Jul 11, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton entered the top of the fifth inning down 3-1, but the 9-10-year-old baseball all-stars scored eight times before Lander could retire the side.
Riverton kept Lander scoreless in the bottom of the fifth for a 9-3 victory on Tuesday night in Lander.
The win gave Riverton a sweep of the best-of-three series and locked up a No. 1 seed for the Little League district tournament in Cody next week.
The games in the 9-10-year-old division are five innings in the postseason.
"I was really proud of the way they came back," Riverton manager Jeremy Martinez said. "The biggest thing that I teach my boys is that they never give up. We fight until the end, until they tell us to stop."
Lander will now be a No. 2 seed for the tournament.
"We played very good for four and a half innings," Lander manager Tracy Yates said. "We made very little mistakes. It was a lot like on Monday. We had a bad inning. We had a couple of mental errors. We are playing good fundamental baseball. We just have to play good fundamental baseball for all of the innings."
Riverton edged Lander 4-3 on Monday to open the series at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex in Riverton.
The district tournament starts Wednesday, July 18. The top two teams from the district tournament advance to the state tournament.
Riverton 9, Lander 3
Lander scored two early runs off Riverton starter Kaden Kellner to take a 2-1 advantage. Lander added one more run in the bottom of the second inning after Ryan Brenda singled off Vincent Brown and scored on a Riverton error.
Ridge Briggs made a diving catch in center field to keep it a two-run game.
In the top of the fifth, Jereko Martinez walked to open the inning.
Martinez was the final batter for Lander pitcher Tyler Massey. Massey went the maximum 75 pitches allowed in the 9-10-year-old division.
"Massey is a really good pitcher," manager Martinez said. "I was impressed with his pitching performance. He had some of the better pitching that we have seen in our travels. He is right up there with some of the Cody pitchers."
Yates felt Massey did all he could to force a third game vs. Riverton.
"Tyler can either be on or off," Yates said. "He was really on against Riverton. He fought through some tough times.
Yates brought in Max Mazurie to try close the game out for the home team.
"We had to pitch a pitcher with a sore arm," said Yates about Mazurie. "We hadn't been pitching him. He was just throwing some high strikes."
Damon DeVries hit an RBI double for Riverton to cut the lead to 3-2.
"Damon got the tempo and the momentum going for us," Martinez said.
Brown belted a two-run home run for a 4-3 advantage. Briggs delivered an RBI single, and Martinez hit a two-run double for a 7-3 cushion.
Briggs scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the game.
Brown finished the game in the bottom of the fifth with two strikeouts and flyout.
"Vincent was due to pitch a game," coach Martinez said. "I was really excited to see where he was going to go. I knew that he was a good pitcher. I was glad that I had a chance to put him the rotation."
Brown came on the mound after the first inning.
"Kaden was struggling," Martinez said. "Not everybody can have a perfect day. It was the right move. We needed strikes. We can't give free bases." Martinez could tell at the start of the second inning that Brown was going to be effective on the mound.
"Vincent was focused when he came in," Martinez said.
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