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Giants take Lander major league title
Jun 30, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Giants ran away from the Tigers 19-5 to win the Lander Baseball Association major league division title Wednesday.
There was five teams this year in the age division for 11- to 12-year-olds.
"We hit the ball really good on Wednesday night," said Giants manager Ernie Vierra.
The single-elimination postseason tournament started Monday.
The Rockies, Dodgers and the Cowboys round out the major league.
Giants 19, Tigers 5
Right-hander Derik Smith from the Giants opened on the mound and was in command early against the Tigers.
Smith had his fastball working for him and didn't allow many baserunners in the first two innings.
"Derik throws strikes," Vierra said. "We can always count on him to place the ball inside and out. He is just a smart pitcher."
The Giants did their damage on the offensive side of the plate scoring seven runs for a quick 7-2 lead after the first three innings.
Smith helped himself with a three-run triple early in the game.
"Derik is one of the better hitters on our team," Vierra said. "He is one of the better hitters in the league."
William Atnip recorded a double to knock in more runs.
"That kind of set the tone for the rest of the game," Vierra said.
Smith lasted 85 pitches and five innings in the title game. The most a Little League player can throw in one game is 85 pitches.
Dominick Susanka closed out the game on the mound in the sixth inning.
"Dominick did great," Vierra said. "He came in and shut them down to end the game."
Atnip and Zac Nerli shared the catching duties for the Giants.
"We platoon two catchers," Vierra said. "I try to keep them fresh because it gets hot back there. It's always good to have two catchers. They are always working every pitch."
Lorenzo Vierra and Dylan Cachelin were the other two top pitchers for the Giants.
"Dylan really stepped up for us," Vierra said. "Just about everybody could pitch for our team.
Vierra said it was enjoyable to watch the Giants make all kinds of progress in a couple of months on the diamond.
"We improved on our chemistry and playing together," Vierra said. "The thing is that our boys never gave up."
Vierra was picked to be the manager of the Lander 11- to 12-year-old all-star team.
His players on the roster will be Lorenzo Vierra, Smith, Atnip, Bridger Kimber, Derick Green, Devon Kuck, Conrad Swenson, Noah Gans, Brady Carey, Spencer Smithbaker and Jacob Lytle.
Vierra will be assisted by John Gans and Preston Smith.
The postseason starts in a best-of-three game series with Riverton.
Riverton will host Lander on Monday, July 9, in a doubleheader at Ron Saban Baseball Complex. Lander will also have a 9- to 10-year-old all-star team.
The two teams will play Tuesday, July 10, in Lander, and the third game will be Thursday, July 12, in Lander. The winners of the series will be a No. 1 seed for the district tournament. The district tournament is July 18 to July 20 in Cody. The top two teams advance to the state tournament.