Jul 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe top two teams from district make the state tournament next week in Laramie. The title game of the district tournament will be played on Saturday afternoon in Riverton.
The postseason for the Riverton 9- and 10-year-old all-star team begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday vs. Bridger Valley in the district tournament at Ron Saban Saban Baseball Complex in Riverton.
The tournament is a double-elimination bracket.
The winner of the Bridger Valley-Riverton plays at 6 p.m. Thursday against the Cody-North Big Horn winner.
The title game of the tournament is Saturday afternoon.
"We are really super excited," Riverton manager Jim Hinkle said.
"The kids have been working really hard in some of these other tournaments and the scrimmages with Lander."
Lander opens the tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday vs. Powell. At 8 a.m. Green River faces Kemmerer.
"The tournament is very wide open," Hinkle said. "We have seen some of the other towns. They all have the ability to win on any given day. From what I have seen this year, I would expect to see some high-scoring games."
The top two teams from district make the state tournament next week in Laramie.
"The key will be in the pitching and in the ability to throw strikes.
"We need to reduce the number of walks so that we can play defense behind them," Hinkle said.
The pitching rotation for Riverton includes Treyson Draper, Damon DeVries, Brock Hinkle, Aquilo Friday, Blake Dale and Derick Lange.
"We do have a lot of kids who can pitch," manager Hinkle said.
Brock Hinkle is going to play at third base. Draper is the shortstop. Dale will be at second base and Friday is at first.
The catchers are Tyler McKiernan, Hinkle and Tryston Truempler.
"I think that we have excellent catchers," manager Hinkle said. "They all have good arms."
Riverton will go with Derick Lange, McKiernan, Truempler, DeWitt, Rylan Koehn, Paxton Rees and Kameron Murfitt in the outfield.
Hinkle is assisted by Travis Draper and Rich Lange.
Five players from the 2012 district champion Lander 9-10-year-old all-star team are back on the roster this year.
The five helped Lander qualify for the final-four state tournament in Green River.
"They are looking really strong," Lander manager Tom Massey said. "The six new players are coming along. We are hoping that the pitching comes through."
The five returning all-stars are Ty Massey, Jaren Calkins, Jack Sweeney, Eli Mazurie and Conor Carey.
"We feel like we have four or five quality starters," Massey said.
"If they can throw strikes and get us some quality innings with their pitch count, I think that we will be successful. We know that it all comes down to pitching."
Johnny Kulow, Ridge Barrett, Jayden Currah, Caynen Brown, Kurt Hafer and Keegan Stephenson round out the Lander roster.
"I think that it's great that we have that many players back," manager Massey said.
"They have the experience of playing in the tournament and in pressure situations."
The top pitchers for Lander are Calkins, Sweeney, Ty Massey and Barrett.
"We are looking for them to be leaders for the newer guys," Massey said.
"They seem to be pitching, batting and fielding well."