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Giants, Reds in minors finale; fireworks to follow the games

Jun 26, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton Little League hosts a fireworks show Thursday night.

The Riverton City Council approved the show at Tuesday night's meeting.

Riverton Little League president Jason Muehler said the fireworks will start somewhere between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of East Park and Smith Road.

"The fireworks have been a tradition with the Riverton Little League," Muehler said. "Unfortunately last year, we didn't have them, with the fire ban. We are really excited to present them to the community again. Jim Landis always does a great show."

The night of baseball starts with the major and minor league championship games.

The Giants and the Reds battle each other for the minor league title at 6 p.m.

The Phillies and the Rockies square off in the major division title game.

"I really want to be able to showcase Riverton Little League and be able to show the community how many kids and families are involved in the program," Muehler said. "We love our program. We want to impact as many as kids as we can."

The league will be having a free dinner for players and coaches. Dinner will be available for everyone else for $5.

Directly following the games, the league will have a parade of all teams.

The league also will announce the 11-12 and 9-10 all-star teams.

Minor league

The Reds advanced to the championship game with a thrilling 8-6 victory over the Cubs in a minor league semifinal contest.

The Giants outlasted the Rangers 13-10.

"We were ahead early and then our kids came back," Reds manager Jim Hinkle said. "Our kids just kept on fighting hard. I was really proud of them."

In the final inning, the Reds had the bases loaded with two outs when the Cubs were clinging to a 6-4. Ty McKiernan had the game-winning hit.

"Our hitter hit to the outfield and cleared the bases," Hinkle said.

In the other game, the Giants came out strong to take the momentum away from the Rangers.

"We had a bunch of pitchers," Giants coach Martin Devries said. "We tried to keep everybody under the pitch count so that we can pitch them on Thursday night. We have four or five guys that can pitch. We have three guys who are pretty consistent."

The Giants won the regular season with a 12-2 mark. The Reds finished second posting a 11-3 record.

"Our defense has really improved all the way across the board," Devries said. "They are playing pretty solid."

Hinkle said the youngsters are ready for Thursday night.

The two teams split during the regular season.

"The Giants have some really good pitchers and good athletes," Hinkle said. "Throwing strikes is huge in the minor league. If you can throw strikes and not walk them then you will have a huge advantage."

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