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Phillies, Rockies advance to Babe Ruth title game

Jun 27, 2012 - From staff and wire reports

It will be the Phillies against the Rockies in Wednesday night's Riverton Babe Ruth League championship game.

The top-seeded Phillies advanced to the championship by edging the fourth-seed Lander Cardinals 10-9. The second-seed Rockies topped the third-seed Giants 11-9 in the nightcap.

Both semifinal games were played Tuesday night in Riverton.

In the first game, Teron Doebele started on the mound for the Phillies and went four innings, coach Daryl Fullerton said. Alex Fabricus and Josia Washington came on in relief to preserve the win.

"It was ugly, but it was a good game," Fullerton said. "Shawn Hughes' slow dribbler towards third base scored Washington in the bottom of the seventh."

In the second game, the Rockies rallied to beat the Giants.

"It was really close the whole way," Giants coach Mike Axthelm said. "We actually led through the bottom of the fifth. It was always within three runs."

Devin Matsen pitched a complete game win for the Rockies.

"He was on -- I'm not kidding," Axthelm said. "He pitched very well. He saved his best game for the one that counted."

Wednesday's championship game begins at 6 p.m. at the Riverton Babe Ruth Park.

Likely pitching starters are Josh Oaks for the Rockies and Washington for the Phillies. Both teams posted identical 9-3 regular season records.

It could be the last Babe Ruth Game of the season involving local players as league officials are not certain whether Riverton will have Babe Ruth all-star teams at any age.

Some players may end up playing additional baseball with the American Legion Raiders because of low roster numbers in that program.

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