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Athletics, Orioles claim Riverton Little League titles
Jun 29, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Dalton Baldez blocked out the pressure on a triple and scored on a wild pitch to put the A's ahead 11-10 in the top of the seventh inning in the Riverton Little League major division title game.
The A's scored another run on a mistake from the Cardinals to hold on for a 12-11 victory for the championship Thursday at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.
The smoky game was scheduled for six innings and forced to go an inning longer when the teams were deadlocked at 10-10.
The Cardinals were 3-1 in the regular season against the A's.
"I think that we played with confidence and as a team," A's manager Jeremy Martinez said. "I think that it got pretty intense at the end." The A's entered the single-elimination tournament as the No. 2 seed.
"The game was a lot higher than I thought," Martinez said. "It was a great way to end the season."
The Cardinals were the No. 1 seed after winning the regular season title.
"If we wouldn't have made a few mistakes then we would have won the game," said Cardinals manager Mike Fisher.
"Things just didn't go our way. In a single-game series that is what is going to happen every once in awhile."
Martinez was assisted by Jason Muehler and David Kellner.
In the minor league title game, the Orioles beat the Giants, 6-4.
"Our kids had a really good attitude," said Orioles manager Jim Hinkle. "They came in and were excited to win the championship. We knew that we were up against a really tough Giants team."
A's 12, Cardinals 11
In the top of the third inning, the Cardinals were up 2-1 and the momentum changed for the A's after crossing home plate six times for a 7-2 cushion.
Chase Garcia produced the first run of the inning on an RBI bunt single down the first base line. Isaac DeVries had an RBI single. Ridge McCoy crushed a three-run triple, and Dalton Baldes added a RBI double.
In the bottom of the third inning, Kyren Higgs connected for a two-run single.
McCoy was pulled from the mound with two outs in the inning for Javon Brown.
Hayden Wempen drew a bases loaded walk, and Higgs scored on an error by the A's to pull within 7-6.
Garcia reached on base on a triple and DeVries scored another run on a bunt to make the scoreboard read 8-6. McCoy knocked in two runs on a error from the Cardinals for a 10-6 advantage.
In the top of the fifth, Matt Fisher replaced Higgs on the mound with one out. Higgs had to leave after the right-hander reached the 85-pitch count limit.
The Cardinals closed the score to 10-9 on a Fisher RBI single, and Jordan James hit a run home on a ground out.
James scored on a wild pitch to tie it at 10-10.
The Cardinals started off the bottom of the seventh down 12-10 with a double from Higgs. Fisher made the first out on a flyout to center. Higgs was thrown out at third for the second out for the double play.
Wempen doubled and crossed home plate on an RBI single. Brown ended the game on a ground out for the win.
Orioles 6, Giants 4
The Giants swept the Orioles 3-1 and 3-0 in the regular season.
The Orioles made sure that wouldn't happen again Thursday.
The Orioles jumped on the Giants 2-0 in the first inning.
"We were just fortunate to be able to hold on in the long run," Hinkle said. "We got some close calls and some good pitching."
The Orioles had a double play at the end of the game for the two-run victory.
Dillon Lange started on the mound for the Orioles. Lange went 75 pitches and was forced to leave the game.
"Dillon threw a lot of good innings," Hinkle said.
Brock Hinkle closed the game out for the Orioles.
"Brock did a good job, once his nerves settled down a little bit," Hinkle said. "He got a little bit angry and started to throw the ball hard. He threw some nice strikes."
Hinkle said the Orioles improved on their hitting the most to lift them to the top position.
"The Giants had a great regular season," Hinkle said. "It was a great championship game."