Jul 19, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Riverton 9-10-year-old Little League all-stars posted a convincing 16-2 win over Green River in the opening-round of the Wyoming Little League District 1 baseball tournament Wednesday in Cody.
There are eight teams in Cody playing for two spots for the state tournament. Games in the 9-10-year-old division are five innings long.
"I think that we did really well," Riverton manager Jeremy Martinez said. "Our pitching was a little flat. I think that we had some nerves going in on the mound. Our hitting was really good."
The victory put Riverton into the semifinals Thursday afternoon vs. Kemmerer, which beat Powell 6-5 in the opening round.
A state tournament berth is on the line in the semifinals. The winner will qualify, and loser will be knocked into a consolation game.
There could be a challenge game if the third-place team hasn't played the second-place team in the district tournament. The winner of that game would qualify for state.
Martinez is looking at starting Vincent Brown on the mound Thursday.
"I'm a little nervous because I haven't seen Kemmerer play at all," said Martinez. "If we come out and hit the ball like we did against Green River, then I think that we will be fine."
Lander pounded Rock Springs 23-6 on Wednesday to start the tournament on the winning note for Fremont County.
"We played really well," Lander manager Tracy Yates said. "We were aggressive on the baserunning. We took advantage on some mistakes that Rock Springs made."
Riverton was the No. 1 seed for the tournament after sweeping Lander last week in a series for seedings for the district tournament.
Lander played Cody in the other semifinal game Thursday night. The district title game is set for Friday afternoon in Cody.
Riverton 16, G. R. 2
Dillon Lang, Treyson Draper, Kaden Kellner, Brown, Konnor Gastan and Aquilo Friday all pitched for Riverton.
The game plan by the Riverton coaching staff was to pitch a different player every inning in the opening round. All the players went under 20 pitches, keeping all eligible to pitch the next day.
"They were all nervous," Martinez said. "That is why it was exciting to get as many in there to pitch as I could, so they could get the feel of pitching at a district tournament."
Riverton broke open the game, scoring 11 runs in the third inning.
Martinez said Cameron Schoening had big hits for Riverton in the inning. Gastan hit a two-run homer.
The runs by the Riverton offense put the game out of reach for Green River.
"They all hit really well in the inning," Martinez said. "It was very key to score 11 runs. It kept the momentum going."
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