Jun 21, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorJordan Mills was in the zone all game long Monday night.
The Riverton 15-year-old recorded 13 strikeouts in a 14-5 win vs. the Lander Dodgers in a Babe Ruth baseball game played in Lander.
At the plate, Mills had an inside-the-park-home run, two doubles and a single. Mills threw close to 100 pitches in the seven-inning game.
"His confidence has been increasing as the season has gone along," Riverton Angels manager Mike Broadbent said. "He is getting some more innings. He is getting comfortable with his motion. He is working on off-speed pitching by changing his hand on the ball itself."
Broadbent the Lander batters were a couple of steps behind MIlls's fastball.
"He just overpowered the batters by throwing it past people," Broadbent said.
Mills has been a starting pitcher all season long for the Angels, who have a number of 13-year-olds on their roster.
The Riverton Babe Ruth League is for 13-to-15-year-old players.
"That was the best game of the season by far," Broadbent said.
Broadbent said Mills got stronger as the game went along on Monday night.
"He came in the fourth inning and said he is getting loose now," Broadbent said. "It just took some time to get involved in the game."
The Angels started the final week of the regular season with a 2-8 record.
"During the season, I have seen Jordan mature as a leader on the team and really step up and try to include the 13-year-olds as teammates and members as the team," Broadbent said.
Broadbent said Mills has became a leader for his younger teammates.
"Jordan has been working really hard to keep everybody together," Broadbent said. "The team is coming together around him."
As of June 15, the Rockies were first at 8-2 in the Riverton Babe Ruth League.
The Phillies stand in second at 7-3. The Giants (5-4), Cardinals (3-5), Dodgers (3-6) and the Angles (2-8) round out the league.
The Cardinals and the Dodgers are from Lander.
"The pitching in the league has been a mixed bag," Broadbent said. "We have gone up against some really tough pitchers and some kids that are learning to pitch."
The league will finish its regular season games on Friday.
The postseason tournament will start on Monday.
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