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Tourney time for Little League all-stars
Riverton Little League all-star Kobe Matsen made a standup steal into second base ahead of the throw to Lander all-star Max Mazurie during Wednesday night's tune-up game in Riverton. The district tournament starts Wednesday. The title game of the tournament will be played on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Tourney time for talented Riverton Little League all-stars

Jul 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

District action starts Wednesday at Ron Saban complexand will finish on Saturday with the title games.

There's power in the lineup as the Riverton 11- and 12-year-old Little League all-star baseball sets to make a run at the district title this week in Riverton.

The double-elimination tournament starts Wednesday at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.

Riverton opens the tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday vs. Powell.

"We have been practicing hard," Riverton all-star manager Scott Fabricus said.

"We have been working hard. They are ready to play some baseball. It's time to get things going.

It should be a lot of fun."

Riverton beat Lander Wednesday and Thursday in a couple of practice games to warmup for district play.

In 2012, the two Fremont County teams played for seedings for districts.

This year, Wyoming Little League officials already have made up the district bracket.

"We have a team that is heavy on the 12-year-olds," Fabricus said. "We have some big, strong kids.

"We played very well against Lander. We have good pitching. We had very good hitting."

Lander and Cody open the tournament at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Cody won the state Little League title last year.

"I have seen Powell play once this year," Fabricus said. "I'm sure that they are working just as hard as we are."

At noon, Green River and Rock Springs continue the opening round.

Kemmerer and Bridger Valley face each other at 3 p.m.

The winner of Riverton-Powell plays at 7 p.m. Thursday in the semifinal game vs. the winner of Kemmerer-Powell.

"We would like to have Friday off," Fabricus said.

The consolation game is at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The title game is at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The top two teams from the district tournament make the state tournament starting Wednesday, July 24, in Laramie.

"I hope that the community will come out and support us," Fabricus said.

"We are playing really good baseball. It should be exciting."

On the mound

The pitching rotation for Riverton includes Hayden Wempen, Dillon Fabricus, Kobe Matsen and Jaren Draper.

"Hayden has been throwing a lot," manager Fabricus said. "He throws very hard. Dillon is very accurate."

Draper threw 40-plus pitches against Lander. The right-hander had been bothered by a sore elbow but looked good in the game.

"It's really important to throw strikes, because they only get a limited number of pitches," Fabricus said.

Chase Garcia and Draper play second base and shortstop.

Matsen plays at first base when he isn't pitching.

Wempen or Fabricus play catcher. Cody Frazier might play some at third base.

"All the kids on the all-star teams usually play shortstop, second base or pitch in regular-season games," Fabricus said. "You have to find kids who want to play outfield."

Peyton Reese plays in left field for Riverton.

James Hampton starts in center.

"James has a lot of speed and covers a lot of ground," Fabricus said.

"He has really stepped up."

Frazier has played some right field for the all-stars.

"Cody can run to the ball really well," Fabricus said. "He has done a good job for us."

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