Jul 3, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe Riverton Regulators 12-and-under traveling baseball team took a fourth seed into Sunday play at the Casper Big Bang tournament and finished with four straight wins to take home the championship trophy.
After opening the tournament with a 12-6 loss to Casper and a 9-6 loss to Cody, Riverton rebounded and downed Scottsbluff 19-2 to finish with a 1-2 record in pool play.
The Regulators started bracket play and pounded Scottsbluff 11-1 behind four-hit pitching by Kobe Matsen. Matsen also smacked three hits, including a home run. Cody Frazier also had three hits for Riverton.
In the Regulators' second game against Gillette, Dillan Fabricus had the bump for Riverton and scattered six hits while Riverton bats pounded out 12 hits of their own on the way to a 13-2 win. Fabricus paced Riverton offensively with three hits, and Mason Lucas had three RBI for Riverton.
In the championship game, Hayden Wempen struck out 16, allowed just two hits, and had the game-winning RBI in a thrilling 1-0 Riverton win over Casper.
"We got hot and won it. We had a plan and threw our three rested pitchers Sunday," coach Scott Fabricus said.
Other members of the Regulators include Dillon Lange, Peyton Rees, Kendrick Muehler, James Hampton, Konnor Gatson, Jarren Daper and Isaac DeVries.
The Regulators are a separate organization from Riverton Little League and are affiliated with the United States Sports Specialty Sports Association. Earlier this year, the Regulators won a tournament in Scottsbluff and placed second at a tournament in Cody.
Casper's tournament was 50-70 baseball, with slightly longer base paths, a longer pitching distance, and other rule differences from Little League Baseball.
Scott Fabricus, Les Wempen and Juston Gaston coached the Regulators in Casper.