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Lander 9-10s downed by Gillette in first round

Jul 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

GREEN RIVER -- Gillette scored seven runs in the second inning and four more in the fifth to post an 11-6 win Wednesday night in the first-round of the 9-10-year-old Wyoming Little League state baseball tournament in Green River.

Lander played Laramie in the consolation bracket Thursday in the second day of the double-elimination tournament.

Cody knocked off Laramie 11-3 in the other game Wednesday. Laramie came into the state tournament as the defending champion.

"We had a few too many errors against Gillette," Lander manager Tracy Yates said. "With the errors, the 9-10-year-olds kind of get down on themselves. You have to battle back and get your head back into the game."

A consolation game will be played Friday afternoon. The winner will move to the championship game at 9 a.m. Saturday.

"Gillette is a good team," Yates said. "They are a hitting team."

Gillette was a No. 2 seed for the state tournament, while Laramie was a No. 1 seed. Lander beat Cody last week in the district semifinal game to gain the top spot for the state tournament.

Gillette 11, Lander 6

The seven-run outburst by Gillette was the turning point in the game. Lander held Gillette scoreless in the first frame, but couldn't keep it up.

"We were playing well in the first inning," Yates said.

Lander didn't go down easy after the big inning from Gillette. In the third, Tyler Massey doubled and Dominic Yates had an RBI single. Connor Carey was hit by a pitch. Eli Mazurie hit a two-run single to close the score to 7-3. In the fourth inning, Ryan Brinda started with a single and later scored on a wild pitch.

Gillette pushed the lead to 11-4 after four innings.

In the top of the fifth, Carey singled and scored on a wild pitch. Jaren Calkins had an RBI single. Gillette's left fielder ended the game on a diving catch to send Lander into the consolation bracket.

Yates went into the trying to keep his pitchers low on the pitch count limit. Dominic Yates and Massey both threw fewer than 20 pitches apiece. The two are now allowed to pitch in the game Thursday.

Max Mazurie pitched the third and fourth innings. Nick Kulow ended the game on the mound.

"Max did a great job for us," Yates said

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