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Babe Ruth stars ready for postseason action
Jul 10, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Riverton 15-year-old all-star baseball manager Jeff Madrigal isn't concerned his team will only have a week of practice time before the district postseason starts Thursday in Powell.
Riverton learned on Monday they will be playing at 7 p.m. Thursday against the host Powell squad in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament.
Cody and Worland played Wednesday afternoon in the first game of the district tournament for 15-year-olds
"We jumped right on things," Madrigal said. "We got everything in order. We got our players ready to go. We haven't really changed anything. They are all very excited. It's good for the kids. It's good to let them have fun in the tournament. They are not nervous at all."
The winner of Cody-Worland plays at 8:30 a.m. Friday against Lovell. The semifinal game is set for Friday afternoon.
"We are playing as a team a lot faster than I thought they would," Madrigal said. "They have come together quick. Our mature players helped us get ready for it."
The championship game will be played Saturday afternoon.
"Our defense and our pitching will be the keys," Madrigal said. "Our sticks are looking good."
On the mound
Brayden Draper, Alex Fabricus and Sean Davis will be in the pitching rotation for Riverton.
"Brayden and Alex will be our aces," Madrigal said.
In the infield, Riverton will go with Sean Hughes at first. Davis will play second when he isn't pitching.
Josiah Washington is the shortstop. Fabricus is the third baseman when he isn't on the mound.
Anthony Allen is the starting catcher. David Gard plays in center. Nick Stover will go in left and Austin Locker plays right.
"We are strong in the outfield," Madrigal said.
"All of our kids are super fast. They have good arms."
Antone Monroe, Garrett Coffman and Nick O' Halloran also were named to the team.
The Riverton 14-year-old all-star team isn't scheduled to start its state tournament until Wednesday, July 17, in Sheridan.
The official bracket for the 14-year-olds hasn't been announced.
The 14-year-olds don't play in a district tournament.
"We still had a lot of kids who wanted to keep on playing baseball," Riverton 14-year-old manager Mike Fisher said. "The Babe Ruth season is a 12-game season plus playoffs. There is a 13-year-old traveling baseball team. We have a lot of those kids on this team. They were just ready to keep on playing some more games."
Fisher likes the way Riverton is coming together on the diamond.
"Their hitting is improving," Fisher said. "The pitching looks pretty good so far. They just need to get used to playing with each other."
Kolbey Wells is the lone Lander player on the Riverton roster.
Wells is one of the key pitchers for Riverton.
"They are excited to have Kolbey here," Fisher said. "He is a good kid. He has a good personality and he fits in really well with the team. "
Kyren Higgs, Matt Fisher and Ridge McCoy are the other pitchers in the rotation.
Brodie Roden, Fisher and Higgs are the catchers.