaniel Pereda, Joseph Shoultz, Hayden Wempen.

Cubs -- Kaleb Clayson, Brock Crippen, Cody Frazier, Peyton Graham, Jayce Leach, Tristan Lewton, Alex Phifer, Peyton Rees, Brodie Roden, Karson Skalsky, Brennan Tyler.

Rockies -- Brandon Baldez, Tristan Boysen, Jaren Draper, James Hampton, Laiton Ivie, Jarrett Jackson, Dalton Lassiter, Mason Lucas, Simon Lutz, Adrian Rumery-Rico, James Stransky.

Yankees -- Augustine D'Andre, Michael Bessler, Hunter Bradshaw, Jordan Cabada, Dillon Fabricus, Ben Hoopengarner, Kadden Lopez, Orlando Morales, Jacob Nuss, Beau Saindon, Kage Vogel, Cameron Wilcox.

Minor League rosters

Angels -- Brodie Bates, Kaiden Burnett, Preston Condie, Teagan Curl, Nikiyla Dodge, Michael Hines, Andrew Messer, Matt O'Halloran, Jared Olheiser, Chad Stewart, and Ethan Vaughn.

Diamondbacks -- Jace Anderson, Vincent Brown, Matthew Brownlee, Damon DeVries, Treyson Draper, Eli Gard, Trayton Hyatt, Makayla Hyatt, Dalton Leach, Morgan McKee, Brice Nimmo.

Giants -- Ridge Briggs, Wesley Briggs, Aquilo Friday, Kennedy Higgs, Kaden Kellner, Braeden Lucas, Jericho Martinez, Cole O'Neal, Chance Sanderson, Robert Schiff, Alex Williams, Chayse Wilson.

Orioles -- Camryn Caines, Cobey Cunningham, Brock Hinkle, Rylan Koehn, Dillon Lange, Tyler McKiernan, Ty Nordwick, Blake Rumery-Rico, Erik Saunders, Hart Siebeck, Trevon Stevens, Parker Trabing.

Royals -- Wade Cornell, Kadon DeWitt, Caden Farrar, Kalin Harris, Ricky Hoffman, Michael Milhouse, Kameron Murfitt, Kaden Murphy, Taylor Murphy, Tryston Truempler.

Twins -- Tyler Emerson, Braxton Fehring, Kade Gantenbein, Calahan Healy, Iain Magruder, Kendrick Muehler, Cesar Munda, Cam Nelson, Sheridan Powell, Cameron Schoening, Skyler Soule, Benjamin Weaver.

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