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Lander 9-10s fall in two straight at state
Jul 29, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
GREEN RIVER -- Two state tournament games didn't go the way for Lander at the Wyoming 9-10-year-old Little League baseball tournament in Green River.
Laramie eliminated Lander 12-8 on Thursday from the double-elimination, four-team tournament.
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 state baseball tournament in Green River.
Lander went 0-2 to finish fourth in the 9-10-year-old division.
Lander didn't qualify for the 2011 state tournament. This is the second year Wyoming officials went with a district and final-four state format.
"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."
Gillette was a No. 2 seed for the state tournament, while Laramie is a No. 1 seed. Lander beat Cody last week in the district semifinal game to gain the top spot for the state tournament.
Cody beat Laramie in the first game of the tournament on Wednesday.
Lander's team for the state and district tournament included Connor Carey, Jaron Calkins, Eli Mazurie, Tyler Massey, Sawyer Hitshew, Dominic Yates, Jack Sweeney, Ryan Brinda, Max Mazurie and Nick Kulow.
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, 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, 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. Calkins had an RBI single. Gillette's left fielder ended the game on a diving catch to send Lander into the consolation bracket.
Manager Yates went into the game trying to keep his pitchers low on the pitch count limit. Dominic Yates and Massey both threw fewer than 20 pitches apiece.
Max Mazurie pitched the third and fourth innings. Nick Kulow ended the game on the mound.
"Max did a great job for us," coach Yates said.
Laramie 12, Lander 8
Lander had an uphill battle from the start on Thursday in the consolation game with Laramie.
Laramie was up 4-1 before Max Mazurie hit a two-run single.
Laramie scored three runs in the third inning and Dominic Yates was pulled from the mound.
Massey came in with two outs and one runner on base to keep it a four-run game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Yates was hit by a pitch. Kulow and Eli Mazurie had back-to-back walks.
Ryan Brinda recorded a two-run single and Lander closed the door to 7-5.
Eli Mazurie scored on a wild pitch and his brother Max Mazurie knotted the score at 7-7 in the third inning.
In the fourth, Laramie went back ahead with two more runs.
Yates pulled Lander to within one at 9-8 on a wild pitch in its frame in the fourth inning. Laramie scored three insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning off Sweeney.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lander put two runners on base vs. Laramie, but the home team couldn't cross home plate and was eliminated from state play.