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Phillies have top Majors seed for Riverton LL tournament

Jun 25, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Phillies of the Riverton Little League major division won the regular season title with a 11-5 record and will be the No. 1 seed for the postseason tournament.

The Rockies placed second at 10-5-1. The Twins were third, posting an 8-8 mark.

The Dodgers eliminated the Braves 14-12 in the play-in game Monday night at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex. The Dodgers had a 5-11 mark, while the Braves were 5-10-1 in the regular season.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Twins and the Rockies play in one of the semifinals. The Dodgers face the Phillies in the other game at the same time.

The major division is for players 11-12 years old. The minor league is for players 9-10.

"The league was very balanced, which was great to see," Riverton Little League president Jason Muehler said. "Going down to the last week of the regular season there were three teams that had a chance to get the No. 1 seed for the tournament. I thought that spoke well of how balanced the league was."

The championship games of the majors and minors are at 6 p.m. Thursday.

"I believe that it will be a wide-open tournament," Muehler said. "I'm excited to see how things play out tonight. It will depend on what team brings their best. Every team has been hitting the ball lately. If you bring your sticks, play a little small ball, things can change in a hurry."

Free dinners will be available to players and coaches on Thursday night. Fans can pay $5 for dinner.

After the title game, Riverton will announce its two all-star teams for district play.

Riverton will host the district tournament July 17-20 at the Saban Complex.

Riverton is expecting eight teams in the two different age divisions.

Minor division

"The minor division is playing really good baseball," Muehler said. "It's a little bit more spread out."

The Rangers beat the Yankees in the minor division Monday night to keep their season alive.

"They improved on hitting, throwing and pitching," Muehler said. "I think that the games are going to be exciting."

The Cubs played the Reds in one of the semifinal games on Tuesday night.

The Rangers faced the Giants in the other contest.

The Giants won the regular season minor division at 12-2.

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