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Happy Fathers Day: Riverton baseball team wins Nebraska tour
Jun 21, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Riverton Regulators pounded the baseball all tournament long on their to winning the Under-12 Father's Day Classic title Sunday in Scottsbluff, Neb.
The Regulators are a traveling baseball team assembled for the summer from players in Riverton Little League.
Riverton capped off the three-day tournament with a 16-0 win against Gillette in the title game.
Riverton advanced to the game eliminating Scottsbluff 11-6 in the semifinals.
In pool play, the Regulators lost 11-7 to Gillette. Riverton beat Scottsbluff 9-6 and Douglas 13-1.
"We did pretty well," Riverton manager Scott Fabricus said. "It was the first time that any of these kids played 50-70 baseball."
In 50-70 baseball, pitcher's mound is 50 feet from the home plate, the bases are 70 feet apart. Riverton Little League rules call for a pitcher's mound 46 feet from the home plate and bases that are 60 feet apart.
"The tournament then had full Babe Ruth rules," Fabricus said. "The biggest thing is that they had to get used to was leading off. The pitchers had to work out of stretch and hold runners on.
"We had been practicing it. It's a little more advanced baseball."
Cody Frazier, James Hampton, Dillon Fabricus, Hayden Wempen, Kobe Matsen, Kendrick Muehler, Connor Gaston, Peyton Rees, Dillan Lange, Mason Lucas, Jaren Draper and Isaac Devries made up the Riverton roster.
"Some of the kids wanted to play more baseball this summer," coach Fabricus said.
Fabricus was assisted by Justin Gaston and Les Wempen. Riverton will be in a tournament this weekend in Cody. In two weeks, the Regulators play in a big tourney in Casper.
Wempen was on the mound in the championship game for Riverton.
"It was close for a while," Fabricus said. "We got things going. Gillette struggled a little bit on defense."
Dillon Fabricus also pitched Sunday for the Riverton squad.
"The big story was our offense," coach Fabricus said. "During the course of the tournament our bats were very good. We had several home runs. We were very strong offensively."
Wempen led the way with two home runs. Matsen, Draper, Dillon Fabricus and Frazier all had one home run apiece.
Frazier paced Riverton with a .769 batting average. He had 10 hits and eight RBIs. Lucas was second on the team at .750. He collected nine hits in the tournament.
"We had a lot of base hits," coach Fabricus said.
Riverton had a number of pitchers in pool play games.
"We pitched everybody a little bit," Fabricus said. "Hayden and Dillon were our workhorses on Sunday. In pool play, we split up our pitching by committee."