Jun 22, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Cardinals locked down a No. 1 seed for the postseason Riverton Little League major division tournament after winning the five-team regular season title with a 13-3 mark.
The 16-game regular season concluded on Thursday night. The major league division is for 11-12-year-olds.
The tournament starts Monday at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.
"We have three top-flight pitchers," Cardinals manager Mike Fisher said. "In addition, we have two very good pitchers."
The top pitchers for the Cardinals are Matt Fisher, Kyren Higgs and Hayden Wempen.
"With the limitations on innings for pitchers and catchers, I have a lot of good pitchers and a lot of good catchers," Fisher said.
James Jordan and Bryce Murdock round out the pitching staff for the Cardinals.
"We need to keep playing at the level that we have been playing at," Fisher said. "We know that we have the talent to play at a high level, but we are not that much better than the other teams. We can't afford to have a letdown."
Other players on the Cardinals are Caden Coons, Abby Florence, Wade Florence, Blake Howard, Zack McCormick, Nathaniel Pereda and Joseph Shoultz.
"The main thing is that every team has two or three good players," Cardinals manager Mike Fisher. "I have two or three really good players, but it's the middle players that make every team."
Rest of Major League
The A's finished second in the regular season at 9-7.
"The other four teams have the same talent level," Fisher said. "The Rockies have had some bad breaks this year. That is why we really can't afford to have a letdown when we are playing."
The Rockies finished 6-10 to be the No. 4 seed. The Rockies will play the Cubs (5-11) on Monday in the first game of the tournament. The Cubs finished fifth. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
"All of the teams were pretty competitive," Riverton Little League president Jason Muehler said. "At the major league level, the tournament is going to be one to watch."
The winner of the game will play at 8 p.m. Tuesday against the Cardinals.
At 5:30 p.m., the A's (No. 2 seed) will play the Yankees (No. 3 seed) in the other semifinal game. The Yankees were 7-9 in the regular season.
"From top to bottom, it just became an issue of pitching," Muehler said. "We knew that going in when we were playing the doubleheaders."
Ridge McCoy and Kobe Matsen will see time on the mound for the A's in the tournament.
"We had some issues in the middle of the season, which every team does of just focus," said Muehler, who also coaches for the A's. "We played a doubleheader on Monday night, and the kids just had a fire in their eyes. We won both of those games."
The title game is Thursday night. Game times will be determined on Tuesday night after games are complete.
The Giants won the minor league division at 10-1. There are six teams in the league.
The Royals finished second heading into the postseason tournament with a 7-4 mark. The Orioles were third in 7-5.
The Twins finished fourth at 6-6. The Diamondbacks were fifth (4-8) and the Angels came in sixth (1-11).
The Diamondbacks and the Angels play at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in a consolation game.
At 5:30 p.m on Tuesday, the Royals will battle the Orioles.
The Giants play against the Twins in the 8 p.m. game. The two winners meet in the Thursday game.
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